What is yoga?
Yoga practicing began in India in 3000 BC, as a combination of physical, spirtual and relegious practices. Unlike what is known today as the modern/western Yoga.
The common Modern Yoga focues in health and wellness through lifestyle changes, breathing and physical exercises.
Modern yoga can be practiced easily by alomost anyone, it doesnt require special equipment and with a mirriad of health benefits, it didnt take long to become popular in the western world.
The most popular types of yoha include
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Ashtanga Yoga
- Power Yoga
- Yin Yoga
In addition, new types have been designed for specific groups such as:
- Prenatal Yoga
- Restorative yoga
- Yoga for kids,
- Yoga for couples
- Yoga for seniors
- Yoga for people with disabilities
health benefits of yoga
Yoga can be effective in conditions such as:
- chronic hypertension
Additionaly, Yoga can decrease the levels of Cortisol, blood glucose and increase the feelings of emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.
The health benefits of Yoga dont stop there, according to a study, 1 hour of regular yoga practice a day is as effective as medical therapy in controlling blood pressure in hypertensive people.
Is yoga for me?
typically, any healthy individual can attend a beginners yoga class, Individuals with medical conditions can still attend a yoga class but they should consult their doctor first.
Prospective students who worry about spirtual/religius pravtices, may double-check wi
Yoga can be practiced indoors or outdoors with a mat, alone or in group
The price range varries from Class to Class and teacher to teacher. Reputable Teachers may charge a great ammount of money, while beginers and amateur teachers may ofer completely free classes.
before Your first Yoga class
Modern Yoga is friendly, peaceful and relatively safe. Students can practice it without adopting the underlying religious prespectives.
It can be practiced both indoors and outdoors, in one to one or group sessions.
Comfortable clothes and a mat are the only requirements
A Yoga session may last from as little as 15 minutes but a typical class is usuaooy 45minutes to 1 hour and may include “warm up”, breathing and meditation.
Choosing the right yoga teacher
Your yoga teacher must be qualified, trustable, caring and motivational.
If you are an absolute beginer, your teacher should be also patient as he or she may need to correct your technique several times to minimize or eliminate the risks of an injury and the convineience.