The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj which means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach”. Yoga is a practice that unites body with mind, breath, and spirit. In yoga, this union occurs when we combine physical posture with mindful breathing, meditation, and deep relaxation.

By practicing yoga your body and breath come to a sync, which gives more awareness about your physical body and thus attaining a deeper connection to ourselves.

A good yoga practice comprises of :

  • Full body warm-ups
  • Strengthening
  • Balancing
  • Stretching
  • Breathing
  • Relaxing

If you combine these components in your daily yoga routine, the results will be amazing.

Why yoga?

Yoga is a holistic approach. In yoga, we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath.

Asanas in yoga work on your whole body in so many ways. It improves

  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Muscular strength
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Stamina
  • Energy
  • Self-awareness
  • Mood

Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind. People practicing yoga experience healthier, happier living with reduced anxiety, increased tolerance and mindfulness.

Types and styles of yoga

Ashtanga yoga

based on ancient yoga teachings but popularized in the 1970s, Six established and strenuous pose and each series of postures rapidly links every movement to breath. Ashtangis moves from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale.

Bikram yoga

Bikram features yoga postures in a sauna-like room. It is held in artificially heated rooms at temperatures of nearly 105 degrees and 40% humidity, It consists of a series of 26 yoga poses, each performed twice.

Hatha yoga

it is any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. When a class is labeled as “hatha,” it is usually a basic and classical approach to yogic breathing exercises and postures.

Iyengar yoga

focused on finding the proper alignment in each pose and using props such as blocks, blankets, straps, chairs and bolsters to do so.

Jivamukti yoga

Jivamukti yoga emerged in 1984,  has the meaning, “liberation while living,”.It incorporates spiritual teachings and vinyasa style practice. Each class has a theme, and consists of chanting, meditation, asana, pranayama, and music, and can be physically intense.

Kripalu yoga

In a Kripalu class, you practice- how to get to know, accept and learn from the body. In a Kripalu class, each student learns to find their own level of practice on a given day by listening, looking inwards and letting your body be the teacher. The pattern of a Kripalu class usually consists of breathing exercises and gentle stretches, followed by a series of individual poses and final relaxation.

Kundalini yoga

the Sanskrit word kundalini means coiled, like a snake. Kundalini yoga is a system that helps the practitioner to awaken and release the kundalini energy in your body. A class features constantly moving, invigorating poses designed to create a specific outcome.

Power yoga

an active style of yoga adapted from the traditional Ashtanga style. Power yoga does not follow the same sequence of poses each time like ashtanga does, the style varies depending on one who teaches.

Sivananda

based on a five-point philosophy – proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking works hand in hand to form a healthy yogic lifestyle. Consists of the same 12 basic asanas, bookended by sun salutations and savasana poses.

Viniyoga

meant to be adaptable to any person, regardless of physical ability. Viniyoga uses the principles of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). PNF means warming up and contracting a muscle before stretching it.Viniyoga teachers should be highly trained and must be experts in anatomy and yoga therapy.

Yin

It is also called Taoist yoga and is a quiet, meditative long yoga practice. Yin yoga allows the release of tension in key joints like ankles, knees, neck etc. In Yin Yoga, the focus is on lengthening connective tissues and poses are carried out so that the muscles should be relaxed while gravity does the work.

Prenatal yoga

yoga postures adapted for pregnancy. Prenatal yoga is specially tailored to help people in all stages of pregnancy and also support post-pregnancy to get back in shape.

Restorative yoga

a relaxing method of yoga, Just four or five simple poses in each class and uses props like blankets and bolsters to sink into the deep relaxation.No need to exert or put the effort in holding the pose. Just simply relax.