Khon Kaen Yoga : The local provincial governor Pongsak Preechawit announced last week that the International Yoga Festival 2017 will be held on July 30 from 7am to 7pm at Bueng Thung Sang Health Park, Khon Kaen.
Pongsak went on to say that “the event would expose local residents to the popular exercise for good health and they could learn about yoga directly from experts free of charge.”
Not sure if the free of charge applies to expats but sounds like an event for anyone interested in Yoga. I have done yoga as part of my training for years without actually realising it. The stretching exercises are excellent for maintaining flexibility and health especially as the years advance.
This ancient art has long been known for it’s health benefits. It actually dates back thousands of years to an exercise regime based on animal movements. Martial Arts borrow extensively from stretching exercises in yoga and form also. Yoga was most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BC, in ancient India.
Yoga gurus later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Traditional Yoga , however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.