By Laman Ismayilova
Looking for reasons to try yoga? From increased strength to flexibility to heart health, yoga has many benefits.
Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. This total mind-body workout combines stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation.
The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches. Aside from the physical benefits, it also helps a person manage stress.
YARAT Contemporary Art Space has an open air yoga festival.
The yoga festival is a vivid experience, classes with the best teachers in yoga, workshops for children, healthy food and excellent mood.
The event, co-organized by Baku Boulevard State Administration aims to promote healthy lifestyle, Trend Life reported.
The festival began on July 23 with a mass outdoor yoga session by head of The Art of Living Azerbaijan Kanan Mammadov.
"Yoga is not just exercise, there are various styles that include both the physical constituent of yoga, and a philosophical part. And usually beginners take a yoga class from a sporting point of view, but in the future they experience considerable mental change – inner peace and harmony. The word "yoga" from the Sanskrit root means to unite the harmony of body, soul and mind," said Mammadov.
Before the festival, all participants were provided with detailed information about practices of yoga, lectures, workshops, consultations, classes for children, etc.
During the day variety of different activities were held. Green lawns near the Caspian Sea, yoga classes with professional teachers, master classes for children, music performances, fire show, flying yoga, healthy food, aikido, capoeira, and a great mood were provided to all participants.
The festival organizers have also prepared special events for kids – face art, yoga for kids, drawing.
The yoga day sparked the interest of Baku residents.
"I do yoga for almost three years, and try not to miss such events. The festival is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn about different areas of yoga, to attend classes and workshops. During class, you feel a surge of energy, so I advise everyone to do yoga," said Sabina Mustafayeva who joined the festival.
Partners to the festival are Yoga Shahi Studio,The Art of Living International Foundation, Indian Dance Studio Chandramukhi and Sevimli Bala children's organization.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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