Getting started with yoga – A beginner’s guide

Yoga is a dynamic exercise routine that nurtures your body, mind, and soul. Yoga is known to instill good habits and help you in getting in shape both physically and mentally. As several yoga workshops in Los Angeles points out, when done correctly this exercise routine can bring in happiness, peace, and clarity in the Yogi’s (person who does yoga) mind.

There are close to ten different types of yoga existing in the world today, some ancient while others are reformed versions of the ancient traditions. However, each of the following techniques is aimed at making the body fit and healthy.

How to define yoga? 

Yoga is a vast concept and it has several interpretations making the subject more complex. According to many, yoga is a way to connect with the inner consciousness, while for the others it is a mean of getting fit. According to ancient Indian doctrines, written in 400 A.D., yoga is the method to control the mind from wandering.

Although, the definition might sound a bit heavy many believe it to be true. When done correctly, many practitioners have found a vast improvement in their concentration levels, making it easier to focus on their jobs and inherent problems in life. Probably, that is the reason why close to 36.7 million people in America are practicing this Indian exercise routine. The worldwide numbers could be way higher.

How does yoga help? 

As discussed in the beginning, yoga not only works towards improving physical strength but also improves posture and flexibility. Apart from that, regular practice can improve balance as well as the mobility of an individual. These benefits of yoga make it’s a favorite among athletes.                  

Besides, yoga is known to help in managing stress and anxiety issues. The regulated breathing exercises, along with minimal body movements in some yoga postures or asanas, can soothe the nervous system helping the person in relaxing. People suffering from issues in having a good sleep have benefitted from this routine exercise.       

Types of Yoga 

According to several yoga experts, the exercise routine isn’t your typical one-size-fits-all routine. Here there are numerous methods, postures, and breathing cycles that can have a host of benefits. Ideally, there are close to ten different types of exercise routines that are widely popular today:

  1. Hatha Yoga 

Here focus is mostly on the breathing techniques and asanas or yoga poses that help in aligning and calming the body, spirit, and mind. These classes are usually slower-paced, but staying in the same posture could be more demanding.      

  1.     IyengarYoga  

This type of yoga uses a combination of seating and standing postures with the help of props for yogis who want to focus on posture, alignment, and improve their muscular power.

  1. Vinyasa Poses

This synchronizes movement of the body with regulated breathing defines this type of yoga. Many referred to it as a free-flowing exercise routine. However, here the movements are faster than in the traditional Hatha yoga.

  1.     Jivanmukti Yoga 

Here, the entire set of sequence exercise fits in chanting, meditation, deep listening, and compassion. Here the focus is mostly on spiritual uplifting while physical elements like improvement of health are add-ons.

  1. Viniyoga 

The breathing and meditation are the prime focus of the Viniyoga exercise routine; making is an excellent choice for people who want to work on their inner-self or have limited mobility. Also, this routine helps in improving posture and relaxing the body.  

  1. Asthanga Yoga  

It is more of a physically challenging and fast-paced exercise routine, meant to improve the strength and agility of the person. Here the individual passes on from one posture to another, taking a break only after they have completed the entire series.     

  1. Kundalini 

Here the movements or kriyas involve chanting, dynamic breathing, meditation, and hymns. It is believed in the Hindu mythology that such exercises open the doors of spiritual realms.

  1. Bikram Yoga / Hot Yoga 

A modern adaption of yoga, here the focus of the entire exercise routine is detoxing the body and mind. The routine comprises of 26 postures which are repeated in a cyclically for 90 minutes. Another important feature of this type of exercise is that it is practiced in a closed room and at a temperature of 40.6°C or 105°F.

  1. Restorative Yoga 

It is a milder and gentler form of yoga, where the one has to hold the asana for 10 minutes or more. Since props are used for support, chances of injuries are quite less here. This exercise routine is ideal for patients with chronic pain.

  1. Yin Yoga

Here the yogi has to hold the particular position for a few minutes, mainly while lying down or in a seated position. The person has to stretch their body or perform a range of postures that can help in releasing stress or chronic pain.    

Yoga can help your body in getting better and calm your mind. The Namastday Yoga Center organizes yoga workshops Los Angelesfor people who are interested to learn this exercise routine. For more information, visit namastday.com or call (310) 923-9922.

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