What is Yoga?
Yoga is both a modern fitness activity and an ancient holistic practice which takes care of our physical, mental and emotional aspects.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga offers a multitude of benefits from inside-out for everyone. It can improve the circulatory system, function of internal organs, boost energy and libido, improve concentration and more. Aesthetically, it can improve posture and gait, bring a glow to the skin and impart an overall sense of wellness. It can also offer therapeutic relief from chronic ailments for those who are ailing.
Yoga also helps you get stronger, more flexible whilst improving your balance. Postures requiring you to hold your own body weight encourages the growth of muscles and strengthening of bones. Whilst stretching and twisting the body into a variety of postures, practitioners try to maintain a slow and controlled breathing. This directly impacts the nervous system, reducing physical and psychological stress, tension and anxiety. As stress levels are gradually reduced through physical exercises and breath awareness, internal mental chatter ceases and the mind quiets. Negative thoughts and feelings transform into positivity and a sense of well-being. No wonder then, that yoga increases mindfulness and focus.
There are a number of “styles” of yoga, each having its distinguishing elements. If you are new to yoga, the variety of classes can be mind boggling. Here is a simple guide on some of the most popular yoga classes:
Suitable for beginners as the pace is usually slower, allowing the practitioner more time in each posture to get familiarised. Start with basic or beginner level Hatha classes if you are new to yoga.
Bikram Hot Yoga
A form of Hatha Yoga following a fixed sequence and dialogue, conducted in 40 degree Celsius heat. An intense yet accessible practice for all levels widely known for its efficiency in delivering therapeutic benefits.
Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga in a studio usually set to 35-38 degress Celsius heat. Classes may vary widely.
Usually more intensive and dynamic, requiring coordination between breath and movement.
Similar to Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga usually follows a set sequence.
An athletic and intense practice derived from Ashtanga Yoga.
A form of Hatha Yoga, with emphasis on usage of props such as blocks, strap, rope or wheel.
A slow class with fewer postures held for a longer time. Supported by props with emphasis on relaxation and rest.
A slow class with long holds and an emphasis on muscle relaxation and moderate passive stretching of the connective tissues.
For people with specific conditions such as physical injury, pain or mental and emotional stress or trauma. Best experienced as a one on one session for individual ailments.
Incorporating use of essential oils during practice, breathing exercises and chakra meditations.