What is Yoga?
Yoga is an approach towards life that is based on balance and harmony in soul and mind of the person adding value to its life. It identifies the multifarious nature of the human and basically relates to the nature and functioning of the mind driven by experiential practice and introspection. It integrates the internal peace and clarity of the mind of human through regular practice of several techniques like postures and movement, breathing techniques and exercises, meditation and relaxation and self-inquiry.
History of Yoga
Yogis practiced yoga long before even any written account of yoga was been discovered. So there is no evidence of its existence. There is a 2,000-year-old treatise on yoga by an Indian sage Patanjali is the oldest of the written account on yoga that guides how to practice yoga and control your mind, emotions, and soul.
Types of Yoga
Yoga has many categories to understand and learn practicing it. Here’s quick information about some of the most prominent popular types of yoga:
- Hatha Yoga: This type of yoga aims at slow and soft movements so it’s the best yoga to de-stress going to bed.
- Bikram Yoga: It is a great fit for beginners as it has 26 poses that are widely based on alignment work.
- Vinyasa Yoga: It starts with a salutation to the Sun and each pose is different from other and it is mostly popular in America.
- Ashtanga Yoga: Also called power yoga, it is quite physically demanding and mostly suitable for ex-athlete or someone looking to push their bodies beyond limits.
- Kundalini Yoga: It is the power of Root Chakra located around your lower spine. This yoga is pretty intense.
- Iyengar Yoga: It is full of props like harnesses, straps, blocks and cushions. It aims at alignment making it a unique physical therapy.
- Anusara Yoga: It is about the celebration of the heart and is equipped with heart-opening poses like backbends etc.
- Restorative Yoga: It is great to practice after a stressful day and help quiet and soothe your mind as it is aimed at relaxation.
- Jivamukti Yoga: It is a combination of vinyasa flow, chanting and a vegetarian approach.
- Prenatal Yoga: Suggested for the expectant mother, which is based on core work and a focus on breathing.
Benefits of Yoga
The purpose of yoga is to soothe the anxiety and stress of human and align its mind, soul, and brain. You get following benefits:
- Improved Flexibility
- Improved Stamina
- Improved Balance
- Improved Strength
- Better Body Alignment
- Reduced Joint Pain
- Stress Reduction
- Sound Sleep
- Increased Self-confidence
There are much more than these mentioned benefits that you can gain on practicing yoga. Add this to your regular routine and you will be free from all physical and mental ailments.