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Legal Steroids – Another Alternative – Natural Body Building

Legal Steroids – Another Alternative – Natural Body Building

For competitive body builders to build bigger muscles faster is a constant temptation but for the average non competitive body builder there is another natural option – natural body building. True it is a much slower process but the long term gains far outweigh the adverse affects that even legal steroids may have on your body over an extended period of time.

Steroids are usually used for a short duration of say 6-8 weeks with a substantial period of time elapsing before starting on the next course of steroids. It is not recommended that anyone take steroids on a continuous basis. This on and off program tends to produce short term spikes in muscle mass and muscle strength.

The advantage of natural body building is a slower but steadier increase in muscle mass rather than the peaks and lows of those on steroids. I am sure many of you have seen or heard of the affects on a body builder who stops using steroids – Rapid loss of muscle bulk and strength. The affects of steroids are fairly short lived and can result in some dramatic changes to both physique and health of a body builder.

Natural body building results in a steadier and more constant performance rather than the often times spectacular ups and downs of steroid induced muscle bulk and strength performance. When you achieve top results as a natural body builder you will be able to maintain your muscle bulk and strength for as long as you continue intense training without adverse affects on your general health.

You will not experience any dramatic muscle wasting that is many times seen in body builders when they stop using steroids. Loss of muscle bulk and strength are two of the most dreaded words for body builders. Natural body building will help most to avoid these pitfalls.

So why do people use steroids? Most of us are impatient creatures and want instant results so the steroid alternative is very attractive. Probably one of the most important factors that affect a person’s decision to use steroids or go the natural way is what is their reason for body building – is it just to look and feel better or are they in it for the competition.

So it is your call – you decide whether using legal steroids will benefit you and your objectives.

Or play it safe and go for the healthier, steadier natural body building program that will have longer term benefits for a healthier lifestyle – Its your choice.

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Yoga DVD’s

Yoga DVD’s

Yoga DVD’s containing live shows from gurus of Yoga and how they do the yoga asanas, yoga meditation, and yoga breathing. It is very convenient for those people who want to learn and practice yoga at the comfort of their own homes since yoga DVD’s also show how the poses or yoga postures should look like. It is virtually like being in the same room with the Yoga guru in a yoga studio as the guru demonstrates yoga techniques. Check out this yoga DVD’s available at abc-of-yoga.com:

Power Yoga Total Body Workout
This yoga DVD contains a demonstration of how one can build strength from within, as Rodney Yee shows how one can create detoxifying heat in the body that helps build inner strength, endurance, and stamina, through challenging sequence for beginners or intermediate.
Price: $15.00

Gaiam Yoga Conditioning for Athletes Movies
The yoga DVD is intended to shave off seconds from a track athlete’s time, shore up ones short game, and step-up performance in tennis, bicycling, golf, and almost any sport. The sixty-minute program creates endurance, and strengthens key muscles utilized in well-known sports, as well as improves focus. This yoga video is among Rodney Lee’s yoga DVD’s that guide yogis the more convenient way.
Price: $15.00

Gaiam Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss Yoga Movies
This yoga DVD won the 2005 Self Magazine Fitness DVD Award, and is considered a unique program designed especially for DVD, guided by Suzanne Deason. The video accommodates every level of fitness with four individual workouts that vary in modification levels. On-screen yoga symbols alerts one to poses that provide more comprehensive instruction. It also contains three hours of added material not found on the video. This video is among the yoga DVD’s that is a holistic way of engaging the body and mind to help one effectively maintain and lose weight.
Price: $15.00

Gaiam Prenatal Yoga Movies
The video helps in enhancing and deepening the most profound occasion in a woman’s life, with an easy-to-follow- and gentle techniques of Prenatal Yoga DVD. Shiva Rea guides this exclusive fity0minute series of strength-building exercises and stretches that assist in increasing stamina and energy, as well as develop concentration that aids during labor and delivery.
Price: $15.00
There are other Yoga DVD’s available in the market today that brings more expediency for people who want to practice yoga at their own convenient time and place; these videos are becoming more and more popular choices of yoga-interested people.

