Yoga, an ancient practice and meditation, has become increasingly popular in today’s busy society. For many people, it offers a retreat from their chaotic and busy life.
What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice that includes physical postures, breathing techniques, positive thinking, meditation, and relaxation. All this leads to the development of harmony between body, mind, and environment.
In recent years, this practice has become increasingly popular as a form of movement through a series of postures that improve physical condition, while providing a state of emotional calm and inner peace. For many people, it is like an oasis of peace in a chaotic and alert life.
There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are faster and more intense, others are gentle and relaxing. Regardless of the type you choose, it is a great way to stretch and strengthen the body, concentrate, and relax the mind. Due to the gentle movements, it is a good start for people who have not been active for some time.
How many types of yoga are there?
- Hatha, a combination of several styles, is one of the most popular styles. It is a more physical type of yoga than a meditative form. Hatha focuses on pranayamas (controlled breathing exercises). These are followed by a series of asanas (yoga postures), which end with the savasana (a period of rest).
- Vinyasa involves a series of positions that flow smoothly between them
- Power is a faster, more intense practice that creates muscle.
- Ashtanga involves a series of postures, combined with a special breathing technique.
- Bikram, also known as “hot yoga”, is a series of 26 challenging positions, performed in a room heated to a high temperature.
- Iyengar uses objects such as blocks, belts, and chairs to help you move your body in a proper alignment.
Reasons why you should start practicing yoga
- You master self-control
You begin to have a disciplined lifestyle by introducing breathing exercises and asanas into every day of your life. It won’t be easy at first. Because you will look for all sorts of reasons to postpone the start of the exercises. You need the discipline to turn dead time – in which you do nothing for yourself – into a ritual that brings you balance. It is said that the mind is the master of the body. Well, breathing is the master of the mind. Yoga teaches you to breathe, so you can control your mind. Health becomes another consequence.
- Improves heart function
Yoga is known for having a beneficial effect on the heart. According to the American Heart Association, yoga helps you control blood pressure, improves lung and heart function, helps you be aware of how you breathe, and stimulates blood circulation. According to the specialist, it is a very useful practice for people with cardiovascular disease but warns that it is essential to discuss with your doctor about the best approach to exercise.
- You will not lose weight, you will reach the optimal weight
When you start doing yoga, you will notice that you start to lose a few pounds, slowly, until you reach the right weight for you. And then you will stagnate at that number of kilograms, even if you intensify your exercises. Because it helps your body discover what is right for you. Weight loss is just a consequence of well-being and balance achieved through yoga.
- Improves sleep quality and is beneficial for insomnia
Yoga is beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia, according to a study. People who practiced it daily for 8 weeks noticed a considerable improvement in sleep quality. Also, the problems related to insomnia were alleviated and sleep became restful.
- Relieves lower back pain
If you live a sedentary life or have to spend many hours in front of the computer, you probably already know how annoying low back pain can be. According to research, people who did yoga regularly for 12 weeks found a decrease in pain, reaching their final disappearance if this habit was maintained.