Yoga is not just exercise. It’s a philosophy, a way of life and health routine designed to connect your mind with your body and spirit through breathing techniques, meditation, and health-promoting postures.
With so many different types of yoga out there it can be challenging trying to pick one. The key is to get out there and try a number of different types so that you can find the yoga that suits you, at this point in your life.
There are the more active types, Bikram, Zen Ki, Ashtanga and Vinyasa, which are more toning and fat burning; and the slower types, Iyengar, Hatha and Sivanada that are more meditative and relaxing. And many more yoga types out there too.
The more active types are also a source of relaxation, and the slower types certainly help tone the body, making yoga the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation.
Pre-natal yoga is especially beneficial during pregnancy, as it helps you breathe and relax, which can in turn help you to adjust to the physical demands of labor, birth and motherhood.
It appears that all yoga types have similar benefits:
• Tones the body
• Realigns the spine / helping to alleviate postural problems
• Improves circulation
• Reduces stress / calms the mind
• Promotes weight loss
• Builds strength, stamina and flexibility
• Improves immunity
• Improves mental clarity
Another added benefit of yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere: in a yoga studio, in your living room, or in a hotel room. Yoga studios are located all over the world and becoming more popular and prevalent as the years go by. There are a number of great yoga DVDs for those of you who prefer to practice in the privacy of your own home, or if you’re traveling and would still like to maintain your practice.
Whatever type you prefer, integrating yoga in to your daily or weekly routine will most certainly help to bring about a more naturally beautiful you.