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Cardio Enthusiasts

Cardio Enthusiasts

It is common to hear fitness professionals and medical doctors prescribe low to moderate intensity aerobic training (cardio) to people who are trying to prevent heart disease or lose weight. Most often, the recommendations constitute something along the lines of "perform 30-60 minutes of steady pace cardio 3-5 times per week maintaining your heart rate at a moderate level". Before you just give in to this popular belief and become the "hamster on the wheel" doing endless hours of boring cardio, I’d like you to consider some recent scientific research that indicates that steady pace endurance cardio work may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
First, realize that our bodies are designed to perform physical activity in bursts of exertion followed by recovery, or stop-and-go movement instead of steady state movement. Recent research is suggesting that physical variability is one of the most important aspects to consider in your training. This tendency can be seen throughout nature as all animals demonstrate stop-and-go motion instead of steady state motion. In fact, humans are the only creatures in nature that attempt to do "endurance" type physical activities. Most competitive sports (with the exception of endurance running or cycling) are also based on stop-and-go movement or short bursts of exertion followed by recovery. To examine an example of the different effects of endurance or steady state training versus stop-and-go training, consider the physiques of marathoners versus sprinters. Most sprinters carry a physique that is very lean, muscular, and powerful looking, while the typical dedicated marathoner is more often emaciated and sickly looking. Now which would you rather resemble?
Another factor to keep in mind regarding the benefits of physical variability is the internal effect of various forms of exercise on our body. Scientists have known that excessive steady state endurance exercise (different for everyone, but sometimes defined as greater than 60 minutes per session most days of the week) increases free radical production in the body, can degenerate joints, reduces immune function, causes muscle wasting, and can cause a pro-inflammatory response in the body that can potentially lead to chronic diseases. On the other hand, highly variable cyclic training has been linked to increased anti-oxidant production in the body and an anti-inflammatory response, a more efficient nitric oxide response (which can encourage a healthy cardiovascular system), and an increased metabolic rate response (which can assist with weight loss). Furthermore, steady state endurance training only trains the heart at one specific heart rate range and doesn’t train it to respond to various every day stressors. On the other hand, highly variable cyclic training teaches the heart to respond to and recover from a variety of demands making it less likely to fail when you need it. Think about it this way — Exercise that trains your heart to rapidly increase and rapidly decrease will make your heart more capable of handling everyday stress. Stress can cause your blood pressure and heart rate to increase rapidly. Steady state jogging and other endurance training does not train your heart to be able to handle rapid changes in heart rate or blood pressure.
The important aspect of variable cyclic training that makes it superior over steady state cardio is the recovery period in between bursts of exertion. That recovery period is crucially important for the body to elicit a healthy response to an exercise stimulus. Another benefit of variable cyclic training is that it is much more interesting and has lower drop-out rates than long boring steady state cardio programs.
To summarize, some of the potential benefits of variable cyclic training compared to steady state endurance training are as follows: improved cardiovascular health, increased anti-oxidant protection, improved immune function, reduced risk for joint wear and tear, reduced muscle wasting, increased residual metabolic rate following exercise, and an increased capacity for the heart to handle life’s every day stressors. There are many ways you can reap the benefits of stop-and-go or variable intensity physical training. One of the absolute most effective forms of variable intensity training to really reduce body fat and bring out serious muscular definition is performing wind sprints. Most competitive sports such as football, basketball, racquetball, tennis, hockey, etc. are naturally comprised of highly variable stop-and-go motion. In addition, weight training naturally incorporates short bursts of exertion followed by recovery periods. High intensity interval training (varying between high and low intensity intervals on any piece of cardio equipment) is yet another training method that utilizes exertion and recovery periods. For example, an interval training session on the treadmill could look something like this:
Warm-up for 3-4 minutes at a fast walk or light jog;
Interval 1 – run at 8.0 mi/hr for 1 minute;
Interval 2 – walk at 4.0 mi/hr for 1.5 minutes;
Interval 3 – run at 10.0 mi/hr for 1 minute;
Interval 4 – walk at 4.0 mi/hr for 1.5 minutes;
Repeat those 4 intervals 4 times for a very intense 20-minute workout.
The take-away message from this article is to try to train your body at highly variable intensity rates for the majority of your workouts to get the most beneficial response in terms of heart health, fat loss, and muscle maintenance.

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Exercise Equipment Rowing Machine

Exercise Equipment Rowing Machine

Suffering from back pains? Back discomfort? Or just want a whole body workout but have limited apartment space? Then a home exercise equipment rowing machine is the perfect tool to use.

The exercise equipment rowing machine not only allows you to do exercises that work your back muscles, but also stretches these muscles, thus helping ease pain and discomfort. What makes it even better is that it takes up so little space.

Have you ever wondered why treadmills are so popular? That’s because they provide you with an excellent opportunity to work on your cardiovascular endurance even without stepping out of your apartment or home. Think about it – limited space but maximum exercise!

But treadmills only provide you with cardio and leg workout. Treadmills don’t really offer whole body workout. Unlike exercise equipment rowing machines, treadmills only work out your leg muscles and your cardiovascular endurance, but do nothing for your aching back or the rest of your muscle system.

If you want maximum exercise for your whole body, then there is nothing better than an exercise equipment rowing machine that provides you with whole body workout even in a limited space!

How to Choose an Exercise Equipment Rowing Machine

If this is your first time buying an exercise equipment rowing machine, the general rule of thumb is to stop at a specialty fitness retailer or an exercise equipment dealer. The sales staff at these shops is often knowledgeable about exercise equipment and can therefore answer questions you may have about the exercise equipment rowing machine you are considering. Some may even give you a demonstration so you will understand how the machine works.

One of the biggest challenges you will most probably face when shopping for exercise equipment rowing machines is to know which one is the right one. There are many factors to consider. But generally a piece of home fitness equipment such as an exercise equipment rowing machine, make your choice based on the anatomy, interests, and your fitness level.

When you get to the fitness equipment shop, ask yourself the following questions before you buy:
* What is your current fitness level now?
* What fitness level do you aim to achieve through the exercise equipment rowing machine?
* How much do you want to spend?
* Do you enjoy this activity?
* How much space do you have for the exercise equipment rowing machine?
* Is the item safe for you to use? What safety measures should you take? (The sales staff will be able to help you with these).
* Does the item have a warranty? If so, how many years? Does the warranty entail additional cost?
* How much time will you be able to spend exercising on the equipment?
* Will you get bored using the equipment?

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Men’s Wedding Rings, a Recent Phenomena, or Should a Man Wear a Wedding Ring or not?

Men’s Wedding Rings, a Recent Phenomena, or Should a Man Wear a Wedding Ring or not?

Strange as it may seem the use of a wedding ring by men was not common until recently. Whereas women have worn wedding rings for eons, men have not. The use of rings as a symbol of everlasting love enshrined in marriage can be traced back thousands of years. But not so much for men.

It was, in fact, during the second world war that the use of wedding rings by men became more common. (Note that mens wedding rings and mens wedding bands are interchangeable, both meaning the same thing.)

It became the custom for US soldiers going to war to publicise their marital status by the wearing of a man’s wedding ring. They were happy to make public their commitment to their wife by the wearing of a public symbol that declared that commitment to all. Given that this habit of wearing mens wedding bands was reasonably new it was all the more creditable that these men were willing to forego the marital obscurity available to them from not wearing a ring and actively chose to make a public statement about their choice.

Men’s wedding rings have become increasingly more common since that time. Today it is probably as common for a newly married man to wear a ring as not. This may be due to several factors. The modern man may consider it his duty to choose to make the same public marital statement as his wife will. And his wife may well consider it a condition of the marriage that he do so. After all, in these days of equality, if she is prepared to make a statement then should he not do so as well?

