Reiki is not only a method of healing, it is also part of a holistic approach to living your best life. Most often, when we seek to improve ourselves, we find there is no single magic bullet, but rather a variety of mind, body, spirit elements to support our health and happiness. Yoga is one such element.
No doubt, you have heard of yoga, but choosing the right type for you can be a bit daunting.
Some of the most common types of yoga are listed below and briefly explained to guide you in choosing the best type of yoga that you can start with.
Iyengar Yoga: these types of yoga are solely focused on the alignment and precise movements. Yoga props such as blocks and straps are usually used as part of this type of yoga for those beginners who are not as flexible as the experts as to compensate for injuries. These Yoga props help assist all sorts of people to be able to do the poses comfortably. Because of its attention to details and the flexible modification of poses, this type of yoga is often a good form of exercise for people with back pain or neck pain, as they are likely to benefit from the random alteration to the poses. Practicing this type of yoga will give you a good knowledge on the classics in yoga poses so that whatever other style you practice, you will have the basic fundamentals on how to do each position. In Iyengar yoga the teacher focuses more on alignment and inner awareness. This awareness starts with the body and expands to other parts of the self as one continues with the regularity of practice.
Ashtanga Yoga: This type of yoga is commonly called power yoga because it is focused on a powerful flowing movement. Such movements include pushups and lunges, which deals with strength and stamina. Ashtanga yoga is best for people are looking for more challenging practice, people who are already athletic such as runners, gymnasts and cyclists who want to add more balance and concentration to their routines are also utilizing these types of yoga.
Bikram Yoga: is also known as the hot yoga for this is done in a very warm room. This type of yoga is excellent for increasing flexibility because the heat helps tissue to stretch. But keep in mind that Bikram yoga is not applicable to those that have developed cardio vascular diseases due to the strain placed on the body when vigorously exercising in the heat.
Viniyoga: This type links breath and movement in flowing exercises that are adapted to each individual. This is often a good form of yoga for those with back problems or neck injuries because it can be easily adapted by anyone.
Raja Yoga: This type of yoga aims for liberation through meditation. Raja yoga is best for those people who are capable of intense concentration.
Bhakti yoga: or commonly known as devotional yoga focuses on self surrender in the face of the divine.
Mantra yoga: much more known as the "yoga of potent sound" this type of yoga aims at liberation through the verbal or mental repetition of empowered sounds, such as "om," "hum," or "ram."
There are so many yoga institutions to choose from. It is also a good idea that before going into a class, discuss with the teacher first regarding his or her philosophy and beliefs in order to find the most appropriate and personally appealing form of yoga for you.
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