I’m sure most of us have a pretty good idea about what Yoga looks like. If you need some inspiration, all you have to do is go to Instagram and search #Yoga and you’ll be flooded with images of all sorts of people doing different poses..
Here’s one of me I took last weekend:
Yoga has been around for at least 5,000 years, so it’s got to be good if you ask me! If you’re fairly new to the practice, Yoga is a type of physical, mental, and spiritual exercise that is aimed at bringing balance between yourself (as the person), your spiritual self, and God or whoever you want to call “him/her”.
Types of Yoga
Yoga practice originated in India and comes in various forms as it has migrated and evolved. The major types of Yoga can be found and explained in detail by visiting WBGMovement.
In that article it explains the differences between the following types of Yoga: Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Anusara, & Jivamutki.
The three major practices I think of when I think of Yoga are Bikram, Ashtanga, and Hatha.
Bikram is yoga performed in an increased temperature room, like a sauna so you SWEAT a lot. I have yet to do this, but if you’re planning on it- make sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before you go.
Ashtanga will make you feel the burn (in your muscles, that is). Not for amateurs like myself, but more skilled individuals who have more upper arm strength than what I’m working with right now.
Hatha is my go-to gal. Not super strenuous and for beginners delight! There are many variations to any type of Yoga practice, so each class that you attend will have different poses and stances depending on the instructor.
I have yet to make it outside of my home to a Yoga studio to participate, but it’s on my list. There is even a Yoga studio in the small town I live in, so really I have no excuse except for that I’m a chicken and I don’t want to look silly.
There are several perks to incorporating Yoga into your daily routine. Some of which include:
- Reducing stress
- Alleviating chronic pain, headaches, & arthritis.
- Lowers blood sugar and blood pressure.
- Improve insomnia
- Regulates Adrenal glands
- Improves balance
Those just name a few, the list goes on and on, if you’re interested in getting the full breakdown you can visit Yoga Journal.
IF you have ever thought about starting Yoga or wanted to know how to get going, then you’re in the right place! Luckily this is the cheapest barrier to entry within any health & wellness area because it’s FREE.
You don’t need a fancy mat or resistance bands or cute outfit. Although, ladies, we all have yoga pants so I’m sure we are covered there!
You just need to decide how you want to start. I would suggest starting on YouTube and finding a Yoga instructor who is filming his/her routine. A few examples I’ve found for you are listed here:
There’s also “an app for that”, of course! I personally love Down Dog and it’s super duper easy to follow along with. My daughter (who is 11) even takes my phone and uses the Yoga app sometimes, so if she can do it, you can do it too!
Let me know if you have any questions regarding the information I provided above and if you have any tips on how you got your Yoga practice/routine going feel free to drop a comment below!
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