Not many of us haven’t tried or heard of Yoga. It is a large part of popular culture today and for good reason. It is exercise, that engages your Mind and Spirit as well as your body.
It really isn’t fair to call it exercise and not a way of life for many. Yoga is directly related to Mindfulness and all about being focused and present in the moment. Here is a quiz to find your style: Yoga Quiz
Namaste:an ancient Sanskrit greeting still in everyday use in India and especially on the trail in the Nepal Himalaya. Translated roughly, it means “I bow to the God within you”, or “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” – a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness.
The Benefits Of Yoga
All Yoga provides benefits such as stress relief , getting in shape, building strength and flexibility. But there are so many different types. There are over 800 types practiced today which makes it confusing when you are starting out.
I highly suggest in the beginning that you take a class. I can speak to this from personal experience because it is very easy to injure yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are types of Yoga to consider:
It is a nice class for beginners as it teaches the moves and eases you gently into it. It focuses on breathing and proper alignment. It is very good for stress and probably the least physically challenging.
One of the newer types of Yoga, it was started in 1997. John Friend designed it with the mindset that we are all good. It is using a physical means to help open your heart and letting your inner goodness shine. It is challenging to the mind and body as it utilizes the creator’s Universal Principles of Alignment.
Has been around since the seventies and it follows poses similar to Vinyasa. Each pose links every minute to breath. In Ashtanga you do every move in the same order. It is demanding physically.
Is sweaty no doubt, as it is usually in a heated room. It is one of the most popular of all the types.
Hot Yoga isn’t much different from Bikram, though they don’t follow the same pattern with movement, both are practiced under heat conditions.
It is very focused on breathing and proper alignment and uses props to aid the right form such as blocks, blankets, and straps.
Restorative Alive is very relaxing and often suggested to women suffering stress-related conditions. It also uses blocks.
Finally, there is Vinyasa Yoga which means flow. It is centered on fluid movement as each pose flows into the next. It is similar to Ashtanga yet more energetic and sometimes partnered with music.
So remember to start a program under the supervision of a trained professional as alignment is so vital especially when you first start. To learn more about the Lifestyle check out Yoga Mat Monkey