Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Different Styles of Yoga - And Which Will Be Best For You

The Different Styles of Yoga - And Which Will Be Best For You
by Christina Ingham

Yoga in Sanskrit stands for union and it denotes a union or balance between the spirit, body and mind so there is a state of harmony. This is an ancient holistic method of individual improvement practiced for years. Practiced for almost 5000 years, the body is gradually conditioned by emphasizing the strengthening of the mind and body, at the same time stimulating the soul - it is both a science and a philosophy.

Yogi and Yogini refer to male and female practitioners of yoga respectively. In practice this is an applied science of the body and mind and it is part of the six orthodox systems that make up Indian Philosophy. It is a vast subject and contains a great deal more than just sitting around in a lotus position just chanting along in unison.

Practicing Yoga is one of the most effective ways of handling stress and it also effective in treating back problems that result due to postural defects. Complementary therapies make people feel good and this gives enough cause to cancer patients to resort to these methods. According to many who know, the best time to practice it is during the morning right before your breakfast.

Some of the styles of this discipline are listed below: The Raja yoga is referred to as the kingly form where meditation is the main practice. It is one of the four main paths of yoga where different methods help control the mind, senses, energy and body.

The Kundalini Yoga is a non stressful and safe practice which gives instant results. It is based on a set of special exercises or Kriyas. We also have Hatha Yoga which is an extremely wonderful system that is comprised of breath control and postures; it is the basis for all of the modern asana based discipline forms.

Sahaja Yoga is another very unique meditation method that is based on the actual experience of self realization which can occur within each and every human being. The precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga come together in a heated room under the system of Moksha hot yoga.

Yoga is getting famous nowadays and is being practiced by both the young as well as the old people as it is good for people of all ages. Its growth and popularity as a form of exercise is due to the fact that here nothing is done to you, it is something you do to yourself. This is beneficial for pregnant women as it helps to make them more patient and increases elasticity.

Associated Press and Fit Yoga claim the discipline is increasing in popularity among soldiers for improving stamina, mental focus and flexibility. This discipline brings about a general well-being and inner harmony and physical exercise is not its end.

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