I’m sure you’ve heard about yoga and the benefits of it, but aren’t sure where to begin..
Everyone has been in the same position, myself included, so don’t worry!
After transitioning to a plant-based diet, I started finding myself searching for mindfulness more. As I started opening my mind to new states of “being”, I wanted to explore it more and more.
This is where my love for yoga and meditating was born!
This post is going to help you understand what yoga is, and show you a few different types of yoga that you can start practicing TODAY!
But before we start, lets first clear up what yoga is..
What is yoga?
Yoga is widely practiced for health and relaxation. It’s a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline that includes simple meditation, breath control and the adoption of specific bodily postures.
I’ve learned to love and enjoy yoga, very much.
Towards the end of 2017, I found myself embracing this practice. After realizing the physical and mental healing properties of yoga, I started practicing more often.
I still consider myself a beginner yogi. With only 5 months of practice at the time of typing this post, I feel as if I’m still in the infancy stage of yoga.
For the people who are just getting started, I understand how difficult it is to figure out what exactly you want to do. With a LOT to learn about this meditative practice, people often shy themselves away from taking their first step.
This is why I’m going to be explaining three basic forms of yoga that you can pick up TODAY!
1) Hatha Yoga
This form of yoga is all about the basics, with slow movements that require you to hold each pose for deep breaths. “Hatha” is a practice of the body and refers to any yoga that teaches physical postures.
In a sense, all yoga is hatha yoga. This form is just a slower pace than other forms, which makes it perfect for beginners that’re trying to find rhythm with their physical body.
You can do hatha yoga with any movement that you’d like. In this form of yoga, you’re main goal is to get in tune with your physical posture as you control your breathing.
2) Restorative Yoga
This form of yoga is very simple as well. Restorative yoga is a slow-moving practice with longer holds that let our bodies enact our parasympathetic nervous system, allowing us to reach a deeper state of relaxation.
Everyone is able to do restorative yoga, especially if you’re someone who’s wanting to “slow down” and relax into a deeper state of consciousness. This form of yoga can help people who have anxiety and insomnia, and works wonders for our bodies on recovery days.
3) Yin Yoga
This form of yoga is my personal favorite. Yin yoga is all about finding balance in our body and mind.
When I want to reach a state of zen, I’ll perform calming yin yoga movements. These movements include poses that are held for minutes at a time in effort to target our deeper connective tissues and fascia. By targeting this tissue, you’re giving your body a chance to restore length and elasticity.
This is my default form of yoga. I love stretching out and clearing my mind after a hard workout. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with holding strenuous stretches. I have done this before and it doesn’t turn out too well.
With that being said, slowly work into holding your particular positions for long periods of time because, without knowing it, you can strain a muscle or ligament.
Now, you can take this tid-bit of information and do some research on your own to see what fits you best.
Once you figure it out, you can youtube a guided yoga session of your liking.
No matter what you do, don’t over-complicate practicing yoga. It’s simply a practice that allows us to tap into a deeper state of consciousness for those who are in need of relaxation and restored health.
I hope this post helped you understand more about the soul purpose of yoga. With SO much to learn, this is merely a start.
Best of luck! I’m always here if you need any help 😉
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