Yoga For Everyone



 

Yoga is amazing. You must be saying right now, “That’s what everybody says.” But it truly is. Simply put, yoga is great for your mind and body. A session of yoga completely rejuvenates you. There are classes designed for pregnant women, people who love to run and for senior citizens. Yoga is for all ages and abilities. Yoga is the perfect start to a fitness regime. It has many styles and is the perfect first step for people who are unfit.

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How Expensive is It?

The core principle of yoga is flexibility, and if there were no cheap options it would not really live up to its claim of flexibility. Once you learn Yoga you can practice it anywhere, be it the park or the beach. No need for expensive equipment or a gym membership.


Let’s Get Started

Over the years, Yoga classes have become commonly taught in leisure centers, health clubs, schools and even hospitals. But it is always better to learn from a qualified teacher. A qualified yoga teacher will ensure you stay injury free. Improper postures could at bare minimum cause strains and muscle pull and in the worst case possible, could lead to you arranging an orthopedic appointment.

Yoga classes can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. The only thing you need for a yoga class is a mat. And in your first class, you might be able to get away with borrowing one. Before day one of yoga class, you should talk to your yoga teacher. This is to ensure that you and your yoga teacher are on the same page, especially about what are your motivations for joining a yoga class. Is it for overall fitness or to help you control an ailment like bipolar disorder? This way you will be able to get the most out of your yoga class.


Different Styles of Yoga

As mentioned before, yoga is for everyone. Yoga has many styles and each style has its own benefits.  It is important to mention that it is not a competition. No one style is necessarily better or more authentic than any other.

Let us discuss some of the well-known yoga styles:

  • Hatha Yoga covers all types of physical yoga. This style places an emphasis on postures with breathing and relaxation. Hatha Yoga is aimed at all ages and levels of mobility. The actual session involves slow-paced stretching along with simple breathing exercises and meditation.
  • Ashtanga Yoga is for those looking for a challenging workout. This style was developed by Sri K. Patattabhi and meant for more athletic types. This style employs a dynamic sequence of 75 poses with a focus on breathing. These poses result in improved circulation leading to a stronger body and a calmer mind.
  • Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision and focuses on postural alignment. Iyengar Yoga’s purpose is to systemically increase your strength, flexibility, and stability. It can prove to be therapeutic for specific conditions.
  • Bikram Yoga is one that can be managed by beginners, while still being challenging. Bikram Yoga is done in a 40-degree heat environment. The point is to the “rinse” the body’s organs. To achieve this, you will have to do a sequence of 26 yoga poses that stretch and strengthen the muscles.

Yoga For Those With Limited Mobility



The above styles are mainstream yoga styles which most people can do. However, there are people who have mobility issues. For them, there are specific yoga classes.

For example, there is pregnancy yoga. Pregnancy yoga classes bring many benefits. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques which will help you to reduce aches and pains and at the same time improve sleep quality. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Pregnancy yoga classes can be started from the 12th week of pregnancy and can be continued till the time you give birth.

Beside pregnancy yoga, there is also “Chair Yoga”. This is a more general form aimed at all those who have limited mobility and want to increase it without doing exercises that involve getting on the floor. These classes are great for senior citizens, people new to exercise or those who have some form of learning or mobility difficulties. These exercises are also great for people who have osteoarthritis, though they should get their doctor’s approval before joining a yoga class.

Exercises include seated stretches along with the breathing and relaxation exercises.


Yoga as Alternative Treatment

Yoga has over time proven that it has a profound effect on wellness. Yoga is often prescribed as an alternative treatment for many ailments. However, it is important to remember that in no way should you consider it as a replacement for your prescribed medicines.

For example, yoga is highly recommended for bipolar patients. Bipolar patients who practice yoga say that it helps them greatly in managing their condition. Yoga is very reflective and helps people in gaining greater control over their emotions. After practicing yoga regularly people find that they are better able to manage stress. Yoga is not just physical exercise. Each poses that you do not only challenges your muscles but also your brain. In short, as you strengthen your body so you can attain that hourglass figure, you are strengthening your mind, learning greater discipline.

And that is why yoga is often touted as an alternative treatment. Yoga helps you achieve bettering coping and management, which are some of the first steps on the road to recovery.


Will I Get Judged In a Fitness Class?

We will conclude by saying that yoga is non-judgemental. If anyone is there to judge, they are not practicing yoga. Do not worry about being the most unfit person there or the most overweight. Do not fret about your yoga pants climbing up or your hair getting ruffled. One of the purposes of yoga is self-improvement. And anyone who indulges in self-improvement should remember that they are beautiful.


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