So, what exactly is Yoga?
That is the question on most people’s mind when they’re first faced with the prospect of heading to a Yoga class. A lot of people think it is some of form of worship, some consider spiritual mediation, while others consider it a purely physical form of exercise.
Well, different cultures and religions have different concepts of Yoga. For some, it is a spiritual practice, indeed. The practice originated in India and is closely linked to Hindu customs. But the large majority of the westerners sees it and practices it as a physical and mental exercise intended for a healthier mind and body.
There are quite a few types of Yoga and you may engage in whatever type that suits you best.
Hatha Yoga is best suited for most beginners as it allows them to get acquainted with many of the poses and disciplines involved during the process. The poses are held for a certain time period while the participants are taught particular breathing exercises.
Vinyasa Yoga is a lot more fluid and dynamic. The movements are more advanced, the poses slightly more challenging and the technique quite complicated. So, it’s suitable for people looking to get a lot more out of their Yoga sessions.
Typically performed barefoot, the person sits on a Yoga mat and selects their routine. Most of the sessions are in complete silence in order to allow uninterrupted meditation. However, some places do play soft music as they believe it aids the meditative effort.
Yoga can be an excellent practice for relaxation of both the mind and the body. It relieves stress, alleviates anxiety and gets the blood flowing throughout the body.
The various poses improve flexibility, and exert the right kind of pressure on muscles and joints in order to keep them healthy and strong.