Yoga is one of the most widespread among all alternative types of exercises to hit the shores, discarding many of its links in the area of New Age lifestyle and forcing its way into mainstream as an alternative form of low-impact exercises. What then is yoga, where does it hail from and how it can make you fit and healthy. Let get into a discussion on this type of practices and what you can gain from it.
The birth of yoga
The birth of yoga as a type of exercises that we are familiar with started with hatha yoga, which can be traced back to India, around the 15th century. This type of exercises was intense to get the body in right condition for extended period of mediation by subjecting your body to rigorous training. This is a big contrast from other type of yoga which normally do not involve physicality but merely as values, belief and way of life. Hatha yoga was initially a divine and religious observance but the physical part makes it a great workouts.
If you have observed people contorting their body into various postures during yoga exercises, then this type of yoga is known as asanas. The practitioners might contort their body into impossible position and you can squirm just looking at them but that is how asanas is meant to do to achieve total relaxation. Besides, the idea of some poses are actually very simplistic, such as the Tadasana pose, implying mountain, is just a standing up straight pose. Slowly you will be able to contort your body into improbable position but stick to the few simple steps for beginner. By going through the easy poses, you can achieve much needed strength, being in command of and suppleness to your body.
Control your Breath in Yoga
Yoga practiced in the western countries concentrate mainly on the physical side and the type of yoga is known as asanas while pranayama or achieving control with the breath is essential to yoga practice to achieve total body health. The control of your breath is relevant to your practices as oxygen gives life. With a good instructor, he/she can help you to achieve proper control of your breath, which in turn alleviate stress and energized your body.
Meditation in Yoga
Yoga originates from India and was initially a form of religious or philosophical observation of which mediation that is practiced can exist with western religions. Through practicing this form of yoga, it can soothe the mind and the ideas can have relevant to your personal religion or just a quiet reflection on life, how you spend the day or it could be whatever thing that crosses your mind. Yoga is a complete mind, body practices, so keep a date.