Benefits of Yoga.
No other form of exercise gives the benefits that yoga can provide, especially not one that is loved by both men and woman, of all ages. Not only does yoga tone different parts of the body with targeted poses but it is deeply relaxing.
Yogi is not an exercise restricted to the gym like many others. Some people who travel around the can do yoga poses in their hotel room or on the beach, for example, to relax the body and get over jetlag.
If you want to lose weight or increase your strength then you are in luck. Yoga reduces levels of cortisol in your body and helps it to burn fat. Yoga benefits every different muscle in your body, strengthening them and improving your endurance.
Using the breathing exercises, called pranayamas in daily life can decrease stress. Yogis take slow, deep breaths of air, a transferable technique to everyone’s lifestyles.
For pregnant women, benefits include better flexibility and mental preparation for the birth. Some poses can be used during labour to reduce pain.
If someone has injuries, such as knee and back pains or pulled hamstrings, yoga is the sport most often prescribed during rehabilitation or to help solve the problem. I had a back pain after falling down and was advised to start practising yoga. It has certainly helped. There is something in it for everyone.
Types of Yoga.
According to the BBC, Madonna and Sting are huge fans of this type of yoga. Ashtanga Yoga means “eight limbs yoga” in Sanskrit. It was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (born 1915-died 2009). It synchronises breathing with a set sequence of poses.
Power Yoga is said to have been modelled on Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Toga by two American yoga teachers who had studied under him. Power Yoga is more vigorous than Ashtanga and does not have a set series of postures. This increases your metabolic rate and reduces fat.
Invented by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga works every organ, ligament and muscle in your body. It involves a series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. One Bikram Yoga session lasts for 90 minutes and is done in a heated room to prevent injury. It improves weight loss, flexibility and metabolism, and it moves fresh oxygenated blood around the body.
Hot Yoga classes take place in heated rooms that are between 30˚ and 50˚ with humidity being between 40% and 60%. The idea is that poses will be safer in higher temperatures and the body will sweat out toxins. Bikram Yoga is the most popular hot yoga but other yoga styles are used as well.