Yoga for Beginners

Feb 07, 2019

Are you tired of the daily struggles?
Are you burdened by stress and leading a sedentary lifestyle?
Do you just simply want to be fit?
There is only one answer to all of these questions – YOGA.
Yoga originated from ancient India. It is debated that the existence of yoga dates back to Indus Valley Civilization and Pre Vedic-Eastern States of India.
Yoga is not just workout; it is a healthy lifestyle. Yoga cannot just help you change your physical and mental state, it can also prepare your mind and body for long term health and wellness. It is not specific to a particular age group. Anyone can practice yoga, be it a 12-year-old child or a 90-year-old person, a pregnant woman, fitness buffs or bodybuilders.
Practicing yoga, helps you find peace, relieve stress, untangle thoughts and gain more focus. Yoga also helps you become fit and active and fight various ailments.
Yoga stresses on Endurance and Flexibility. Various yogic postures help in strengthening the body from inside out. This not just helps one’s aesthetics to look good but a person feels good as well. Yogic postures help in strengthening the spine. The spine is the core of the body from which everything else operates. Thus, a strong core with improved posture helps in reducing pain in the back, shoulders and neck.
Besides this, yoga also helps in building mental endurance and physical stamina. It helps control anxiety and coping with stress & negative emotions. It has a soothing effect and helps to calm one down. Yoga also helps in strengthening the lungs and heart muscles. It also helps to fight depression, insomnia, inflammation, chronic pains and improve the overall quality of life.
There are various types of Yoga known to mankind today:

  1. Hatha Yoga: It is based on asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques).
  2. Iyengar Yoga: It emphasizes on precision and alignment of all postures.
  3. Kundalini Yoga: A perfect blend of spiritual and physical practice. Relies heavily on breathing techniques, meditations and chanting of mantras.
  4. Ashthanga Yoga: It involves a very physically demanding sequence of postures (that is why this style of yoga is not for the beginners).
  5. Vinyasa Yoga: It is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, (using breathing exercises). 
  6. Bikram Yoga: Also known as Heat Yoga, is ideally practiced in a room heated to 35–42 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40%.
  7. Yin Yoga: It is a slow-paced style of yoga, to help you find your inner peace, done with seated postures that are held for longer periods of time.
  8. Restorative Yoga: Focuses on body relaxation. Many of the postures are modified to be easier and more relaxing.
  9. Prenatal Yoga: It is carefully adapted for "mothers to be" and is tailored to women in all trimesters. It helps them prepare for labour and delivery.
  10. Anusara Yoga: It is a modern-day version of hatha yoga, most similar to vinyasa yoga, that focuses on alignment but with more focus on the mind-body-heart connection and different verbiage.
  11. Jivamukti Yoga: It is mainly vinyasa flow-style classes infused with Hindu spiritual teachings. At its core, this style emphasizes connection to Earth as a living being, so most Jivamukti devotees follow their vegetarian philosophy.

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