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Yoga variation and benefits

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Yoga will bring many benefits to your life like increased endurance, flexibility, and strength, not to mention a more toned physique.  Yoga also plays a role in eliminating toxins from your body both mentally and physically, while giving you a sense of inner calm and peace.

There are several different styles of yoga to consider especially for beginners.  The best place to start is Hatha Yoga.  Hatha Yoga uses very basic postures and a fairly slow pace allowing you to ease into the world of yoga.  You can take online classes which may be more convenient for you.  Check out Yogainternational.com.  Here is a little bit about them according to their website.

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If online Hatha isn’t right for you and you’re looking for an in-person experience and maybe finding a group class to get involved with then search for local community classes on the internet, keep an eye out for postings in café’s, ask a friend, or check with your local YMCA.

Power Yoga may be the choice for you.  Here you will really increase your strength.  Power Yoga focuses on using your own bodyweight and resistance.  This style of yoga is described as such; it moves quickly, Power Yoga is definitely an intense workout that will make you sweat.  A traditional Ashtanga practice follows the same series of poses and makes you hold each for five breaths before moving through a Vinyasa.  Power Yoga classes move with an even faster rhythm.

There is also Hot Power where the yoga studio is set at 8-32 degrees C.  This means there is enough heat to warm your muscles and encourage sweat, but the lower temperature compared to Bikram Yoga which is set at 40 degrees C allows to bring more movement or ‘flow’ into the class.  You can find videos of Power Yoga with a google search or take on a group glass in your community.

POWER YOGA’S EFFECT ON THE BODY

  • It increases endurance, strength, and flexibility.
  • Mental endurance and physical stamina are tested through holding postures for

extended breaths.

  • Arm and shoulder strength is increased as you use your own body weight for

resistance.

  • Lats, traps, and other back muscles begin to support the spine better than before.
  • Abdominals and obliques are refined and toned through building core muscles.
  • Posture begins to correct itself over time.
  • Hip flexors are stretched and strengthened.
  • Glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves are strengthened.

 

Next is Bikram Yoga which is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional Hatha Yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s.  All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises done in a room set at 40 degrees C or around 105 F.  What this does is results in a greater elimination of toxins from the body through the increased production of sweat.

All official Bikram classes are taught by Bikram-certified teachers, who have completed nine weeks of training endorsed by Choudhury.  Bikram-certified teachers are taught a standardized dialogue to run the class but are encouraged to develop their teaching skills the longer they teach. This results in varying deliveries and distinct teaching styles.

It is important to remember to stay well hydrated before, during, and after your Bikram sessions as the intense heat along with the exercise will have you sweating like crazy.

So, now you just have to figure out which of these types of yoga are right for you and get into it.  Don’t be shy or intimidated as there is something for everyone at every level when it comes to the amazing exercise of Yoga.