Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India.
Yoga poses (also called asanas) are at the heart of the physical practice of yoga.
There different of types yoga: HATHA YOGA: Hatha Yoga makes the spine more flexible. KUNDALINI YOGA: Kundalini yoga gives unique consideration to the role of the spine and the endocrine system. MANTRA YOGA: Mantra yoga meditation involves chanting a word or phrase. JNANA YOGA: Jnana-Yoga is the path of Self-realization.
Get your flow on in this dynamic practice that links movement and breath together in a dance-like way. Each pose and the pace can be quick, so be prepared for your heart rate to rise.
Ideal for: Weight loss.
This fairly fast-paced style, sometimes called power yoga, requires you to move continuously. The most well-known vinyasa sequence is the sun salutation, a flowing series of lunging, bending, and stretching asanas. Expect to do standing and seated poses that develop strength, flexibility, and balance. You’ll also spend some time on inversions, such as a shoulder stand or a headstand, in which the feet are raised above the head.
Intense exercisers might enjoy Vinyasa because of its faster pace. Runners and endurance athletes are also drawn to Vinyasa class because of the continuous movement.
Here you’ll get nit-picky about precision and detail, as well as your body’s alignment in each pose. Props, from yoga blocks and blankets to straps or a ropes wall, will become your new best friend, helping you to work within a range of motion that is safe and effective. Unlike in Vinyasa, each posture is held for a certain period.
Ideal for: Anyone with neck or back problems.
Iyengar can also be practiced at any age and is great for those with injuries (though you should consult with a doctor first)
Consisting of six series of specifically sequenced yoga poses, you’ll flow and breathe through each pose to build internal heat. The catch is that you’ll perform the same poses in the exact same order in each class. Ashtanga requires strength and endurance, so you’ll get the most out of it if you practice regularly.
If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll like Ashtanga’s routine and strict guidelines.
This physically and mentally challenging practice looks very different from your typical yoga . You’ll perform kriyas — repetitive physical exercises coupled with intense breath work — while also chanting, singing and meditating. The goal? To break through your internal barriers, releasing the untapped energy residing within you and bringing you a higher level of self-awareness.
This form of yoga was developed to calm the mind and energize the body through movement, the chanting of mantras, and breathing. Usually 50 percent exercise, 20 percent breath work, 20 percent meditation, and 10 percent relaxation. The goal is to release the energy that kundalini devotees believe is stored at the base of the spine.
Good to know: Consider this style the most “out there.” If chanting is not for you, simply repeat the mantras in your head.
Best for: People looking for a spiritual practice.
Those who are seeking something more than a workout may enjoy Kundalini due to its emphasis on the internal aspects of yoga, including breath work, meditation and spiritual energy. This physically challenging style consists of an unvarying sequence of poses. “Typically, you execute 70 poses in one 90-minute to two-hour session. These will include 10 sun salutations, back bends, and inversions.
To calm and balance your body and mind, this is where you’ll find your zen. The opposite of a faster moving practice like Ashtanga, Yin yoga poses are held for several minutes at a time. This meditative practice is designed to target your deeper connective tissues and fascia, restoring length and elasticity. You’ll use props so your body can release into the posture instead of actively flexing or engaging the muscles. Like meditation, its restorative powers might have you hooked.
Best for: People who need to stretch and unwind.
Yin yoga is not recommended for people who are super flexible, (you might overdo it in some poses) or anyone who has a connective tissue disorder
Ideal for: Beginners.
Hatha refers to any practice that combines poses, or asanas, with breathing techniques, or pranayamas. The goal of a basic hatha class is to develop flexibility and balance and to integrate breath into every movement, so it is generally relaxing and restorative.
Ideal for: Building flexibility.
Founder Bikram Choudhury, popularized this style of “hot yoga” in the 1970s. To mimic the climate in Choudhury’s hometown in northern India. Usually done in rooms heated to a sauna like temperatures of a 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with a 40 percent humidity level. “The heat loosens your muscles, increasing your ability to stretch.
It is recommended to avoid eating for at least two hours, you may want to have plenty of water on hand.
Please Always Consult Your Doctor First Before Performing Any of These Exercises
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