Yoga originated in ancient India as a spiritual tenet of Eastern Hindu philosophy. The early form of the word literally means to attach, join, or unite. Yoga is increasing in popularity due to its benefits which range from improved balance, sexual health, coordination, mental health, joint flexibility, cardiovascular health, muscular strength and more! Adding Yoga into your life holds a number of benefits, as I have said earlier. These include:
- Develop spiritual & mental strength
- Improve strength & muscular endurance
- Engage every muscle in the body
- Make new friends in group classes
Many types of yoga exist and which type you choose determines what benefits you will reap from that activity. Each type is an art form, a respected field and not to be entered into lightly. This is not Pilates for the weak. This is an ancient meditation, exercise and spiritual dance…respect it, and you will benefit greatly. The types of yoga include:
- Weight Loss
- Stress Relief
- Injury Related
I want to focus on 5 of these: traditional, pre-natal, spiritual, flexibility and weight loss.
Traditional yoga or classical yoga encompasses a wide variety of techniques. It follows the ancient methods of Swami Sivinanda.
What a great workout for mommys-to-be! Originally developed to help during the birthing process, now the focus has shifted to keep an expectant mother limber and toned during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and want to start yoga, consult your doctor before beginning as each woman’s body requires different care.
By far the most appealing method of yoga for me is the spiritual style. One must adhere to the laws and tenets set forth by ancient teachers in order to free their mind and achieve transcendence.
This goes without saying. The purpose of Flexibility Yoga is to make you more flexible. I took flexibility yoga so that I could raise my agility in the boxing ring, making strength training and cardio easier and safer. This is the main reason most people participate in yoga.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Another weight loss tip—yoga! Yoga helps the body develop muscles, build strength and increase flexibility. However, there are other forms of yoga that will raise your heart rate level enough for yoga to be enough exercise by itself. These are called Ashtanga and Hot. Hot yoga studios are popping up left and right in most cities. It’s awful—I hated it. That’s all I can say.
So there you have it, as many types of yoga as I can think of or have participated in. Let me know what your favorite type of yoga is in the comment’s section!