A regular yoga practice decreases:
o Muscle Wastage that comes with age (having a frail, bird-like appearance)
o Blood pressure
o Blood sugar
o Arthritis Pain
o Joint Stiffness
o Cell Death
o Cell Mutation
o Thyroid Issues (especially slow thyroid, which can lead to weight gain)
o Muscle Pain
o Mind Fog, poor memory
Sounds great, right? It is! So let’s look next at some of the most popular kinds of yoga that you are most likely to find in the studios near you if you live in or close to a moderately sized city.
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Types Of Yoga For Different Health Challenges
The pro-yoga movement that kicked off in the West from the 1940s onwards has resulted in a range of adaptations of traditional yoga styles and all-new inventions claiming to be yoga.
Here are some of the most common forms of yoga you will be most likely to find in any studio near you. The best 3 if you have any underlying health issues are:
Hatha yoga is the most traditional of the yogas. The name means willful or forceful, and the word is a combination of hat, sun and ha, moon. It works with the energy centers of the body, as well as the flesh and bone for a balanced body. The main focus is on surrendering to and perfecting the many poses. There are levels of practitioners who can do increasingly difficult poses for flexibility. But there is no need to turn yourself into a pretzel to get a great workout. The basic poses can boost your fitness in a short period of time.
Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening the power within, both mental and physical. It is termed a Ôhouseholder’s’ yoga for ordinary people who need energy, focus, concentration and healthy balance in all aspects of their lives. The farmers and their wives in northern India need something that would work quickly so they could get on with their grueling day, so it is perfect for us in the modern world too.
Kundalini yoga has some postures that are not found in any other forms of yoga. These poses, or asanas, are specifically designed to move energy up the spine and the main energy channel of the body in traditional medicine, which is known as the central channel.
Kundalini yoga has been practiced since the 8th century for its transformational effects. It was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan, who also founded Yogi tea, in the late 1960s, and has now spread to hundreds of studios in dozens of countries.
Vinyasa yoga is also known as flow yoga. It uses the same asanas as hatha but they are put into a sequence whereby the body is in constant motion as it moves smoothly from one pose to the next. Vinyasa became a trend in the latter part of the 20th century to link the poses together in a fluid way. The word vinyasa means Ôbreath-synchronized movement’, with the asana being performed in conjunction with inhale and exhale patterns.
No matter which of the three you choose, the important thing is to set your goals for what you wish to achieve through yoga. Starting a yoga journal and keeping track of your workouts, weight, and feelings about your practice and certain poses is one of the best ways to stay on target and make the most of your practice.
In this guide, you will find poses and sets from all three of these styles of yoga. But before we get started with the poses, let’s look at 2 important elements in starting yoga, breath work and putting safety first.