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Truthfully, the practice of yoga is not about quick pleasures, getting in to headstands, looking good, or becoming a serene vegan. If it were, it would have been long gone, in the exercise relics over by Jazzercise. Yoga has existed for thousands of years, and ushers in transcendence to live at a higher vibration that has stood the test of time.
Yoga is complex, and is studied over a lifetime. Most of us find yoga postures beneficial, and then dependent upon the individual, one may continue to dig deeper in to the practice, revealing layer upon layer of beneficial transformations.
Are you curious? The only way you can understand it, is to experience it. There are many ways to go about beginning a practice. One is to show up in a class. You must know that if you do this, there are several types of yoga.
To name a few:
- Vinyasa: Vinyasa is a style of yoga in which postures are linked together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Commonly referred to as flow yoga. Vinyasa classes use many postures and no two classes are ever alike, unlike Bikram and Ashtanga, where there is a set sequence each class. Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as prevent repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same thing every day. Vinyasa recognizes the temporary nature of things, and reveals much to the self about the self.
- Bikram or Hot 26: fixed 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises practiced in 105 degrees F.
- Hatha: Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Nearly every type of yoga class taught in the West is Hatha yoga. When a class is marketed as Hatha, it generally means that you will get a gentle introduction to the most basic yoga postures. You probably won't work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, but you should end up leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
- Yin: A Chinese influenced style of yoga, where mostly seated poses are held 3-5 minutes to encourage lengthening in the connective tissues. It is a wonderful way to slow down, yet is not ideal for hyper-mobile or very flexible people.
- Restorative: A delicious and truly beneficial way to slow down and open your body. Although you are comfortably laying on the floor with special pillows and blackets, it is possibly the most beneficial practice, taking your body in to the parasympathetic mode of rest and digest so the body can heal. In this state, the body is able to open in ways in cannot where there is muscle engagement and stress.
Opportunities to begin a yoga practice: