Experiencing pure yoga classes or workshops are incredibly rewarding. Training and practicing with teachers as they guide you through a vinyasa flow or challenging asanas (poses) can lead to great relationships and an awareness of body that is not always experienced alone on the mat – especially for beginners.
Teachers of yoga are lifelong students of the practice themselves. The long-term benefits and opportunities for growth make yoga a great option for those looking for a holistic, spiritual daily workout.
Yoga offers many things other fitness regimes do not. First of all, it targets 3 areas of health aggressively: the physical body, the mind, and the subtle self, or soul. Of course, being the flexible and personal exercise that it is, a person can target one of the 3 areas more than the others. This allows practitioners to create their own yoga journey. Despite the varied practices and yoga schools, the target is overall health and happiness. While these 2 aspects of life remain the goal, the practitioner will be successful.
Versatility is the name of the game with yoga. It can be used in many ways and by many people. Although some schools are for advanced learners (ashtanga, kundalini, etc.), yoga, in the basic sense, can be performed by anyone. Under doctor’s supervision, those with physical or mental illnesses illnesses, injuries, or developmental disabilities are able to participate and reap therapeutic benefits. Also, children and even infants can participate, under the supervision of parents or guardians, in yoga classes. Asanas are fun to perform for children. It offers them a familiarity with the poses, the language, and the quietness of yoga. Beginning meditative and stress-coping techniques lead to a relaxed child. Yoga gives them the tools they can use as they age to deal with day-to-day emotional issues such as anger, frustration, impatience, stress, sadness, jealousy, or any other uncomfortable feeling.
A Great Workout
Teaching and learning yoga is a very rewarding activity for people at all fitness levels. The flowing and powerful asanas sculpt the body by elongating the muscles and stretching the joints. Breathwork and chest openers force air into every part of the body. Breathing gets oxygen to those muscles, but it also strengthens the breath and lungs.
Different forms of yoga mean more variety! Yin yoga is relaxing and offers insights into Chinese philosophy and principles. Heated or Bikram yoga are challenging in both environment and poses. At the base we have hatha yoga – a traditional style from which so many modern yoga schools have become inspired. Especially in the new forms of yoga, East and West have come together to form an exercise that is accessible to a broader audiences. These new schools build upon this ancient art. Today, yoga is more popular through the world than ever before.
Yoga differs so vastly from other workouts. The incorporation of meditation and breathwork make it far more dynamic than most gym or even dance workouts. However, the physical aim is the same: core strength. In this respect, yoga is most similar to pilates – another very popular fitness activity. Indeed, many yoga classes are taught with a pilates component and vice versa. Yogis realize the need for variety. Pilates can help with that need.
Anasura Yoga is another new type of Western yoga. It was began by an American in the late 1990s. It is one example of yoga’s constant rebirth. Anasura is based heavily on hatha and tantric poses and philosophies. It is also an example of how intentions can shift and become negative power battles. All gurus are not created equal, and sometimes common sense must be applied as people can and do take advantage of those yogis and yoginis who want to reach the next level in their yoga journey.
The Mind-Body Challenge
Our bodies are so important. They are the vessel for our minds and our selves. The positions and poses our bodies matter only when our minds are present. Most modern exercise habits do not acknowledge this. Their goals are not quite so multi-faceted.
Of course, you can learn to do yoga and discipline both the mind and the body yourself, but there is something to be said about private classes and retreats. Teachers can assist in the process and encourage progress rapidly. Beginners may want to consider joining a class. If you are unsure what school to join or classes to take, visit an open house or event. Teachers love when people show interest and are happy to provide new learners with answers to any of their questions.
The benefits of yoga are unlimited! Great health, a cool mind, a sexy body, and an even temper are just some of the perks of a regular yoga practice. Feeling good has never been so fun. Modern exercises can be hard on the body – pushing in a bad way. Yoga is about patience and progress at the individual’s pace. No rushing, no competition, no stress – just a relaxing yet challenging workout that makes you feel good. Hopefully, you will end each workout feeling blissfully happy. That should always be the goal.
In terms of community, there is so much to be had, as well. Taking classes or being a part of a group of people that does their yoga together can be so rewarding. Talking about challenges and asking for advice helps the process considerably. As with any communal activity, it can also satisfy the need that lies within all humans to socialize and be with other like-minded individuals.