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Article By Karl Poire
November 21, 2020, 5:16 pm
What is it?
Yoga is the practice of a set of postures and breathing exercises that aims to bring physical and mental well-being. this ancient art of living as explained in the texts reveals itself as an initiatory path that transcends physical discipline.One finds the first references on yoga in the yoga Sutra of Patanjali written about 200 years before our era. In this book we understand the foundation of the philosophy of yoga and its possible application in all spheres of our life.
The different types of yoga
There are several styles of yoga and each one emphasizes a specific aspect of this practice.
-There are dynamic yogas in which the interlinking of postures is done at the rhythm of breathing such as ashtanga and vinyasa, in these rather physical courses while relaxing and strengthening the body, we improve the cardiovascular system.
-The Iyengar which is a more static yoga emphasizes the alignment of the body, here we take the time to dissect each of the asanas, we develop the understanding of our body.
-Hatha yoga is a gentle yoga easily practiced by older people.
it is important to find the style of yoga that suits us best, it depends a lot on our potential.
It is preferable to be in good health and to have a certain physical condition in order to benefit from the benefits of dynamic yogas, otherwise it becomes difficult to keep up with the rhythm, which generates a risk of injury.For those who have back problems and who are not sporty, we must turn to a less dynamic yoga or we take the time to explain well the postures like the Iyengar and the hatha. Although the classical postures have proven themselves and remain the same for millennia, hatha-yoga continues to evolve and has taken different forms, especially during the twentieth century. Each style of yoga combines postures, breathing exercises and meditation in a more or less energetic or gentle, lively or calm way.
The benefits of yoga
Today, when we talk about yoga, we are talking mainly about the practice of asanas and pranayama, i.e. the postures that aim to soften and strengthen the body and the breathing exercises that regulate the flow of vital energy.Yoga brings a great number of physical benefits including the relaxation of muscles (yoga postures are varied to stretch all the large groups muscle). Some postures help to strengthen muscle smoothly, others rather make work the balance. With regular practice we can correct posture errors developed throughout our life which greatly attenuates chronic back problems. A 2008 study by Temple University found that practicing Iyengar yoga improves the balance of women over 65. Yoga helps reduce stress. During the session the attention is entirely directed to the body and the breathing, we are in "here and now", which is a form of meditation.A study from Boston University published in 2010 showed that yoga was effective in relieving anxiety.On the carpet one is invited to take the time to listen to the body, the attention is constantly brought back to the breath, on develops its concentration capacity. For example in balancing exercises all our attention is required to maintain postureWith regular practice we can correct posture errors developed throughout our life which greatly attenuates chronic back problems. A 2008 study by Temple University found that practicing Iyengar yoga improves the balance of women over 65. Yoga helps reduce stress. During the session, the focus is entirely on the body and the breathing, we are in "here and now", which is a form of meditation.A Boston University study published in 2010 showed that yoga was effective in relieving anxiety. On the carpet one is invited to take the time to listen to the body, attention is constantly brought back towards the breath, one develops his capacity of concentration. For example in balancing exercises all our attention is required to maintain the posture
Article By Karl Poire