New To Yoga? Here’s What You Need To Know..

Gayathri Sooraj
Jan 26, 2017 · 6 min read

Understanding Yoga

“The main philosophy of yoga is simple: Yoga is the Union of Mind, Body and Soul..

1. Healing Power of Yoga

In 2014, I was diagnosed with an irregularity in my heart beating, a condition called Tachycardia. I remember my friends carrying me to the hospital after attending a dance workshop, not being able to walk and my heart beating at the rate of 208 beats per minute. And the experience gave me new companions who stayed around for about 2 years. Severe headaches, chest pain, wheezing and lots of medication were some of them..

2. Immunity & Metabolism

Asanas (Poses) and Pranayama (Breathing techniques) improves the immune function. But meditation appears to have the most beneficial effect on the functioning of immune system.

3. Anybody Can Yoga

Yoga is for everyone!

Choose Your Style

Yoga in it’s purest form is a philosophy of mind and body well-being. While there are numerous styles of yoga, each aims to achieve this state of well-being in its own unique way. Some emphasize deep breathing, others focus on meditation, and one in particular on an extremely hot room temperature, while others focus purely on pose.

  • Vinyasa : In vinyasa classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. It is a vigorous style based on a rapid flow through sun salutations.
  • Bikram : Bikram yoga consists of twenty-six postures and two breathing techniques, practiced in the same order for ninety minutes, in a room heated to 105°F (40.6°C), with a humidity of 40%. The room is hot and the class challenges you both physically and mentally.
  • Kundalini : Kundalini incorporates repeated movements or exercises, dynamic breathing techniques, chanting, meditation and mantras. Each specific kundalini exercise, referred to as a kriya, is a movement that is often repeated and is synchronized with the breath. The practice is designed to awaken the energy at the base of the spine in order to draw it upward through each of the seven chakras.
  • Ashtanga : Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic, physically demanding practice that synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. It is a great practice for building core strength and toning the body. It is typically fast-paced, vigorous and physically challenging.
  • Iyengar : In a typical iyengar class, poses are held much longer than in other schools of yoga, in an effort to pay closer attention to the precise musculoskeletal alignment within each asana. Another trademark of iyengar is the use of props, such as blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs and blankets, which are used to accommodate injuries, tightness or structural imbalances, as well as teach the student how to move into a posture properly.

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