An ancient Hindu system of stretching and toning the body through movements or postures (asanas), composed of deep breathing, relaxation methods, and diet. Yoga is frequently part of stress-reduction programs.
It helps improve muscle tone, flexibility and mobility; reduces stress and anxiety; and induces a sense of well-being. The word "yoga" denotes a concept of discipline leading to union. The body and the mind form a continuum of consciousness and life that, when achieving a state of focus and clarity, may unite with Universal Spirit.
Definition of Offering
The word Yoga come from Sanskrit and means union. It is a system of integrating and balancing body, mind, emotion and spirit.
Description of Offering
The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit and means union. It is a system of integrating and balancing body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Widely practiced in the East for thousand of years, it aroused little interest in the west until the twentieth century. Today some practice it as a spiritual pathway and others as a form of exercise, it is a popular way to relieving stress.
This offering has its roots in ancient practices.
Origin of Offering
Ayurveda (Ancient India)
Creator of Offering (Nationality)
Patanjali (Indian) is called the father of Yoga.
Comments about offering’s origin/creator
Patanjali was not its inventor but the first to present Raja Yoga Systematically in the Yoga Sutras.
Brief History of the Offering
The oldest surviving documentary evidence of what is now known as Yoga is from India and dates from the first millennium BCE. Archeologists in India have found artifacts depicting Yoga poses and believe that the origins began in southwest Asia more than 3000 years ago. Patanjali was the first to present Raja Yoga in the Yoga sutras. He defined yoga as the control of the thought waves of the mind.
Yoga Evolution: *Raja Yoga, 1000 BCE Yoga sutras by Patanjali *Jnana Yoga, 900 BCE philosophers wrote the Upanishads. (Text intended to educate and quiet the mind.) *Karma Yoga, 300 BCE, Bhagad gita by Sage Vyasa based on the universal law of Karma. *Tantric Yoga, 4th Century CE, Created by the buddhist Sage Asanga develop his philosophy of harnessing the energy of the senses and imagination to achieve the higher consciousness and eventually enlightenment. *Bhakti Yoga by Ramanuja, 1000 CE, prayers, songs of praise, mantras and meditation are used as ways of uniting brahman and atman and achievieng enlightenment. *Hatha Yoga, 1000 CE, 'Ha' means sun and 'Tha' means moon, this symbolize the masculine and feminine.
Primary Benefit Received
Balancing body, mind and spirit
Increase Flexibility, Stress Reduction
The Health Benefits of Yoga and Exercise: A Review of Comparison Studies
Alyson Ross and Sue Thomas
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2010), V 16(1)
Primary Findings of Research
In the studies reviewed, yoga interventions appeared to be equal or superior to exercise in nearly every outcome measured except those involving physical ﬁtness.
Typical Length of Offering
60 - 75 minutes
The offering is most often provided to small groups (3-10)
Offering is primarily suited for:
Day Spa (wellness focus), Resort/Hotel/Cruise Ship Spa, Destination Spa, Hospital/Rehabilitation Center, Club Spa (day or residential)
How many treatment providers are needed to produce the offering?
Common License/Certification or Training necessary to provide the offering:
Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Life Coach, Yoga Instructor
Information about the most often used offering protocol
The Yoga Directory (2003), 49-156
Comments about Offering Protocol
The are many references about Yoga. This is one of the books that represent a general compilation about Yoga.
Type of space/facility most often used for the offering:
Group Fitness Studio
How many towels are used?
Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?
How many sheets are used?
Does the offering require the use of products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.)?
Does the offering require the use of disposable supplies (i.e. cotton squares, balls and swabs, lancets, etc.)?
Equipment and supplies needed to provide the offering:
Yoga Mat, Strap, Yoga Blocks, Yoga Music
Beyond labor, linens, disposable supplies and products, please list any other direct costs associated with the offering?
Including only the following items (products, disposable items, linen laundry, and other direct costs---not labor), what is the typical cost of the offering?
$0 - $150 USD
Comments about offering costs.
The investment happens at the first time, to buy Yoga mats, straps, Yoga blocks, and the music. after that you just pay labor, laundry and cleaning supplies.
Typical single session price of the offering.
$20 - $300 USD
Comments about offering price.
Yoga can be offered as a complimentary amenity. A private Yoga class will cost around $110 USD and a group class will cost around $20 to $30 USD. Workshops can cost around $ 200 to 300 USD.
Publication used to prepare this submission.
The Yoga Directory
History of Yoga (2003), 16-19
The Yoga Bible
Yoga posture (2005)
Spa Director, One&Only Palmilla
Vanessa Infante started as Spa Director in 2007 at The Tides Rivera Maya. In 2009, was Spa Director at Capella Pedregal, voted Best Spa in the World by Travel & Leisure. Currently working at One&Only Palmilla Spa, recently voted Best Spa in North/South America. She is a certified International Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and holds several massage certifications.
Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA