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The 8 Physical and Mental Types of Yoga

The 8 Physical and Mental Types of Yoga

There are a lot of different types of yoga today, so if you are starting out and feeling confused, you are normal.
It is best to start with a type of yoga that is appropriate for your own level of fitness, physical and spiritual goals and health condition.
The 8 most common types of yoga are described in this article and briefly explained to help guide you in choosing the best type of yoga that you can start with.
Physical-Focused Types of Yoga
Iyengar Yoga: Iyengar yoga is focused solely on body alignment and executing precise movements. Yoga accessories such as blocks and straps are normally used by beginners who are not as flexible as the experts.
Yoga accessories help assist all sorts of people to be able to do the poses comfortably.
Because of its attention to details and the flexible modification of poses, Iyengar yoga is often considered a good form of exercise for people with neck or back pain, as they are likely to benefit from the random movement in the poses.
Practicing Iyengar yoga will give you a good knowledge on the classics in yoga poses so that whatever other style you eventually practice, you will have the basic fundamentals on how to do each position.
In Iyengar yoga the teacher focuses more on alignment and inner awareness. This awareness starts with the body and expands to other parts of the self as one continues to practice regularly
Ashtanga Yoga: Ashtanga yoga is commonly called "power yoga" because it is focused on a powerful flowing movement.
The movements include pushups and lunges, which deals with strength and stamina. Ashtanga yoga is best for people who have a strong back, or have successfully overcome back injuries and are looking for more challenging practice.
Athletic people such as runners, cyclists and gynmasts who wish to add more balance and concentration to their routines are also fans of Ashtanga yoga.
Bikram Yoga: Bikram yoga is also known as the "hot yoga" because it is done in a very warm room. Bikram yoga is an excellent tool to increase flexibility because the heat helps you to stretch.
Keep in mind that Bikram yoga is not safe for anyone who has developed cardio vascular diseases, because vigorously exercising in the heat places strain placed on the body.
Mental-Focused Types of Yoga
Bhakti yoga: or commonly known as devotional yoga. Bhakti yoga focus on self surrender in the face of the divine, if you know what that means.
Mantra yoga: Mantra yoga is known as the "yoga of potent sound". Mantra yoga aims at liberation through the verbal or mental repetition of empowered sounds, such as "om," "hum," and "ram."
Viniyoga: Viniyoga yoga links breathe and movement in flowing exercises that are modified to each individual. Viniyoga is a good form of yoga for those with back problems or neck injuries because it can be easily adapted by everyone.
Raja Yoga: Raja yoga aims for liberation through meditation. Raja yoga is meant for those people who are capable of intense concentration.
As you can see, there are many types of yoga to choose from. It is a good idea to discuss the type of yoga practiced before engaging in any yoga class. In particular, learn which philosophy the teacher uses, so you’ll know if it will be a gentle, passive yoga, or a bone crunching form.
Both you and the teacher will be glad you knew what you were getting into, before the class begins.

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The Many Branches Of Yoga

The Many Branches Of Yoga

People have used yoga techniques for more than 2,000 years. Over these centuries, yoga has developed into a system of widely varied practices, much like an ancient tree with many branches.
Each branch of yoga was developed to serve specific human needs. As a general rule, though, they all serve one primary purpose: to bring into equilibrium the human mind and body.
Let’s take a closer look at 5 of those branches of yoga.
Hatha Yoga
If enhanced well being is your goal, you should consider the practice of hatha yoga. In addition to meditation, which is a common technique in4 all yoga branches, hatha yoga teaches a series of postures (known in yoga terminology as asanas) and breathing exercises (called pranayamas). Hatha yoga is considered to be one of the primary antecedents of modern physical therapy.
Karma Yoga
Another popular branch is karma yoga, which operates under the principle that everything that happens to us in our life is a direct consequence of our past actions. As a result, karma yoga encourages practitioners to eliminate negativity and selfishness from their current lives, to avoid having to deal with future consequences. Karma yoga is practiced throughout one’s day, including at work. Activities undertaken with the goal of helping other people, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen, are associated with the karma yoga path.
Raja Yoga
A branch of yoga which places an even greater emphasis on meditation is raja yoga. Known also under the name of classical yoga, raja is a more advanced discipline. Practitioners usually start with hatha yoga in order to prepare the body for this advanced training. Studies have shown that people attracted by this form of yoga are generally more introspective and more drawn to profound meditation. Various religious groups devote themselves to this yoga path, which is similar to a monastic or contemplative lifestyle.
Jnana Yoga
This branch of yoga is directed mainly to scholars. It involves development of the intellect through the study of yoga tradition, scripts and texts. It is also known to be the yoga of the heart and wisdom. Although it is described as the most difficult of all yoga practices, jnana yoga is also considered 1 of the most direct and rewarding paths.
Bhakti Yoga
Bhakti yoga promotes the ideal of devotion. The principle message of this yoga path is the presence of something divine in every form of creation. Hence, it is important to tolerate, accept and respect any form of life with which we come into contact.
In Conclusion
These are only a few of the numerous yoga branches and paths. Whatever your needs, you can find a suitable yoga practice and, through it, find equilibrium and inner peace.

