20 minute home yoga workout video! Great for beginners in yoga. You don’t need any equipment.

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About Yoga

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which come from ancient India more than 5,000 years ago. The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is typically translated as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.

There is no written record of who invented yoga because it was practiced by yogis long before any written account. Yogis over the centuries passed down the discipline to their students, and various schools of yoga established as it spread. The earliest written record of yoga is usually believed to have been written by Patanjali, an Indian yogic sage who lived somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 years ago. Patanjali is credited with writing the Yoga Sutras (sutra means “thread” in Sanskrit), which are the principles, philosophy, and practices of yoga that are still followed today.

Yoga is an approach to life that values appropriate effort, based on balance and harmony, within each person and with each other. In the last few years there have been a growing number of well designed research studies into the health benefits of yoga. These show that the practice of yoga is safe, useful and very cost effective for a wide range of conditions and life-stages. The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible, it also improves the performance of the breathing, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind.

There is are many different branches of yoga – each branch has unique characteristics and represents a particular approach to life. A few of pupular branches are:

Ashtanga Yoga is physically demanding as it includes synchronizing breathing with progressive and continuous series of postures-a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The outcome is enhanced circulation, flexibility, stamina, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Ashtanga is an athletic yoga practice and is not for newbies.

Bikram Yoga is the method of yoga that is a comprehensive workout that includes all the elements of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular flexibility and weight loss. One of the unusual but most beneficial aspects of Bikram’s yoga is that it is ideally practiced in a room heated to 40 ° C temperature which promotes more flexibility, detoxification, and prevention of injuries.

Hatha yoga is an easy-to-learn basic type of yoga. It incorporates Asanas (postures), Pranayama (controlled breathing), meditation (Dharana & Dhyana) and kundalini (Laya Yoga) into a complete system that can be used to accomplish enlightenment or self-realization. It has become very popular in America as source of workout and stress management.

Iyengar Yoga promotes strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance through coordinated breathing and poses that require accurate body positioning. The poses are usually held longer than in other styles of yoga. In Iyengar, you slowly move into a pose, hold it for a minute or two, and after that rest for a couple of breaths before stretching into another.

Kundalini Yoga is more spiritual and philosophical in approach than other styles of yoga. Kundalini yoga classes include meditation, breathing techniques, and chanting as well as yoga postures.

Prenatal yoga is customized to help women in all phases of pregnancy, even those getting back in shape post-birth. When you keep your muscles strong through your term, they will still have the strength and energy to return to normal.

Restorative yoga is one in which you will work less and relax more.

Viniyoga is a highly personalized practice in which yogis learn how to adapt poses and goals to their own needs and abilities. It is frequently used as a therapeutic practice for individuals who have suffered injuries or are recovering from surgical treatment. It is a gentle, healing practice that is customized to each individual’s body type and needs as they grow and change.

Yin yoga is a peaceful, meditative yoga practice, also called taoist yoga. Yin Yoga works the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones. A significant characteristic is the long held, passive nature of the postures.