A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
There are many reasons to practice Yoga:
The Physical Aspect
Build Strength and Stamina
Improve Flexibility – Coordination – Balance
Enjoy Mental Relaxation
This is a set of specific exercises – called poses
Breathing Techniques and Meditation Principles
Types of Yoga
Most practitioners are offering online classes giving those interested in the practice an opportunity to “try-out” a wide range of classes.
Vinyasa is an approach in which you move from one pose directly into the next. There’s a flow to a Vinyasa session, though the specific poses and the pace of the flow vary from one instructor to the next.
This form is relaxing and uses props to support the body. Each pose is held for five minutes or longer. By relaxing in poses, with the aid of props, without strain or pain, we can achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation.
Hatha places special emphasis on controlled breathing and posture. Building core strength, through deliberate and slow movement in specific poses, enhancing strength and flexibility. Classes must include a mix of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation.
Kundalini in Sanskrit translates to “life force energy” (known as prana or chi in the yoga community), which is thought to be tightly coiled at the base of the spine. These sequences are carefully designed to stimulate or unlock this energy and reduce stress and negative thinking.
Partner Yoga allows two people to relate to one another through assisted poses. From stretching your levels of trust to strengthening your communication, couples yoga can have a positive effect on your relationship that extends far beyond the physical.
Iyengar Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, founder of Yoga Therapy. Iyengar yoga emphasizes detailed structural alignment and longer holds of poses. It differs from other styles in three ways: precision, sequence, and use of props. By the use of props, students are able to meet their bodies where they are at, encouraging health.
Sivananda is a form of hatha yoga based on the teachings of Hindu spiritual teacher Swami Sivananda. Classes are generally relaxing: while most classes end with savasana (a final relaxation/corpse pose), Sivananda starts with this pose, then moves into breathing exercises, sun salutations, and then 12 basic asanas.
Ashtanga consists of six series of specific poses taught in order. Each pose and each series is “given” to a student when their teacher decides they have mastered the previous one. This is a very physical, flow-style yoga with spiritual components
A guided meditation that allows you to hover between sleep and wake, or yogic sleep. It’s usually practiced lying down with a teacher guiding the session. The practice draws our attention inwards, where our body finds its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis) – the breath balances and becomes quiet, allowing the unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind to come into awareness.
Yin is a slower style in which poses are held for a minute and eventually up to five minutes or more. It is a type of yoga with roots in martial arts as well as yoga, and it’s designed to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility.
This is a vinyasa flow class in a highly heated room, typically over 85 degrees. Practicing in a heated environment allows students to get deeper into postures, improves circulation, and aids in detoxifying the body.
Paddleboard is the practice of modern yoga as exercise, and sometimes specific transitions (vinyasas) between postures (asanas), while stand up paddleboarding, usually with the board in calm water, such as a lake.
Prenatal yoga provides stress relief, exercise, and self-care in one session, and the breathing exercises can come in handy during labor and delivery. focuses on easing pains associated with pregnancy, such as sore hips or an aching low back.
Eightfold Path: https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/the-eight-limbs/
Help with Mental Decline: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27060939/
Ease Chronic Back Pain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3805350/
Treating Depression: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5871291/
Reduces Stress and Anxiety: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17544857/