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Yoga Certification Videos

Yoga Certification Videos

The popularity of yoga has been unstoppable in so many parts of the world, and with the help of the modern-day Internet technology, as well as DVD systems, has made yoga distance learning, yoga home study programs, and yoga certification videos possible. One can conveniently learn yoga, and even be a certified yoga instructor at the comfort of their own homes and the expediency of their own time.

The importance of being a certified yoga teacher has been deemed significant nowadays as yoga has increasingly become one of the most sought after classes for people who want to balance their physical and mental health; the undeniable benefits of yoga has made it a very famous form of “healthy habit”. Certified yoga teachers usually attract most students as they become recognized as an “authority” for teaching yoga.

However, one of the challenging tasks of becoming a certified yoga teacher has been on the time away from work, family, and obligations, as well as the financial burden that traditional certification classes bring about. Again, thanks to today’s modern technology, these hindrances have been eliminated, and among the most common ways of becoming a certified yoga instructor can be done through yoga certification videos from qualified yoga organizations or groups.

Yoga certification videos are presently in the format of DVD’s that is the most accepted international video format. It is among today’s popular forms of yoga certification that diminishes the load of conventional yoga certification classes. These yoga certification videos generally contain a comprehensive learning course for yoga that meets the two-hundred hour minimum requirement for yoga certification home study programs, as well as assignments for monitoring the student’s progress.

A very important factor in yoga certification videos is the course should contain understandable step-by-step instructions, as well as being guided towards additional yoga learning resources. It is also important that if ever questions arise during the lessons, one should be able to email and get a timely reply. The whole yoga instruction contained in yoga certification videos should bring about full know-how of teaching yoga and a complete process of certification.

Yoga certification, whether through traditional yoga certification courses or through yoga certification videos, is a must these days for yoga practitioners, as it has not only become the basis for recognition of expertise but has also become a means of acquiring insurance liability which is needed in running one’s own yoga classes.

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Understanding The Different Types Of Yoga

Understanding The Different Types Of Yoga

Yoga is becoming a more and more popular activity in the Western world today. The number of places holding Yoga classes is on the increase and there is a plethora of different types of Yoga. With a choice of Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and many more it can be easy to get confused
The article will help you to understand the difference between the most popular types of Yoga so you can choose which type is right for you.
Hatha Yoga – in Sanskrit (an ancient classical language of India) “Ha” means “sun” and “tha” means “moon”. This type of Yoga is relatively slow paced, gentle type of Yoga and is a good place to start if you are completely new to Yoga and don’t know any of the asanas (poses). Like all types of Yoga, Hatha Yoga aims to unite the mind, body and spirit.
Ashtanga Yoga – this is the type of Yoga that I practice on a regular basis and means “eight limbs” in Sanskrit. It’s a fast moving, intense style of Yoga practice and is based on a progressive set sequence of asanas, synchronized with the breath. Ashtanga Yoga can be quite physically demanding as you constantly move from one asana in the sequence to the next, so you’ll find that it will improve your stamina as well as your flexibility and strength..
Power Yoga – this is a western interpretation of Yoga and is based on Ashtanga Yoga. A Power Yoga class may not necessarily stick to the exact sequence of poses like Ashtanga Yoga does, but it does involve practicing a series of poses without stopping and starting.
Iyengar Yoga – This type of Yoga is based on teachings by B.K.S Igengar and concentrates on the correct alignment and form of the body. Unlike Ashtanga Yoga, there is an emphasis on holding each pose for a long period of time rather than moving constantly from one pose to the next. Iyengar Yoga uses props such as blocks and straps to help align the body into the different poses.
Vinyasa Yoga – Vinyasa means breath synchronized movement and is another fast paced type of Yoga, with an emphasis on breathing. A practice typically starts with sun salutations and moves on to more intense stretching. Throughout the practice each pose is balanced with a counter pose.
Bikram Yoga – otherwise known as “Hot Yoga”, is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees, with a humidity of around 40%. Generally a sequence of 26 different poses is practiced during a Bikram Yoga class and the hot temperature helps to loosen muscles. Due to the high temperature most people sweat a lot during the class and this helps to cleanse the body of toxins.
If you’re just starting out or have never done any Yoga before, I recommend trying a few different types of yoga to find out what you like best.
Remember, there’s no rule that says you have to stick to one type of Yoga. I like Ashtanga Yoga best, but I also go to occasional Iyengar and Hatha Yoga classes for a bit of variety.

