Informative Speech on Yoga Essay

1347 Words Jun 14th, 2010 6 Pages
Informative Speech
By:Amber Samworth

Topic: Yoga
General Purpose: To Inform.
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about yoga.
Thesis Statement: I want my audience to be informed about what yoga is, its history, and why it has become so popular in recent years.
Introduction
I. (Open w/impact) According to Ann Pizer, a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, in an article last accessed on September 18th 2007, for Yoga.About.Com. “Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of Ancient India where yoga first originated. We can think of that union occurring between the mind, body, and spirit.”
II. (Introduce topic) As you can see, yoga is an incredibly healthy practice.
III. (Establish credibility) I have just recently
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By the third period, the “Classical Period”, yoga becomes more structured.
a. In the 2nd Century, Patan Jali attempts to define yoga in his “Yoga Sutra” which is an eightfold path of yoga.
4. The fourth and final period is referred to as the Post Classical period, which extends into present day.
a. Yoga was first introduced to the west in the late 1800s as an eastern philosophy class that most universities offered.
b. Guru Swami Sivananda, a noted Malaysian Physician, modified Patan Jali’s 8 principles into just 5 that are still used today.
Transition: It is believed that if you combine all five principles, you will be in tune physically, mentally, and spiritually. Now you can see why yoga has become so popular in our society.
III. Many of the reasons why it has become so popular is because yoga is extremely beneficial to the body
A. In an article on www.stress.about.com titled “The Benefits of Yoga for Stress Management”, last accessed on September 20th 2007; Elizabeth Scott M.S. says that the following ailments can be benefited by yoga.
1. Stress management.
2. Sound sleep.
3. Allergy symptom relief.
4. Lower blood pressure and heart rate.
5. Spiritual growth.
6. Sense of well being.
7. Increased strength and flexibility.
8. Slowed aging process, and these are just to name a few.
B. Julie Stachowiak PhD…