Despite the fact that the wearing of a ring by a woman is a matter of choice, it is in fact almost obligatory due to the fact that it is so common. Many women do not even consider the possibility of not wearing one. Often, however, a man usually considers the wearing of a man wedding ring very carefully.

There are a number of issues to consider. Firstly, is he concerned about a public display of his marital status? Some men, whether rightly or wrongly, are threatened by this. Others are not in the least concerned.

Secondly whilst the wearing of jewellery by women is so common as to go unremarked that is not necessarily the case for men. For many men the wearing of mens wedding bands is just a case of being asked to wear jewellery. Men often do not feel comfortable wearing jewellery and in many cases have never done so before. Whilst some men see their wedding band as different to wearing ordinary jewellery, others feel just the same as if they were being asked to wear ear rings. “It’s just not done by men”. The author, for example, wears a man wedding band, but would never consider wearing any other form of jewellery.

And as many men have never worn any form of jewellery before they have no idea what it will feel like to have something permanently on the finger. Is it heavy? Does it rub? Silly as it may seem to women this can be of concern to some men.

(If this genuinely is of concern it is quite possible to find a cheap jewellery shop, buy the cheapest ring available and wear it for a while. See exactly what it feels like. And find out your size at the same time.)

Men’s wedding rings are, in the eyes of some men, effeminate. “Real men” don’t wear rings or jewellery at all. This is becoming less of an issue as the wearing of a man’s wedding ring becomes more common, but is still an issue with many men.

Culture is also a consideration. In many cultures the wearing of wedding rings by men would never be considered. Men must think about how their particular culture, and also their religion, would view the wearing of a wedding band.

There are also practical considerations. Many men are engaged in trades where the wearing of a man wedding band would be downright dangerous. Although unlikely it is quite possible for a ring to get caught in machinery. In some jobs a ring cannot be worn on the job, and must be removed. This can also apply to women.

Ultimately though, the wearing of a men’s ring is just one of the many choices the man will have to make once he makes the commitment to marry. And it is often a choice made by the couple together, maybe one of the first they make in conjunction about their wedding.

Which finger is the ring worn on, and why?
Generally a man’s wedding band is worn on the ring finger, the same as for women. The ring finger, for those unmarried men not familiar with the concept, is the fourth finger of the left hand. This is considered to be the finger closest to the heart.

This notion came originally from the ancient Greeks who believed that this finger had an artery which flowed straight to the heart. Whilst anatomically incorrect this makes for good fable.

So you have both decided that he will wear a men’s wedding ring!
Once the man or couple have made the decision to purchase a men’s wedding ring for him there are still choices to make. Do they want to wear a matching set? Or does he prefer that his ring looks quite different to his wife’s. It is perfectly possible for a couple to buy a ring set where the style of the rings match perfectly, or even with matching engraved messages of love.

Generally though, even where the couple are to wear a matching ring set, the two rings are different. It is more common for the man’s wedding ring to be wider than the woman’s. This is because men’s hands and women’s hands are different. A woman usually has narrower finer fingers, and so a narrower band suits her hand. A man on the other hand has wider chunkier fingers and so a wider man wedding band is more suited.

This often results in the mans ring costing more than the woman’s ring even with matching styles, as the mans ring uses more, often expensive, material.

There are many innovative styles available now. Many men prefer a simple unadorned band, however others enjoy highly decorated styles which make a loud statement. The wearing of, for example, very wide and highly adorned Celtic rings is becoming much more common.

When considering the styles of men’s wedding rings it is well worth thinking about the personality of the individual. While different men have very different personalities different rings will suit different personalities as well. A loud outgoing man, for example, can wear a loud outgoing unique men’s ring.

There are many different ring materials which also reflect the personality of the individual. Titanium or Platinum are both becoming much more popular. Whilst diamonds are not, of course, as popular with men as with women, they do make a clear statement which pleases some men who choose them. Diamond men’s rings clearly say “I can afford it” or at least the big ones do. But it can be a brave man who chooses to wear a large diamond band.