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Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance

A non-profit organization, Yoga Alliance maintains a nationwide Yoga Teacher’s Registry to promote and recognize trained yoga teachers and meets their standards. Yoga teachers who are registered with the organization are authorized to make use of the “RYT” (Registered Yoga Teacher) initials, or the “E-RYT” (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) for those teachers who have significant experience in teaching yoga besides training.

The Yoga Alliance also issues logos or registry marks for registered teachers that they can use with resumes, business, or advertising endeavors. It also upholds a Registry of Yoga Schools to distinguish training programs of yoga teachers that have as a minimum two-hundred to five-hundred hours of training. Schools that are registered are likewise allowed to use “RYS” (Registered Yoga School) initials, as well as receive registry marks and certificates of registration. The registered schools (RYS) graduates are automatically qualified to register with the organization as RYT’s.

The Yoga Alliance’s registries are promoted and advertised to the public, organizations who review the credentials of yoga teachers such as health insurance, hospitals, and governmental organizations, as well as organizations that hire yoga teachers such as athletic clubs, Park and recreation Departments, and YMCA’s.

The organization registers both training programs for yoga teachers (schools) and individual yoga teachers, who have met the minimum educational standards recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Its vision is to support the yoga teachers and yoga’s integrity and diversity. The organization’s mission is to set standards, provide resources, foster integrity, preserve the yoga teachings, and lead the yoga community.

The Yoga Alliance was created through a 1999 merger with Unity of Yoga, a group which sponsored and organized international and national yoga conferences from 1982 till 1995, and the Ad Hoc Yoga Alliance. In September of 1999, the newly founded Yoga Alliance established its nationwide Yoga Teacher’s Registry, promoting and recognizing training that met their minimum standards of training. In 2005, the organization began to recognize and register yoga teachers with noteworthy training experience aside from training.

The Yoga Alliance also supports Yoga Day in the United States, which is a yearly national yoga celebration created by yoga schools, studios, and teachers. Although the organization does not claim to represent yoga in the US, they do represent their members and support every yoga teacher, whether they are registered or not with the organization. The Yoga Alliance has upheld the vocation of yoga teaching, as well as offered a good approach for yoga teachers to preserve the depth of their chosen profession.

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Yoga Supplies

Yoga Supplies

The booming popularity of yoga in many parts of the world has brought about a bang on yoga supplies as well. Yoga supplies are products that better inspire yoga practice, and they range from yoga mat bags, yoga mats, yoga props, yoga clothing, hemp clothing, yoga packages, yoga rugs, silk eye pillows, yoga accessories, and books and media.

Yoga Mat Bags
Yoga mat bags are among the most popular yoga supplies, designed to carry a rolled yoga mat or practice rug that makes it easier to transport everything one needs for yoga, from home to yoga class, or work to yoga class, and even around town. It is ideal for travel that keeps one’s yoga mat protected and clean. Most importantly, the process of bringing one’s own yoga mat to yoga class becomes easier, so they can practice anytime and anywhere they deem proper.

Yoga Mats
Yoga mats are used in practicing yoga, especially as it involves positions or postures that need to be on a flat ground or floor in performing its asanas, and having a yoga mat allows better convenience whether outdoor or indoors. There are a lot of various yoga mats that one can choose from, ranging from sticky mats, ultra mats, Maha Yoga mats, Eco Yoga mats, Prana Yoga mats, premium black mats, and travel yoga mats.

