This is the Practice of Yoga
Of the activities available in the pursuit of fitness, the beginning and the end are relaxing the muscles. Stretching is the usual way to prepare for strenuous exercise, and the best way to cool down afterward.
Ad for sure, extending and flexing all parts of your body will keep us fit and trim.
An Eastern practice that has been popular for centuries is also very popular in the West, it is Yoga and we can do it at home.
The word “yoga” comes from ancient Hindu philosophy in India, it means union. It can refer to the union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle. Another meaning is the practice physical and mental disciplines to attain liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle.
Here, the term yoga signifies any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced, to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquillity and self-union.
There are several of kinds of yoga, and no matter what kind of day we are having, there is some type of yoga to suit our state of mind and being.
YogaTrail has provided a comprehensive decision chart to guide for us to follow if looking to begin to practice yoga:
The Big Q: Are you overwhelmed by this chart?”
The Big A: If so follow the arrow leads to Hatha Yoga.
There are 3 types of yoga practice that are popular in America.
First: Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga combines slow-paced and gentle “asanas” (stretching postures) with “pranayama” (breathing exercises) to calm and unify the mind and body.
This sounds a lot harder than it is. For example, try this on for size: Stand straight with your arms extended out to the sides, palms up. Without twisting your body or arms, turn only your head to the left and breathe in deeply. Exhale all the air as you turn only your head to the right. Repeat several times.
Simple stretches like a seated forward bend where you touch your toes, feet, calves or knees can all be yogic postures if you focus on your breathing.
So don’t be afraid to head over to YouTube for a beginner’s video to use in the comfort and privacy of your own home, or find a local school or instructor if you prefer the moral support of a friendly group of fellow health-seekers.
Second: Kundalini Yoga
Take Hatha yoga, add some dynamic breathing techniques, chanting mantras and meditation, and you get Kundalini yoga.
Named for the energy at the base of the spine, the objective is to “raise” the Kundalini force visualized as light or fire up the spinal column, through the seven chakras.
The ultimate goal is to activate the Crown Chakra, at which point enlightenment is said to occur.
Regular practice of Kundalini yoga leads to freedom from Karma aka the lasting effects of past actions, and a new understanding of one’s life purpose.
A Kundalini exercise is called a “kriya” and it is usually both repetitive and synchronized with the breath.
Gaia explains that “Kundalini Yoga is a blend of Bhakti Yoga, the yogic practice of devotion and chanting: Raja Yoga, the practice of meditation/mental and physical control; and Shakti Yoga, for the expression of power and energy.
Third: Bikram Yoga
Bikram yoga is the same no matter where we might be in the US, it is a class that features 26 postions and 2 breathing techniques, in the same order for 90 mins, in a room heated to 105°F (40.6°C), with a humidity of 40%,” according to my friend founder Bikram Choudhury. I have never done it, thought he has invited me many times.
The heat in the sauna-like Bikram yoga room promotes flexibility and promotes rapid detoxification.
Bikram says his method of yoga relieves stress, tones the body, and heals chronic pain such as arthritis, joint aches, knee injuries, and back problems.
Yogis (men) and yoginis (women) in a Bikram yoga class listen to the instructor, who leads a moving meditation without demonstration. This allows the mind to focus within, rather than on the external guide.
No matter which style of yoga you choose, the Key to success with all physical and mental disciplines is to do it and keep doing it.
Regular yoga sessions will pay off with increased range of motion, better balance, straighter posture, slower breathing, better sleep, and increased energy levels.
Yoga has changed peoples lives for the better for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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