“Hear me out, don’t run away screaming: “Yoga is for soccer moms and guys who want me to sit in circle playing bongos”. The truth is, it’s not. Yoga may have gotten that rap over the past few years, but to be cliche “Don’t knock it till you try it.”. Chances are you may be already doing some yoga moves in your Mobility work, Pigeon Stretch (aka Pigeon Pose), child’s pose, cobra stretches and so on all have their roots in Yoga.
There’s a wide variety of Yoga methods out there and you’ll want to find one that meets your particular interest. Personally, I have no interest in Bikram Yoga, otherwise known as “Hot Yoga” (see below for more information), but that may be right up you’re alley. Here’s a quick list of five of the more popular types of Yoga and their purpose & benefits.
Hatha Yoga
Hatha originated in India in the 15th century. This type of yoga is slow-paced, gentle, and focused on breathing and meditation.
Purpose: To introduce beginners to yoga with basic poses and relaxation techniques
Benefits: Relieves stress, provides physical exercise, and improves breathing
Is It For You?: Beginners and people wanting to learn the basics of yoga” Continued…