Ultimately there are no rules about choosing a man wedding band. It is up to either the man or the couple together to make a decision. Will he or won’t he. There are a variety of considerations. First, will he wear one? Once that decision is made in the affirmative then there is a whole world of choice about styles, widths, materials and the type of statement the ring makes, both for the man and the woman.

But once he has his ring on it is rare that he decides that he doesn’t like it. And even if he doesn’t, it is rare that the woman will let him take it off!

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Benefits of Amino Acid Supplements

Benefits of Amino Acid Supplements

Amino acid supplements can provide a variety of health benefits to those who seek a healthy mind and body. Amino acids that are found in amino acid supplements are used by every cell in the human body and play many vital functions. Important amino acids are usually acquired through amino acid food intake and can also be obtained through amino acid supplements.

Sources of amino acids in food may come from animal or plant sources and includes all types of meat as well as eggs, milk, and cheese. Amino acid supplements in the form of tablets are now also readily available and can help complete the daily body’s amino acid requirements. The amino acids both in food and supplements have a profound effect on nails, hair, muscles, skin, and body organs.

The lack of amino acid in the diet, while not common, may lead to compromised health and deficiency problems. General fatigue and poor muscle strength can be symptoms of lack of amino acid food and amino acid supplements. Other signs for the body’s lack of amino acid are outbreaks of acne and excessively dry skin. These can only be counteracted through the proper and sufficient intake of amino acids through food and supplements.

Because of the benefits of amino acid supplements, a lot of people have included them in the diet. One of the benefits of amino acid supplements are being able to fill in the deficiency of some amino acids that helps in building and repairing different body parts. They also contain ingredients which are essential to certain body functions.

Another benefit of amino acid supplements is its ability to restock the wading acid supply of the body. Studies have shown that one of the benefits of amino acid supplements can aid the growth of lean mass with no ill effects on present muscle mass. Increased endurance and reduction in body fat experienced by many athletes is another benefit of amino acid supplements. Benefit of amino acid supplements in athletes have also shown that little time is sent recovering after extreme training as well as long lasting energy.

Those people who are into body building though may need higher levels of protein or amino acid supplements as these physical activities have a definite effect on protein metabolism. Another of the benefits of amino acid supplements is that it can increase muscular development specifically when involved with heavy resistance training.

Another part where amino acid supplements have proven beneficial is in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. It also aids in those people who suffer from bronchitis, depression, and even diabetes. Favorable results also show for amino acid supplement users for high blood pressure as well as enhanced fitness because amino acid supplements meet the protein needs of the body.

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Wondering How Long To Exercise For Weight Loss Benefits

Wondering How Long To Exercise For Weight Loss Benefits

Obesity is one of the biggest problems facing the western world today, and more than three quarters of all Americans have attempted to lose weight at some point in their lives; most have struggled, either in losing weight, or in keeping that weight off once diet or exercise regimes have passed.

Exercise is widely acknowledged as one of the best ways to keep away excess pounds, but while many people long to exercise for weight loss, they often feel confused about how often to exercise, how often, and what kind of exercise is best. The biggest confusions lie around the question of how much time should a person exercise for each day, in order to maximise weight loss.

Popular wisdom states that it is necessary to exercise for around an hour every day in order to burn enough calories to effect weight loss. This has lead to beliefs that a person doing walking exercise needs to cover 5 miles a day in order to lose weight, but this is of course not constant; in addition, people ‘lose’ energy throughout the day after exercise, due to an increase in their metabolism. Often, people struggle with higher-activity exercise, as it causes stress and wear upon the body, and therefore they prefer shorter bursts of high activity, or one long session of moderate activity.

A study has also shown that there is little-to-no difference between many short bursts of exercise, and one long session, when measuring weight loss, continuance of the exercise, and improvements in fitness. Multiple short sessions are obviously more conveniently fitted into daily life, and short exercise with equipment actually resulted in people exercising more often; it is shown that longer periods of exercise for weight loss, if only done infrequently, has no greater effect at all. Therefore, how long to exercise for weight loss becomes a question of what kind of activity is being performed, and how often this weight-loss exercise should be performed.

