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THE YIN AND YANG OF YOGA

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
March 14, 2014
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Yoga has been around pretty much since the dawn of civilization.

There are cave drawings of people in yoga poses! Sanskrit (the language of yoga) is rumored to be 25,000 years old! Needless to say, there must be something to this.

Yoga tones and strengthens the body both inside and out. Yoga poses strengthen your muscles and massage your internal organs to keep them in peak working order. And after class, you get a fabulous endorphin high. and you get a fabulous endorphine high after a class! Yoga is a whole-body practice. So how then can you tell which type of yoga is right for you? Here’s the scoop:

YOGA DISCIPLINES

Ashtanga Yoga: (Madonna’s favorite) It is an intense yoga practice integrating breath and movement. Great for getting in shape and a great workout! Focus is placed on the Primary Series, and poses are done in exact sequence.

Bikram Yoga: (Hot Yoga) Practiced in a heated room (90 degrees or so), this practice is geared toward heating and stretching the body. Not for everyone. The heat can be bad for those with headaches and hypertension. As well beginners should shy away from this for a bit because the heat allows you to over stretch which can lead to injury for those who aren’t familiar with the practice yet. For those already familiar with yoga – it’s a great detoxifying workout!

Iyengar Yoga: Precise alignments using specific props like Yoga Blocks, Straps, Bolsters etc. to help achieve the correct alignment within the pose. Iyengar designed this type of yoga on the premise that through the exact alignments you get the best specific results. Great workout! Great for beginners.

Jivamukti Yoga: Vigorous poses and intellectual stimulation geared towards spiritual awareness. Chanting, music, meditation!

Viniyoga: Yoga developed for specific physical conditions and purposes. Great for recovering from injuries!

Vinyasa Yoga: (Power Flow Yoga) Powerful poses synchronizing continual breath and movement. Amazing workouts to fun music. The instructor chooses the sequence of the poses. Great for beginners through advanced practice.

Yin Yoga: Strong passive practice where you surrender to the posture for 1-5 minutes. This enables deep stretching. Great for injuries and those tight hamstrings as well as those looking to relax and lengthen the body. Great for all levels.

Can I get an Ooohhhhhmmmmm???

 

 

 

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