WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is a set of breathing exercises and gestures that target to bring cerebral and carnal well-being. It is an art of living, it reveals itself as an esoteric journey that goes beyond physical discipline.
THE HISTORY OF YOGA
“Yoga” comes from the word “jug” which means to join, put together, connect, unite (body, mind and heart). The land of origin of Yoga is India: this anecdote is attached to that of the Indian people.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF YOGA
There are several types of yoga and each puts the note on a specific pace of this sport.
- DYNAMIC YOGAS with the succession of postures which is done at the rate of the breath, as with the ASHTANGA and the VINYASA , in these rather dynamic lessons while firming and softening the body, one perfects the cardiac system and the flexibility. For this yoga, it is preferable to be in good health, to have a good physical condition so as not to take risks and injure yourself.
* IYENGAR is the adjustment of the body and these are more still postures, it allows to increase the understanding of our body and to take the time to analyze each Yoga posture ( ASANAS ), this is what s is called meditation.
* HATHA YOGA which is practiced particularly among the oldest people, it is a gentle Yoga.
It all depends on your potential to find the yoga that suits us best.
OTHER TYPES OF YOGA
Yoga evolves and takes other forms even if the postures remain the same. We assemble postures, breathing exercises and meditation where we will find several ways: energetic, lively, calm or gentle.
Here are some common yoga examples:
ANUSARA : This type of yoga is based on celebrating the heart and thus seeing the good in everyone and everything.
ASHTANGA : Synchronization of breathing and sequences of increasingly rapid and demanding movements which increases body temperature and metabolism. It is an excellent method for endurance.
INTEGRAL : Integrates multiple practices drawn from the different yogas, starting with relaxation then a series of warm-ups and stretching with breath control, sun salutations which follows dynamic postures and practice on the ground. These are sessions that end with deep relaxation that aims for a skillful connection between mind and body.
IYENGAR: These are very health-oriented, orderly and strict classes where the adjustment of the limbs and especially the spine are essential. There is no spiritual significance, but a meditative figure is developed.
KRIPALU: This practice is based on “Breathe, Relax, Smell, Observe and Allow” it’s a bit of a dance: energy and spirit with perseverance on the different ways of breathing. This would act on the nervous, digestive and cardiac system.
KUNDALINI : The Kundalini is the original curative energy is above all awakened, through the series of postures, we work on the meditative consciousness. It attracts the positive in your life.
SIVANANDA or VEDANTA: This yoga has a very real spiritual aspect. It emphasizes relaxation, meditation, breathing, diet and positive thinking. It reminds us of our true nature.
SUDARSHAN KRIYA : it is a method based on the regulation of breathing. It aims to balance the energies of the body while soothing the mind, to chase away fatigue, stress and the negative emotions that taint our lives. This practice also helps to alleviate depression.
THE BENEFITS OF YOGA
When we talk about Yoga, we are mainly talking about postures that aim for flexibility and firm the body and control vital energy with breathing exercises.
Yoga produces a number of physical benefits such as making the muscles more flexible. Some positions promote muscle building gently, others act on balance. It also helps to reduce stress.
On the mat, we are encouraged to take the time to listen to the body. We are constantly brought back to our breath to develop its ability to concentrate because for balance exercises it helps to maintain the posture.