Yale university conducted a similar study in which they showed that women exercising for 20 minutes (doing 8 seconds of running with 12 seconds of moderate exercise for the 20 mins) lost more fat than women doing 40 minutes of constant moderate exercise. Intervals became very popular for a while; and it remains one of the best ways of exercising for short periods while obtaining the results of a long period of exercise.

What these studies have shown is that it is not just a matter of how long to exercise for weight loss, but the frequency of exercise, and the rate at which the exercise is performed. A high-rate activity will burn up calories more quickly than a moderate activity, and so less time needs to be spent on harder exercise to lose the same amount of weight as something more moderate. Running burns up about two times as many calories as walking; so running for 20 mins will help weight loss more quickly than walking for 20 minutes. Anyone considering how long to exercise for weight loss should bear this in mind.

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Growing Your Professional Service Firm For Show or Dough?

Growing Your Professional Service Firm For Show or Dough?

Or are you building it for size or profit?
Imagine a weasel. Imagine that little demon of destruction, that insensate courage, tireless activity and incredible agility. Multiply this might some fifty times and you have a wolverine. Do you know that this little animal (some 45 lbs) can make the mighty grizzly bear (some 1,000 lbs) run for his life hysterically crying for his mother?
And this is where the wolverine story ends and our story begins. But to demonstrate how this relates to the growth of professional service firms, for a moment we’re going to talk about how weight training builds muscle in humans because there is a dangerously high number of professional firms grow that grow the wrong way.
First consider bodybuilders. They are building muscle for show. Muscle for size. Muscle for parade. Muscle for impression.
Now consider athletes. They are building muscle for strength. Muscle for power. Muscle for specific functions.
So, now let’s look at the structure of the muscle and how bodybuilders’ and athletes’ approaches differ when it comes to building muscle.
Imagine the muscle as a package of spaghetti. The individual spaghettis are the muscle fibres, known as myofibrils. The package, called sarcoplasm, is the sheath enveloping the spaghettis, the individual muscle fibres.
And here is the difference.
Athletes, who train for muscle function, strength and power, grow the size of the spaghettis inside the sheath, and the sheath grows naturally as the muscle fibres grow. The sheath is always tightly packed with muscle fibres. This is called myofibrillar muscle growth, that is, muscle growth for function.
Bodybuilders on the other hand train for muscle size. They are growing the size of the sheath itself with little consideration for the real muscle fibres inside. And all the space that is not occupied by muscle fibres is filled with water. Not really water, but all sorts of fiendish body fluids. This is called sarcoplasmic muscle growth, that is, muscle growth for show and parade.
So, now we can go back to professional firms and consider how they grow.
First consider the “bodybuilder” firm. Just as sarcoplasmic muscle growth, the growth of the sheath itself, requires high volume of training to create size for show, so operate bodybuilder type firms. They have lots of people, incredible level of busy-ness, lots of clients and preponderance of projects. Everyone is running around like a headless chicken. People are busy doing client work, writing proposals and running around chasing new prospects. These firms operate on high volume and, well you’ve guessed it right, low margins. They have impressive top indicators, like incredible gross sales and unimaginable number of billable hours. So, if you don’t look beyond the veneer, these firms can look truly impressive.
In contrast, let’s see the athletic professional firm. This type of firm trains with lower volume but uses heavier load for building functional muscles. This is myofibrillar muscle growth for function, strength and power, with little ragard for show. This firm focuses on growing the size and the number of its muscle fibres, knowing that the sheath with grow in response to fibre growth. As opposed to impressive top indicators, athletic firms have nice bottom indicators like net profit per person or net profit per project. They work systematically without chronic busy-ness and chaos.
Now let’s revisit the grizzly bear and the wolverine. How can this little creature spread fear among such mighty animals as grizzly bears? One is definitely agility. The other is body composition. While the wolverine is almost 100% pure muscle, a large chunk of the bear is fat.
Similarly, a large chunk of most professional firms is "organisational fat", including but not limited to the posh office at the upscale end of town, fleet of impressive company cars, super expensive mahogany desks, unnecessary business trips, luxury "strategy retreats" and excessive number of – often underskilled – staff members. And most of these firms, although looking big and impressive on the outside, are pitifully underperforming on the inside. Yes, they can brag about impressive billable hours and billing rates, but after the overheads and salaries are paid for, they have almost nothing left to show for.
It reminds me of a former classmate at university who walked around with a mobile phone on his belt to impress us (in 1988) but didn’t have money to actually get his phone connected to use it for any practical purpose. It was all for show and parade.
So, now my question to you is this: What kind of firm are you building? Are you building a dysfunctional muscle-bound behemoth or a functional, practical, agile, lean and mean athlete of a firm?
Do you build your firm for show or for dough? Do you build it for size or function? Does your firm have an essence, a core or is it all veneer? Is your firm more of a fat grizzly bear or an agile wolverine?