Yoga Props
A variety of yoga props are also among the most popular yoga supplies which includes yoga elastic mat strap, yoga practice straps, foam wedges, foam blocks, yoga mat cleansing wipes, eco-friendly foam blocks, Mexican blankets, bamboo practice blocks, yoga meditation cushion, yoga towel, yoga bolster, yoga zabuton, and more.

Yoga Clothing
Yoga clothing for men and women are probably the most basic among the yoga supplies; these days, yoga clothing has become fashionable and even signature, but the most important aspect of yoga clothing, “comfortable and sweat absorbent”, should not be compromised as ease of yoga performance may depend on it.

Yoga Accessories
Yoga accessories compliment once yoga practice with yoga essential oils, yoga-inspired jewelry, meditation supplies, as well as yoga accessories such as serenity shawl, yoga beanie, yoga practice headband, yoga incense, and more.

Yoga Books and Media
These yoga supplies are also among the sought after, as an increasing number of people are more and more becoming interested in the practice of yoga and start out by reading books of yoga, as well as watching yoga DVD’s or listening to yoga CD’s.

Yoga supplies are as various as the different forms of yoga, and although some original practitioners of yoga may contradict the need for these yoga supplies in practicing yoga, it has been today’s trend and a thriving business as well.

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Yoga For Beginners – Yoga techniques on the loose

Yoga For Beginners – Yoga techniques on the loose

If you currently do yoga, or are considering indulging in it then you need to know these techniques. Yoga is a great way to maintain health in your life. You can do yoga about anywhere from home to with an instructor in the gym. But, you must know these techniques or you might not be maximizing your outcome from your yoga workouts.

If you are doing yoga, there are some yoga techniques you need to understand and apply. No one can run away and be free from major illnesses so the best way to get away with it is to exercise in order to maintain good health.

Yoga is considered to be the most effective way to stay fit and healthy. The best thing about it is you can have it at home or anywhere you want it. You also buy your time because you can do it any time of the day.

a lot of people prefer doing yoga to maintain a good and healthy life.

Fitness is important in doing yoga. Yoga techniques are helpful in maintaining good organs and other parts of the body such as the muscles, joints, glands, tissues and vital organs. These are the main focus of setting yoga techniques.

Here are some yoga techniques that you can practice during your yoga session. Despite your busy schedule or the crowed place you stay at, keeping up with these yoga techniques will help you go through it.

The five yoga techniques include: posture, relaxation, meditation, deep breathing and movement of joints. Each technique has its own role and function.

The movement of joints is called the ‘sandhichalana’. This is one of the yoga techniques that focus on the joints. The joints undergo full movements which include the movement of the hands, movement of the neck and the movement of the lower limb.

In relaxation, there are some yoga techniques that will deepen your concentration and prevent your attention to be drawn easily. Rather, now withdraw at all.

The Hong-Sau is a Yoga technique that helps and focuses on the latent powers of your concentration. This technique helps you to release thought and fight all distractions s that you can concentrate on the problem you are targeting. This helps you to develop Divine Consciousness which is from within.

The Aum Technique expands your awareness which is beyond the limitations that your body and mind creates. This helps you maintain a powerful meditation and gives you to personal experiences of what Divine consciousness brings.

There are some ancient yoga techniques that you can apply. Although there are a lot of yoga techniques to choose from, applying these techniques might nt be easy for you especially if you are a beginner.

In getting concentration during the yoga session, you can boost your awareness by thinking clearly of some creative ways on how you can be attentive in all situations. You should be able to figure out what makes you feel tense and how to release it.

After the heavy day of work, you should find new ways on how to stay peaceful and calm. Concentration is your best tool and guide.

The main objective of these yoga techniques is how to create your awareness for a satisfying relaxation. You should be able to find out how to effectively release the tension inside your body and where to release it. In order to do so, your mind, body and spirit should be at a high level.

Techniques are of course helpful but these are just a matter of front if you can’t apply it. The best way still is to have your own yoga techniques that will help you go through the process successfully.

Now that you know all that about yoga, you should get more out of your yoga workouts. These techniques are helpful, but it’s also great to have your own little twist on it, or your own techniques completely.

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Free online yoga – Is it safe?

Free online yoga – Is it safe?

Yoga nowadays is very in demand especially the newest free online free yoga. Yoga practice and exercise can be learned in school.

