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Yoga And Its Benefits
When people hear the word “yoga”, they think it’s all about stretching and breathing but in reality it’s much more complex. It is actually identified with body alignment. Yoga is definitely not about sitting on the floor and twisting the body. It consists of several different asanas also known as poses, which calm and relax the entire body. Yoga is an eight limbed path that includes moral codes (yama), self-discipline (niyama), postures (asana), breath practices (pranayama), sensory transcendence (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and state of bliss (samadhi).
Some people find yoga addictive and a powerful substitute for negative habits, others think it’s something devine. It can be said that yoga techniques whether originated out of trial and error or inspiration, it somehow substitutes for the kind of activities humans must have adopted while living in their arboreal lives. It is safe to say that if people still lived around trees then 70 to 90 percent of them would avoid falling prey to head, back and neck pain.
A human body is made up of three components which are - the body, mind and soul. To treat the body well and maintain harmony between the three one needs good health which is a physical need, knowledge which is our psychological need and inner peace which is our spiritual need.
The aim of yoga is to create compassion and a deep sense of unity with all forms of life. Yoga has social implications. People who practise yoga regularly deal with the world in a much calmer and reasonable way as opposed to people who don’t. It gives us relief from countless ailments. The asanas strengthen the body and create a feeling of deep satisfaction. It improves our concentration and boosts our intellect. It also keeps you emotionally stable. When you practice pranayama (breathing practices), it helps you calm the mind, makes you aware of your being and gives you the ability to be still. Yoga develops self - discipline and self awareness which helps in the evolution of an individual. The practise of yoga promotes mental health. Most people feel more mental ease and relaxation through the practice of yoga.
Yoga is also very beneficial for people who are into sports. It enhances the regular training exercises. It develops concentration, strength, flexibility, range of motion, improves cardiovascular health and reduces stress and anxiety. This in turn improves the athlete's performance.
Nowadays most of the studios and gyms offer yoga classes which are open to all generations according to their fitness level. It is very thrilling to enter a room full of people from different age groups and walks of life who are there for the same purpose. Everyone feels a sense of acceptance in a yoga class, unlike other sports or classes that focus on a particular niche. Yoga accepts all with open arms.
There are various styles of yoga and no style is more authentic or superior to the other. The key is to select a class appropriate for your fitness level and lifestyle. For eg, hot yoga, power yoga, relaxation yoga etc. Whether you want to practise at home while watching a dvd, or a private lesson or at a studio/gym, there are several options available to you to suit your comfort and needs.
Yoga has a style for you irrespective of your health history, fitness level or fat percentage. If you are a beginner, you should practise hatha yoga which focuses on basic postures at a comfortable pace. For the ones who want to increase strength, power yoga is best suited. Power yoga uses isometric exercises which is one of the best ways to increase core strength. Isometric come from the words “same” and “length” which means holding one position without moving. These exercises are designed to make the core and the back stronger. It is very important to train the core of your body since that is where balance and flexibility stems from. By training your core, you can increase the strength and health of your entire body.
If you are ready for a more intense practise, hot yoga (also known as bikrama) is what you should go for. During hot yoga room temperature is set around 105 degrees fahrenheit which results in a greater release of toxins from the body in the form of sweat.
To be able to perform yoga comfortably one must pick the right clothing. The top priority for picking out clothes for your yoga session should be comfort. For should go for the clothes that are stretchable and which snug to the body so that the movements are easily visible and can be monitored by you and your instructor. Avoid wearing clothes that are loose on the body because that will restrict your movement.
It is also a better option to wear layers which can easily be removed since it takes time to warm up when you’re doing yoga especially in cold weather. For eg, a sports bra and tank top/t-shirt that you can take off if you feel too warm works just fine. Layers help increase your core temperature faster, loosen the muscles and prevent chills during relaxation.
Red Cheri provides activewear especially designed to fit the needs of yoga in various colors and styles. The yoga pants have a 4-way stretch and which will enhance your practice. The leggings/tights that are offered have the advantage that they will keep you aware about your body so you hold your position better. Red Cheri tank tops, t-shirts and sports bras are an example of a fabric that not only breathes well but is also soft against the skin and gives antibacterial protection to prevent bad odour. It does not cause any friction. While it is completely comfortable it is also fashionable and makes the session more exciting and fun.
We can't emphasize enough on how important it is to get the right kind of clothes not just for safety, but also to get the most out of your session by being able to perform the poses/asanas without clothes being a hindrance. Just like any other physically demanding activity, the right workout gear for yoga makes a huge difference. Have fun with your yoga wardrobe.