Yoga offers many things to many people. It can leave you supple and toned or even, according to some teachers, spiritually enlightened.
It’s the latest thing, and has reshaped the stars from [tag]Madonna[/tag] to [tag]Sting[/tag].
There are many different forms of [tag]yoga[/tag] – some more physical, some highly spiritual. Overall, yoga is good for [tag]stress[/tag]-related illness, [tag]fatigue[/tag], [tag]migraine[/tag], [tag]depression[/tag], [tag]PMS[/tag], [tag]arthritis[/tag], [tag]back pain[/tag], [tag]ageing[/tag], and mobility problems.
Decide why you want to start yoga and then choose an appropriate form. The principles of yoga is fairly simple – [tag]relax[/tag], switch off and stretch, and you’ll feel better.
If you want to [tag]get fit[/tag]…
- [tag]Hatha yoga[/tag] – based on controlled [tag]stretching[/tag], with an emphasis on developing a flexible spine. Good for all level of [tag]fitness[/tag].
- [tag]Vini yoga[/tag] – usually taught individually by a teacher call [tag]Desikachar[/tag]. Vini yoga is safe and gentle and this is exceptionally good for older people.
If you want to get physical…
- [tag]Lyenger yoga[/tag] – focuses on correct [tag]postures[/tag] and often uses blocks and ropes to maintain these.
- [tag]Sivananda yoga[/tag] – suitable for all ages, it covers a wide range of poses from simple to complex.
- [tag]Ashtanga yoga[/tag] – known as [tag]power yoga[/tag]. This form is very demanding and is suitable only for the very fit. But if you want ultra-toned muscles like Madonna, give it a go! ;)
If you want to get [tag]spiritual[/tag]…
- [tag]Raja yoga[/tag] – also known as royal yoga. Tis is more concerned with the mind
- [tag]Dru yoga[/tag] – group yoga which concentrates heavily on breath work
- [tag]Jnana yoga[/tag] – concentrates on yoga’s philosophical aspects and is heavily meditative and spritual. This is for those seeking a deeper leve to life.
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