Author: Claudia Hahn
The locked door of yoga, it opens for you and when you start to orientate you completely new in the yoga world, this blog post may offer you useful information and can help you to find your yoga access. If you’ve been in the yoga scene already for a while, you can get here an overview and gain new pulses. Also, sometimes it is simply just good to be remembered, why we practice yoga.
Why are you going to yoga? If you ask yourself this question, you are much further than you think. Every act needs a goal, that’s what helps to orient and hang on to practice.
Possible reasons could be:
- the desire to experience peace and relaxation
- to clear the head
- strengthen the body and become more flexible
- Maybe you are looking for a solution that will improve your stress management skills
- regular yoga practice is modern and in, many do
However, no matter what the reason is, one thing is for sure: Yoga is a very good choice!
But what is yoga actually?
Yoga is “union of body, mind and soul.”
The term “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit language and is translated as “seat”, which means the yoga position. If the exercises are practiced regularly the harmony of muscle activity and passivity begins, rest starts. The practitioner can react better in stress situations and is more relaxed.
It is important to me that you first have access to the corresponding yoga style and just start practicing.
Learning by doing. Everything else will follow automatically.
Let me tell you about my own experience:
I first encountered yoga at a fitness convention and it was VinyasaYoga. I was very excited and started immediately with the education.
However I still I searched further, took my mat and I tried Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and much more.
The different yoga directions have the same goal, but differ only in the kind and how it is practiced and how the philosophy of yoga is taught.
I have prepared an overview for you, but keep the individual descriptions short and just explain the way to practice. You may want to investigate further by your own:
Yoga is a form of exercise that is over 5000 years old and has proven very successful over time. A great development all over the world started!
Let’s begin with the great mother of all yoga styles
“H a t h a Y o g a”
The practice includes: Physical exercises be felt into after a rest period, breaks are made. Both muscular activity as well as passivity are used. There are read mantras and texts that are designed according to the yoga philosophy and the meditation has its place. There may be used yoga blocks, yoga straps, blankets and pillows used.
“V i n y a s a Y o g a”
Developed in the 90s in the US, is a body-related yoga style and is considered a modernized form of hatha yoga. In practice, we have a flowing teaching style, where the breathing is combined with the movement. It can be very sweaty! Is used the yoga block, – harness and a blanket to relax.
The Vinyasa Yoga evolves from the
“A s h t a n g a Y o g a”
here is practiced in specified series based on the first three series. But we start in the yoga chikitsa series for a long time (yoga therapy series) stay. The goal is to memorize the series and then practice them independently. Again, sweating is sure.
In both the Vinyasa Yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga oceanic breathing is practiced during practice. The air circulates in the pharynx, the vocal space narrows slightly and creates a sound like that breaking the waves or the typical shell noise of a shell kept on one’s ear. The concentration is supported and the detoxification process increased by heat development in the body.
“K u n d a l i n i Y o g a”
In this yoga style, body and breathing exercises, mantra singing and dietetics are included. exercises are made in rhythm over several minutes. That can be quite exhausting. Kundalini Yoga is an energetic yoga style.
“I y e n g a r Y o g a”
Here the yoga exercises are taken exactly with aids (yoga belt, blocks, chairs, cushions, blankets) and over a longer period of time held. A true physical orientation training.
“Y i n Y o g a”
while the previous yoga styles support more the muscular activity, Yin Yoga rather focuses on the passivity. The yoga exercises are more practiced sitting or lying and kept for 2-5-10 minutes or longer. The backround can vary depending on the taste of the yoga teacher. With music or without, instruments accompaniment or singing bowls, stories, meditations or similar.
The deep meaning behind it lies in the touch of the energetic structure, which is coupled with the meridian system and the connective tissue. The energetics is a very special topic because every function in us needs energy …. also another topic.
The yoga world looks holistically at humans, anatomy and knowledge.The variation of different yoga exercises is the main focus. Each style can be individually tailored to specific target groups.
Limited to the practical aspect you have now got a small overview of the individual yoga styles and possibly you have already find the suitable style for you.
Nevertheless, the best is to travel with your yoga matand to try out different things. You will learn and be enthusiastic!
You will make your own very special experiences. I wish you good luck and success!
500 RYT / Yacep Yoga Alliance