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A few types of yoga

  1. 1. YOGALet us understand a few types of yoga
  2. 2. Ashtanga yogaAshtanga yoga has become extremely popular in recent years. It is a verygraceful type of yoga, which produces intense internal heat causing thebody to sweat profusely, and in the process, detoxifies muscles and organs.The word ashtanga comes from two words ashta meaning eight andanga meaning limbs. Ashtanga yoga involves the following eight limbs: Yama - principles of ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahmacharya and aparigah. Niyama – personal discipline including shoucha, santosh, tapa,svadhyaya, Ishwar pranidhan. Asana – yoga positions Pranayam – breathing exercises Pratyahara – withdrawal of senses Dharana – concentration Dhyan – meditation Samadhi – salvation
  3. 3. The benefits of Ashtanga yoga include:1. Makes body more flexible2. Cleanses and detoxifies the body3. Improves health of the lungs4. Improves blood circulation5. Improves power of concentration6. Builds patience7. Helps gain confidence8. Gives strength to fight stress and tensions
  4. 4. Hatha yogaHatha yoga is the most popular system of yoga, and it is from this formthat several other forms of yoga originated. Hatha yoga is translated asforceful yoga because it requires a lot of physical effort. Hatha Yoga isdone to achieve balance between body and mind. It also attempts to freethe more subtle spiritual elements of the mind through physical poses orasanas, pranayam and meditation.Hatha yoga involves four main parts:1. The first includes yamas, niyamas, asanas and diet2. The second includes pranayama and shatkarmas3. The third deals with mudras, bandhas, the nadis and the kundalinipower4. The fourth includes pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
  5. 5. The benefits of Hatha yoga include:1. Helps you recognize your hidden physical and mental potential2. Helps you achieve a flexible and strong body3. Opens energy channels, which in turn allow spiritual energy to flowfreely4. Massage and tone your internal organs5. They also bring balance to internal and glandular functionsHelp you cope with stress, relieve tension, and deal with anxiety anddepression6. Helps you achieve enlightenment.
  6. 6. Vinyasa yogaVinyasa is a Sanskrit word that describes a broad range of yoga styles.Nyasa in Vinyasa means to place and vi means in a special way.Vinyasa yoga symbolizes a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, where posturesare linked together using breath.The positions in Vinyasa yoga are like the Surya Namaskar in which aseries of 12 yoga poses are done dynamically one after the other. InVinyasa yoga there are more than just these 12 asanas, which help toexercise more muscles and internal organs. The main thing is that all theasanas are done in a rapid sequence and in a series of movements that aresynchronized with breathing. In Vinyasa yoga, emphasis is mainly onbreathing, and generally, upward movements correlate with inhalation anddownward movements with exhalation. The continual movements providean added cardiovascular benefit, which other traditional forms of yoga donot.
  7. 7. The benefits of Vinyasa yoga include:1. Helps you build lean muscle mass2. Makes the body more flexible3. Focusing on breath results in a positive, calming effect on the centralnervous system4. Helps relieve stress5. Helps reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke6. Can help avoid type 2 diabetes7. Brings about detoxification of body8. Balances your metabolic system
  8. 8. Power yogaThe asanas in Power yoga are specially designed to help trim down excessfat from different parts of the body. Power yoga is essentially like anaerobic workout. It is generally performed after a couple of strenuousrounds of Surya Namaskar. Some of the asanas done in Power yogainclude Tadasana (Palm tree pose), Ardha Chakrasana (Half wheel pose),Pada Hastasana (Hands to feet pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) andAdho Mukha Svanasana (Downward dog Pose). All the poses, especiallyall the forward and backward bends and the twists are designed to burn fatin areas around hips, thighs and abdomen. The transitions between twoasanas in Power yoga are sometimes held longer than the traditionaltransitions. This is mainly done in order to increase physical endurance.This also helps you focus on one thing for an extended period of time.Power Yoga is definitely an intense workout that makes one sweatprofusely. It is considered to be the perfect way to keep a woman’s bodyfit.
  9. 9. The benefits of Power Yoga1. Helps burn calories2. Increases stamina, strength, flexibility and tone3. Promotes blood circulation and lowers high blood pressure4. Boosts the immune system5. Reduces stress and tension6. Eliminates toxins through sweat7. Provides relief from insomnia8. Helps tackle PMS problems
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