Yoga

18 12 2010

Yoga’s existence was found to be from around 3000 B.C. It is said to be as old as civilization!

Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice issued from a Hindu discipline made to train the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility.  It is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation.

Who can Practice Yoga?

Yoga is suitable for most adults of any age or physical condition. Because of the nonstrenuous nature of our approach to exercise, even those with physical limitations can find a beneficial routine of Yoga.  Any of the following may benefit from yoga practice: physical limitations due to age, illness, injury, substance abuse recovery, obesity, or inactivity.

Types of Yoga:

Bikram Yoga – Get ready to practice yoga in 105 degree heat and in 40% humidity.  Though Bikram only has 26 poses and there’s lots of alignment work so it might be a good fit for beginners.

Hatha Yoga – Also good for beginners, Hatha typically requires a lot of breath work. Class is also likely to be focused on slow and gentle movements so it’s a great type of yoga to wind down with at night.

Vinyasa Yoga – Vinyasa is usually a fast-paced type of yoga with lots of different poses. Other than starting with a sun salutation, no two classes will be alike. You definitely won’t get bored!

Kundalini Yoga – “Kundalini” refers to the energy of the Root Chakra, which surrounds the area around your lower spine. Expect lots of work on your “core” area and your abs. You should also expect rapid movement and more sitting than usual.

Ashtanga Yoga – Commonly called Power yoga, Ashtanga is physically demanding. It’s probably best suited for an ex-athlete or someone looking to sculpt their body.

Iyengar Yoga – Focused a lot on body alignment so you will use some of the following equipment: blocks, harnesses, straps, and even cushions. It is great for physical therapy.

Anusara Yoga – It is epitomized by “the celebration of the heart. It is one of the more spiritual types of yoga and you should expect a more upbeat, community-type vibe in a class.

Kripalu Yoga – Considered to be one of the gentlest forms of yoga, Kripalu has more of an “inner focus.” It’s a great type of yoga for those who are either out-of-shape or just beginning to practice, as you’ll learn the basics in an easy manner.

Restorative Yoga – Looking to wind down after a long day of work? Or perhaps you want to quiet your mind? Restorative yoga might be the answer as it’s focused on relaxation.

 

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