Zen Yoga is a variation of traditional yoga that combines the different philosophies of various Eastern health and fitness traditions. The discipline's founder, Aaron Hoopes, created this form of yoga to increase accessibility to people who are less athletic. The philosophies of shanti yoga, qigong, and tai-chi are combined to help increase flexibility, improve the flow of breathing, and open joints. The philosophy of Zen is incorporated through being mindfully aware of the present moment. The basic principle of Zen Yoga is that simple breathing, movement and stretching exercises are available to anyone regardless of age, fitness, or health.
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