INTRO TO YOGA
Did you read our last post on Why I do Yoga Often? Well if you are ready to delve a little deeper into the world of yoguis read on!
Since the invention of yoga (five thousand years ago) this practice has grown, into a tree of many branches! Different kinds of yoga have allowed the student/teacher to strengthen specific aspects of him/herself. Here is a quick outline of some of the kinds available and the purpose of each one:
PY is a dynamic derivation of yoga. Because yoga poses are done faster and in continuation it is a fitness aerobic exercise. Among the benefits we find calorie burning, toxin elimination through sweating, flexibility and toning, stress and tension release, better circulation and stronger immune system.
Bikram Yoga is the original incarnation of Hot Yoga, where yoga is practiced inside a heated studio with specific conditions, and one follows a sequence of 26 postures to strengthen ones focus and endurance. Bihkram Yoga accelerates the flushing of toxins through copious amounts of sweat, while also elevates your heart rate to make a more challenging workout.
This kind of yoga is centered around a meditation that focuses on the chakras. Where the person uses meditation as a means to clear negative energy that accumulates in certain organs of the body through thought patterns and movement.
Contentment, relaxation, stress relief, good circulation, flexibility and improved sexual activity are some of the benefits found associated with this specific practice.
Vinyasa yoga links movement and breath. Many studios offer vinyasa flow classes in heated rooms. Vinyasa Yoga will prove strength training, flexibility, calming of the nervous system, purifying brain and body. It has also been shown to help with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, while accelerating your metabolism and helping with weight loss.
Bhakti yoga is the practice in which the individual seeks connection with God. For which reason he learns to detach from his/her physical body, breaking free from physical limitations. Although this branch of yoga is more suitable for people who have experienced the benefits of meditation and spiritual connection for themselves, it has shown to have many practical benefits such as: overcoming negative experience, higher tolerance to stress, maintaining a good mood, high sense of appreciation for life, positive thought, and maintaining a soothing state of calmness.
If you never tried yoga before, stand in a neutral position, close your eyes and try synchronizing your breath with gentle movement. Focus on this until your thoughts start to vanish and you can experience inner silence. Continue to do this for 30 minutes and let us know how you feel after!
This exercise will give you a small idea of the gratifying post-yoga feeling. If you liked it give it a go! There are many many more kinds of yoga that you can try and they all have benefits that will adjust to your needs.
Which one is your favorite? Have you tried any other kind that we did not mention today?
Share your thoughts with us.