Popular Types of Yoga

Popular Types of Yoga

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Hatha Yoga Yoga Popular Types of Yoga The hatha style of yoga is a general form which incorporates many other yoga styles. Hatha yoga is most commonly practiced in western culture and is characterized by its emphasis on breathing exercises and postures. One of the greatest attributes of the hatha style of yoga is that it is a gentle form. This makes it perfect for individuals who are being introduced to yoga, while still being mentally and physically stimulating for those individuals more experienced in the practice of yoga. Ultimately, hatha yoga is best people who are looking for simple ways relax and unwind from the stress encountered in everyday life. Bikram Yoga The bikram style of yoga is one of the more intense forms, which is recommended for individuals who have extensive experience in yoga. All bikram style yoga classes follow the same structure and can push the body to its mental and physical 0 limits. Within the bikram style yoga class the room is heated to 100F or more and within a ninety minute time period there are a total of twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises performed. Ashtanga Yoga The ashtanga style of yoga was introduced to Western culture in thH ¶V E\ WKH yoga master Pattabhi Jois. This style of yoga is characterized by its fast paced nature and physical demands. More specifically every student is taught to link every movement as they change postures to a breath.

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Popular Types of Yoga
The hatha style of yoga is a general form which incorporates many other yoga styles. Hatha yoga is most commonly practiced in western culture and is characterized by its emphasis on breathing exercises and postures. One of the greatest attributes of the hatha style of yoga is that it is a gentle form. This makes it perfect for individuals who are being introduced to yoga, while still being mentally and physically stimulating for those individuals more experienced in the practice of yoga. Ultimately, hatha yoga is best people who are looking for simple ways relax and unwind from the stress encountered in everyday life.
Bikram Yoga
The bikram style of yoga is one of the more intense forms, which is recommended for individuals who have extensive experience in yoga. All bikram style yoga classes follow the same structure and can push the body to its mental and physical 0 limits. Within the bikram style yoga class the room is heated to 100 F or more and within a ninety minute time period there are a total of twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises performed.
Ashtanga Yoga
The ashtanga style of yoga was introduced to Western culture in the 1970’s by the yoga master Pattabhi Jois. This style of yoga is characterized by its fast paced nature and physical demands. More specifically every student is taught to link every movement as they change postures to a breath. The ashtanga style yoga class is divided into a total of six series. Each of the six series contains specific postures and the level of difficulty increases as you move from one series to the next in the sequence.
Kundalini Yoga
The kundalini style of yoga incorporates many moving parts which includes meditation, breathing exercises, postures, and chants. This style was introduced to western culture in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan. One of the unique attributes of the kundalini style of yoga is its emphasis on spiritual awakening and awareness. Within this style of yoga it is believed that spiritual awareness is achieved by releasing energy from the base of the spine. This in turn moves energy through our seven chakras. In kundalini yoga chakra represent the centers of our bodies. Each of the seven chakras is connected to different organs and glands. It is believed that if there is blockage to any of our chakras it can led to health issues.
Benefits of Yoga
1.Improves body posture By incorporating simply yoga exercises into your daily routine you can have significant improvement in your body posture. Our body posture has direct relation with the alignment of the spine. Poor alignment of the spine can result in chronic pains and also have a long term effects such as a hunched back in older age. 2.Improves your circulatory health The practice of yoga has been found to improve a person’s circulatory health in a number of ways. One example of this is the lowering of blood sugar, which decreases the risk of developing diabetic complications such as heart attack. Also it has been found to have a significant impact on lowering blood pressure.
3.Better SleepHelps with Insomnia Yoga is known to help people who suffer with insomnia. Within the various styles of yoga there is a special emphasis on meditation and relaxation. This is beneficial due to the fact that such actions reduce the stimulation of our nervous system, which results in more restful sleep. 4.Helps digestive problems The stress encountered in everyday life can contribute to the development of many digestive problems such as constipation or irritable bowel syndrome. Due to the various movements of the body in yoga exercise, it can help with issues such as constipation by moving our waste throughout the digestive system. Also relaxation and breathing exercises can help solve these issues.
5.Weight Loss The process of losing weight for many individuals doesn’t comeeasy; however yoga has been shown to help in this process. Some of gentle forms of yoga don’t make a significant impacton weight loss, but some of the more intense forms like bikram yoga that was discussed earlier can be beneficial in the weight loss process. These intense forms require an incredible amount of physical activity under tough conditions.
6.Mental Clarity The act of meditation and breathing exercises which play a significant role in yoga can help improve a person’s mental clarity. By calming the mind of thoughts that can distract us or cause stress, we are able to think more clearly and efficiently. 7.Improves balance Within the practice of yoga there are proprioception exercises. These types of exercises increase a person’s awareness of their sensory inputin regards to position and motion, which in turn improves balance.
8.Increases muscle tone and strength In order to perform many of the exercises present in yoga, it requires a fair amount of muscle strength. Over time as a person continuously practices yoga techniques their muscle strength improves, which can help prevent the development of issues such arthritis in later stages in life. 9.Increases Flexibility Making significant improvement to your overall flexibility is a well-known benefit of incorporating yoga into your routine. The various yoga postures improve the flexibility of our connective tissues, ligaments, and muscles which all results in better body posture. This increased flexibility then reduces the aches and pains encountered on a daily basis.
10.Reduces Injures As discussed earlier a person can develop their flexibility through regular yoga practice. This can help to reduce some potential injures because once the body is use to moving its joints, ligaments, tendons, etc. in a wide range of motion, it can adjust to physical strain more efficiently.
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