Yoga: Ideal for Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health
Yoga is a Sanskrit word which literally means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach.” Yoga, in itself, is a science – a practical and methodical set of techniques with an ultimate goal: to make practitioners become more aware of themselves and their deepest nature.
Discovering Inner Truths
The goal of seeking one’s deepest potential is not a part of the religious process but an experimental science of self-study. Religion can be defined as something we hold on to, as an expression of faith.
On the other hand, meditation is solely based on the real experience of the “yogis” who use these techniques to find their own deepest potential, along with discovering who they really are. As such, yoga can be practiced by everyone, regardless of their faith or beliefs.
Practicing yoga tones your body, refreshes your mind, improves your immune system, and lowers your stress levels. You’ll never be too young or too old to lose yourself in tranquility. Yoga helps to balance the mind, the body, and the emotions for a calmer and more methodical approach to life.
Yoga has been said to:
- Help in attaining perfect balance and harmony
- Initiate self-healing
- Delete mental negativity and physical toxins
- Increase personal power and self-confidence
- Heighten self-awareness
- Aid in focusing and concentrating
- Decrease stress and tension
Types of Yoga
Hatha – this type of yoga is slow-paced, gentle, and focuses more on breathing and meditation which are the fundamentals of yoga; suitable for beginners wanting to learn the basics of yoga.
Vinyasa – this covers basic synchronized breathing programs or movements. Vinyasa yoga emphasizes on the Sun Salutation or the 12 poses of movement where breathing is matched. This improves flexibility, builds lean muscles throughout the body, tones abdominal muscles, and reduces incidences of heart diseases and high blood pressure; suitable for those people seeking body empowerment.
Ashtanga – focuses on the metaphorical eight limbs. This is fast paced and intense coupled with lunges and push-ups; suitable for people who are fit and doing what they can to maintain their stamina.
Lyengar – covers all eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga and gives heavy focus on body alignment. Props are used to assist in this type of yoga (blankets, straps, bolsters, and blocks). The standing pose is more emphasized in this method, and is often held for very long periods of time; suitable for those who want to correct their pose, or those who have balancing issues and chronic conditions, and also for those who have injuries.
Bikram – one of the more popular yoga exercises, Bikram is practiced in a room with very high temperature. It has 26 poses for loosening tight muscles and sweating off some pounds. This yoga speeds up recovery from an injury and cleanses the body, as well; suitable for those who have physical injuries or who want to flush out toxins out of their bodies.
When it comes to getting fit, Yoga is fast becoming a growing trend. With Yoga, you can take your workout routine with you anywhere you go. Yoga practitioners feel rejuvenated and energized after each session. In this sense, yoga can give you the power to control your body, mind, and emotions, while helping you stay fit and strong.
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