Yoga strengthens the body, calms the mind and is suitable to all, even those who have never exercised. The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means "to join". In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union.
Benefits of yoga:
For the body - Practicing yoga tones and strengthens your body and helps reselase tension in the muscles. The body is slowly able to find flexibility, the spine becomes more straight and blood flow is increased.
For the immune system - It helps improve your immune, cardiovascuular and nervous sytem.
For our mood - Yoga helps with depression and chronic stress, as it helps us find calmness and inner peace.
There are many styles of yoga, which mainly differ based in the way, the order and the intensity with which the poses are performed. Some are calm with slow movements, while others have a more rapid pace. However, in all kinds the practisioner may sweat and feel the body "working" intensively. It's a good idea to experiment with different styles to choose what suits us best.
Select from the options below:
It is the most widely spread type of yoga in the West. Hatha is focused on physical health and mental wellbeing. This type of yoga is slow-paced, gentle..
Poses are straightforward, and the pace calm. It's an excellent style for beginners.
Purpose: To introduce beginners to yoga with basic poses and relaxation techniques.
Benefits: Relieves stress, provides physical exercise, and improves breathing.
Good for: Beginners and people wanting to learn the basics of yoga.
You probably won't sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
Yin yoga is suitable for all levels. The class involves
passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. We usually use blocks and bolsters to avoid any muscle tension, and thus allow the nervous system to calm down. Asanas are held for a longer duartion than other types of yoga, typically around 3 minutes.
Poses are straightforward, and the pace calm. It's an excellent style for all levels. It helps us relax, calm the nervous system and gain more flexibility by stretching the connective tissue.
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Ashtanga is based on ancient yoga teachings. It's a rigorous style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to vinyasa yoga. The difference is that ashtanga always performs the exact same poses in the exact same order. This is a hot, sweaty, physically demanding practice.
Purpose: It gradually leads the practitioner to rediscover his or her fullest potential on all levels.
Benefits: Develops strength and flexibility, tones muscles, lubricates joints, massages internal organs, releases chronic tension, improves circulation and helps with weight loss.
Good for: People who have some experience with yoga looking to maintain strength and stamina, and those who want to calm restless thoughts.