There are a lot of yoga schools all over the world. Before, yoga was only applied and practice in India but now, looks like it has evolved. Almost all the people in the world know the word yoga although there are some who don’t have a clear picture of it. Yoga for the many people is an exercise and a means to concentrate with the mind and soul.

It is a great advantage that free online yoga was offered to the people. They say that the web is the easiest way to gain, search and acquire knowledge. Almost everything is learned from the web and it is no wonder why the people get hooked on it.

Free online yoga chooses no one in particular. Everyone is a candidate in learning yoga. All you need to do is to have your own computer and get hooked on to it.

If you want to learn from the basics, the net has the resources on how to learn it the easy way. As long as you know how to understand and read, you are capable of learning yoga.

It is an amazing breakthrough that yoga is taught in the web. Free online yoga saves you from going to a yoga class. It saves your time, money and effort. Plus, you can freely do it at home without any one looking at you if that is what you prefer.

If you want to have the free online yoga, there are some certain requirements that you need.

Now you will wonder if free online yoga is really advantageous. If it is, then why are all the people going to schools and bringing their mats on their backpack if they can acquire it at home.

Of course not everybody has their own personal computer. If you have a computer, it’s as easy as connecting to the web and browsing the net.

There are a lot of web sites that offered free online yoga. You can search from a variety of sites and be sure not to leave off any.

Some sites that offer free online yoga will only ask you to register. You will just have to fill up some important information like your state address, name, age and gender. These information is important in giving you the information you need. The age is something they need to consider because not all practices are suitable for all ages. For example for the older ones, they cannot perform a lot of stretching and bending. This is important why you should fill up correct information.

In choosing the best site to have your online free yoga, you should make sure that the things they teach you are all correct because some yoga practices can lead to disaster and disorders.

There are some sites that do not really teach the right and recommended yoga. They just want to be part of the trend that is why they imitate the original sites. Practicing the wrong yoga poses and positions entail a lot of risk in your health. So this thing must be handled properly.

Although free online yoga is displayed on the net, it does not mean that you have to trust it easily.

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The Best Benefit Of Yoga- Efficiency In Work Is Yoga!

The Best Benefit Of Yoga- Efficiency In Work Is Yoga!

Sometimes, what a voluminous book cannot explain can be explained in a single sentence! It is true about yoga. Yoga is not a mere word; it is a vast subject with many dimensions.

The wise saying goes, “Yoga karmasu kaushalam!‘-which means, ‘Efficiency in work is yoga!”

What you do is not important. How you do what you do, is important!

Yoga also means union. What union? Whether union between the body and the mind? Or the mind with the spirit? The traditionally accepted belief (or truth, depending upon the level of your spiritual progression) is the union between the Jeevatman and the Paramatman– between one’s individual consciousness and the universal consciousness.

Yoga is a very vast subject. Attempting even an introduction in a small articles is an impossibility. Nevertheless, some important observations need to be understood when you speak of yoga.

Yoga has got something to do with the health of your physical body.

Yoga has got something to do with your mental health.

Yoga has something to do with your intellectual health.

Yoga has got everything to do with your spiritual being.

The ultimate stage can only be realized. No amount of assertions, explanations, and arguments and counter arguments can take you up there. The domain of silence can only be achieved through silence!

Yoga is intensely linked to breathing. It is about channeling the energy through breath. Another intimate alley of yoga is meditation. You can not think of yoga without understanding at least some of the basic techniques of meditation! Spiritual appreciation as to the nature of the human body, who controls it all of the time, is absolutely essential for proper understanding of various practices that make the science of yoga.

A word about Karma Yoga. The fundamental principle Karma Yoga is, “Do your duty and do not ask for the reward.” What youngster of the modern generation would accept this principle? If I do my duty, I must get the reward! Aren’t there people who don’t do any work and still get the reward.

The word yoga makes its entry at this level of thinking of an individual. The correct interpretation of this principle of yoga is that ‘do your duty but don’t ask for the reward’ You will get the right reward, at the right moment!’

‘Every action has a reaction and the intensity of the reaction is in proportion to the intensity of the action.’ Over this the scientists and the spiritualists agree! One of the rare agreements between the two contending forces. Normally opposing forces! If you agree on this, don’t you think that it is necessary for you to agree that your every action, good or bad, will be rewarded as per the proportion it deserves?