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Six Branches Of Yoga

Six Branches Of Yoga

Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is the path of Physical Yoga or Yoga of Postures is the most popular branch of Yoga. Hatha Yoga considered the body as the vehicle for the soul. It uses Physical Poses or Asana, Breathing Techniques or Pranayama, Meditation in order to bring the body in perfect health and for the more subtle spiritual elements of the mind to emerge freely. The practice of Hatha Yoga will result to the union of the body and the soul, it aims to make the body perfect and fill it with life force.

Bhakti Yoga
Bhakti Yoga is the path of heart and devotion or the Yoga of devotion. Yogis who practice Bhakti Yoga sees the Divine in everyone and everything he encounters. This lead him to develop love, acceptance and tolerance for all. Bhaki Yoga teaches a person to have a devotion to God and all things through devotion to life and love.

Raja Yoga
Raja means "royal". Raja Yoga is the path of Yoga that focuses on meditation and contemplation. It is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga which was discussed in the Yoga Sutra. This Yoga path teaches deep self respect through self mastery. The self here is honored. Raja Yoga believes that the universe exists for the self, giving the self an illusion of centrality which results to self respect and respect for all creatures. Raja Yoga is also referred to as the King of Yogas, majority of its practitioners live in spiritual or religious orders.

Jnana Yoga
Jnana Yoga is the path of Yoga that deals with wisdom and knowledge or the Yoga of the mind. Jnana Yogis pays tribute on man’s intelligence. They try to surpass limitations by unifying intellect and wisdom. Jnana Yoga tries to obtain existence beyond doctrine and ideological controversies by accepting all other philosophies and religion. It also uses an open, rational and curious mind in studying the spirit.

Karma Yoga
Karma Yoga believes that your present situation is based on your past actions. Karma Yoga is the path of service; it refers to the energy of action. This path requires you to be selfless. Performing a selfless service is the essence of Karma Yoga or consciously choosing a future that is free from negativity and selfishness knowing that your life is a consequence of your past actions. Karma Yoga practices try to change your action towards the good – good words, good thoughts, good deeds, in order to change your soul. By being selfless, you change your consciousness which leads to a change in your destiny.

Tantra Yoga
Tantra Yoga is the path of ritual and perhaps the most misunderstood path. Some may think of Tantra Yoga as sorcery, witchcraft, magic spell or some mysterious formula. Most people perceive Tantra Yoga as sexual. All of these perceptions are far from truth. Tantra is the knowledge concerning Tattva (Truth or Brahman) and Mantra (mystic syllables). It utilizes rituals to respectfully experience the sacred in everything we do, not just sex though sex is a part of it. It aims to expand our awareness in all states – whether awake or asleep. Tantra Yoga practitioners must have purity, humility, devotion, courage, dedication to his Guru, cosmic love, faithfulness, contentment, dispassion, non-covetousness, and truthfulness.