Today I am sharing a post that was sent to me by Diamond from ehealthinformer. Diamond found GoYoweb.org in her internet yoga research virtual travels and she wrote to me to ask if she could contribute as a guest blogger. I like what she has to say about the accessibility of yoga – there really is something valuable for all different tastes and abilities!
While yoga still seems fresh in the fitness and health industries, it’s actually been around for centuries. Since the 1960s when it was commercialized in the West, it has been growing steadily in popularity. One of the reasons it has become a household workout solution is because of its simplicity, impact and elegance.
Yoga is versatile because it has such a diverse array of styles. This means people of all ages and abilities can benefit from certain styles of yoga. Just because you can’t stretch in certain poses yet or touch your toes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attend a class or begin practicing those poses. Quite often setbacks will stop a newcomer from entering into the wonderful world of yoga.
There are exercises for all body types that have a profound and healthy effect on individuals’ lives. Whether you wish to get fit and in shape or to connect with your true nature in the spiritual sense, yoga has the answers for you.
Styles for Everyone
There are numerous yoga styles available; however, it’s important you figure out what you want to get from your practice and why you’re doing it before you dive headfirst into a yoga class. Certain types of yoga have an emphasis on fitness while others concentrate on spirituality. However, most yoga exercises will give you deep relaxation, connection and provide fitness as a byproduct.
Iyengar is a very popular yoga style known for its emphasis on alignment, poses, and breathing. This method will develop your strength, flexibility, and movement. It helps put the body, mind, and spirit into harmony through relaxing and focusing on aligning the body’s structure and the breath.
This yoga method places a heavy focus on spirituality. Devised to help the student develop an awareness of his or her true nature, Kundalini combines yoga poses, breathing techniques, meditations and mantras to give the body, mind, and spirit a full cleanse.
- Hatha Yoga
Hatha is possibly the most popular yoga style of all since it can be broadly used to describe any and all yoga activity. It concentrates on physical exercises, postures and controlling the breath.
Different Ways to Learn
Yoga is best learned in a class with a certified and qualified teacher. However, a certain amount of information and techniques can be gained through research online and in books. Using blogs or watching YouTube videos will give you a good understanding of yoga styles and meanings so that when you do attend a class, you’re not completely in the dark or new to the practice.
Exercise for Anyone
Overall, yoga is most definitely an exercise anyone can do, and it’s important to know that there are styles and methods available to suit everyone’s desires and needs from this health and fitness solution.
Figure out what you want from yoga and then do some research on the styles that resonate with you. Then when you’re happy, attend a class or practice at home and begin your meaningful journey into the delightful lifestyle that is yoga.
Author bio: Diamond is a regular yoga student and enjoys many of the diverse styles that are available. She also likes to keep up to date with the latest information and developments in the yoga community.