Which Yoga Poses Is Right for You?
As yoga rises in popularity, new styles of yoga are developed. In most cases, the new styles are a mixture of older styles. With a multitude of yoga styles to choose from what can you really achieve from all these choices.
Here’s a guide to help you decide what you can gain from yoga and the various poses.
Yoga Your Way to Physical and Mental Fitness:
Although considered by many simply as a fad.
Yoga has helped thousands of people in improving their physical and mental fitness.
Maybe you think that yoga is all about bending and breathing and nothing else, think again.
Brief History of Yoga:
The practice of yoga has been around for more than four thousand years.
Its roots can be traced back to India where it is a highly valued practice to reach a state of enlightenment.
Yoga as a means to enlightenment is a central point in several religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
In other parts of the world, the popularity of yoga is caused by its many health benefits and its associated use with asanas (poses) of Hatha Yoga as fitness exercises.
Yoga has been described as a harmonious balance between the body, mind and soul.
It is a system which allows us to bring culture, balance and happiness to ourselves.
It works via a need for strong mental discipline and the ancient theories,
It is based on regarding the interconnection between the mind and body, are now being regularly supported by modern scientific theory.
Calm and Restorative:
Some people seek yoga as a way to soothe the daily stresses.
Thus becoming more centered.
If that is the goal you’re seeking then you may want to try a yoga style that is calm and restorative.
The Following Styles May Suit Your Needs:
- Yes, the name of this yoga style identifies the primary benefit.
- Designed to help repair and restore.
- You’ll move through about five different poses and you’ll hold them for extended periods of time.
- Vini means adaptive and that’s exactly what this style is.
- Adaptive to your needs and goals.
- Perfect for people who are working with injuries or limitations.
- Practiced in a small group or one on one so your instructor can create a practice that’s just right for you.
This style focuses on utilizing gentle postures which are designed to move energy and prepare your mind and body for a calm state and meditation.
Powerful and Intense:
- Looking for a yoga style that challenges you.
- Helps you build strength.
- Improves your fitness, then the following styles may suit your needs.
Ashtanga (or Astanga) Yoga:
- This style of yoga is physically demanding.
- You’ll move quickly through series of postures.
- Designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance.
Power Yoga or Power Vinyasa:
- Power yoga is a physically demanding yoga style.
- The goal is to improve strength and flexibility.
- It’s also often practiced as hot yoga which means you’ll be in a room that’s around 100 degrees F.
- The goal with hot yoga is to detoxify.
- Can be great for weight loss.
This yoga style provides a complete workout.
You’ll move through 26 poses that include.
- Classes are always in a hot room.
Yoga Consists of a Number of Different Exercises or Poses.
Examples of these poses are the cat and cow poses.
Both are connected and begin with you on all fours on the floor.
Arching the back upwards like a cornered cat places you in the cat pose and the reverse, lowering the back puts you into the cow pose.
Another common form of exercise is a forward bend that will help in the stretching of the lower back and hamstring muscles.
There are a number of other advantages to forward bends:
They release tension in the back neck and shoulder as well as increasing the flexibility of the spine.
Forward bends can be uncomfortable at first if you have any injuries in the neck or back area.
Regularly during these poses will help in the recovery of these injuries and even help strengthen the area.
The counterpart of a forward bend is a back bend.
This opens up the chest, hips and rib cage area.
As well as strengthening the arms, they also provide increased strength and flexibility to the shoulders.
This type of exercise is fantastic at increasing the stability of the spine, but is also useful for relieving built up tension along the front of the body and the hips.
The relationship between back and forward bends is a perfect example of the importance of the bodies balance in Yoga.
Hatha Yoga: (Sun and Moon)
Hatha Yoga poses were developed in India during the fifteenth century.
They are designed as an aid to relaxation and healing and usually introduced with a concept of “the contemplation of one reality”.
The end result of using these exercises correctly and in tandem with breathing exercises and meditation.
Will give an increase in vitality, physical health and a stronger mental health.
The basics of Yoga and the asanas are consistent from one discipline to another.
Do The Twist:
Another simple Yoga exercise is doing the twist.
Not the Chubby Checker twist LOL.
Twists will strengthen and stretch your back or abdominal muscles and help to increase the flexibility of your spine.
They also aid in increasing your bodies circulation that brings oxygen supplies to your cells.
This fresh blood and oxygen supply that is released as you twist will improve the functioning of your bodies internal organs.
A yoga session will often begin with a standing pose.
These are a very good low impact, low stress starting point for a Yoga session.
Standing poses benefit the legs and hips and help provide a sense of centering, balance and of course strength to the legs themselves.
The end of a Yoga session is usually marked by a group of poses known as Relaxation and Restorative Poses.
This group of exercises is designed to give the positive energies and forces released by the Yoga session to move throughout your body and benefit you completely.
Purpose of Yoga and Its Main Components:
Besides reaching a spiritual state of enlightenment, yoga can also help individuals reach a better understanding of not only their bodies but their inner selves as well.
When practicing yoga, you’ll notice that you’ll be concentrating on three main points:
- Body Positioning or Posture
- Breathing Techniques
- Meditating Techniques
Advantages of Yoga:
Treating Back Injuries:
yoga can heal back injuries that you may have by increasing the blood circulation for your injured tissues to heal faster and strengthening your lower back muscles
Yoga may also in several cases heal other types of injuries as well
Yoga also has the power to reduce chances of re-injuring yourself, shorten the time needed to recover from injuries and serve as a regular exercise technique to prevent disabilities
Mental Clarity and Improved Stress Control:
The quiet and deeply relaxing techniques used in yoga would help you have a better state of mind every day at work and better control of your stress levels
Greater Self-Understanding and General Well-Being:
Find yourself amazed with how much at peace you feel with yourself when you start practicing yoga regularly
Generally Better Physical Health Besides:
Getting that ideal toned figure you’ve been aiming for.
Yoga will also help in refreshing your kidneys and maintain a better posture.
Rediscover the simple pleasures of sleeping with the help of yoga.
Beginners Tips for Yoga Practice:
Consult Your Doctor Before you start yoga if you feel the need too.
Make sure that your doctor gives you the go-ahead to do so.
Anyone can do yoga but there are certain poses that would be dangerous to attempt if you have injuries or disabilities.
If you only attend a class or two every two months, that’s sort of defeating the point of joining a class in the first place.
Choose the type of yoga class that fits your taste and abilities.
On the other hand, if you’re not the social type, you can always attempt yoga practice at home and with privacy.
The only disadvantage to this however is the chance that you’re not doing something right and the possibility of causing harm to yourself.
The best compromise, in this case, would be to hire a private teacher for a lesson or two or until you feel confident enough to practice on your own.
What style suits you, what poses (asanas) do you like.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.