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The Essentials of Yoga Practice

Essentials of yoga practice for health and wellness

Today yoga is very popular among those who practice a healthy lifestyle. Somehow it’s even a fashion and more people decide to try it on themselves. Some of them do it to keep fit, others – to learn how to control their minds. The best way is to use both of these goals while practicing.

So what is it? When you think of yoga, do you imagine a bunch of women trying to stand indifficult poses or doing acrobatics? That’s just a stereotype; yoga is much more than that. It’s a disciplined method to achieve and maintain balance, which is done through exercise, breathing and meditation. Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge.

The Types of Yoga

There are numerous types of yoga, so that everybody can choose the one that fits him/her perfectly.

  • Bikram
  • Hatha
  • Jivamukti
  • Power
  • Anusara
  • Vinyasa
  • Ashtanga
  • Prenatal
  • Iyengar
  • Kundalini
  • And many more.

The most popular of them are Hatha, Bikram and Vinyasa, each of which has special goals. For example: Hatha yoga is perfect for beginners as it’s slow-paced and includes a lot of breathing exercises. Bikram yoga is also known as “Hot yoga”; it’s also popular among beginners because there are only 26 poses. Vinyasa yoga is the best for those who like to move, it has a variety of always changing poses.

Why Yoga?

Yoga is amazingly good for your health, body and mind. Practicing yoga helps with:

  • Musculoskeletal and mental health improvements.
  • Reducing symptoms of asthma in asthmatics.
  • Improving mood and anxiety.
  • Benefiting those who suffer from heart disease.
  • Decreasing depression, insomnia, pain and fatigue.
  • Increasing anxiety control.
  • Positive effects on sleep anxiety, quality of life and spiritual growth.

Yoga is for anyone who wants to get his/her thoughts and ideas straight; or just to keep fit. It doesn’t require any special equipment or clothing, so if you are really willing to start yoga, you can do it!

If you have found all the information and decided that yoga is right for you, here are some tips to get you started:

First: about your clothes. Yoga is most often done barefoot; you should use comfortable exercise pants or shorts; a shirt that is fitted is best.

Second: how to prepare. You should not eat a heavy meal right before you do yoga. Also, you should make a little practice place at home, that will motivate you more.

And third: stay positive. Even if you can’t do something, or the teacher is correcting you all the time, don’t get irritated. You can do it. Practice makes perfect, remember?

All in all, yoga is definitely one of the best ways to keep fit and relax your body and mind. It doesn’t only help you to lose weight easily, it helps release stuck emotions. There are thousands more benefits of yoga, including that it’s not a competitive sport; it saves money; you can do it anywhere; and there are no injuries.

In short, yoga makes you feel better. It’s great! Why then not to try it?

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  • Lily

    hiphop yoga sound good. I have never heard of it but very interesting! Thanks for sharing this,

  • Healthy Living Online Admin

    I find I get bored doing the slower forms (like hatha) so I stick to vinyasa or Bikram, more upbeat and you feel great afterwards. You should definetely do a retreat – if anything you get a holiday :)

  • Healthy Living Online Admin

    I’ve never heard of hip hop yoga, sounds like a great work out :)

  • Healthy Living Online Admin

    I’m a yogi myself and love Bikram, but agree that it is time consuming. Thanks for sharing

  • Cari @ MeetMyHusband

    I adore yoga! I always feel amazing after it. I tried Bikram for the first time last year, and would do it five times a week if I had the time. Great post!

  • Jess @UsedYorkCity

    I went to my first “hip hop yoga” class last night. While it definitely wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I LOVED the upbeat nature of the class, and it definitely helped the time pass much quicker:-) Was DRENCHED by the end of class, too!

  • Fiona Maclean

    You know, the patience bit is my problem! I think if I ever decide to really try yoga the only way I’ll succeed is by a retreat where I have a week or two of doing it. I get so put off by not being able to do something in class I don’t go back the next week!