An Intro to Yoga
Ok, so you might not actually want to be a future yogi. I’ve recently started practicing and I have fallen in love. T
Now I will admit I have what some would call an obsessive personality. When I find things that I love whether it be movies, tv shows, food, exercise, I dive right in and I want to learn everything about it.
Forms of yoga
There are many forms of yoga. Some are more active than others and focus on different areas of the practice. The most basic and encompassing forms of yoga are Hatha and Iyengar. They are really good for beginners because it focuses on the physical movements as well as the all-important breathing aspect. Kundalini yoga is for the more experienced and spiritual yogi. It focuses on the core and meditation. Ashtanga and Vinyasa forms of yoga are very fast paced and involved where the individuals must have some background knowledge in yoga and know sequences. Yin and restorative yoga are also great for beginners because they are slower paced. You hold fewer poses for longer periods of time while focusing on meditation. Jivamukti yoga is a form
One of the main functions behind yoga is the alignment of the body and finding an internal connection to yourself. This is done by paying attention to your chakras, or points in your body where energy flow connects. You align these chakras to improve the flow by doing certain poses.
At the pelvic area, this one is related to sexuality, desires, and sensations, and is connected to the water element. When out of balance, you can feel emotionally unstable and become hard on yourself. Poses to align the chakra are the goddess and warrior 2.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura, in the
lso called Anahata, is related to all things love and is related to the air element. When flow to this one is blocked you become possessive and may form dysfunctional relationships. A pose to fix this one is Camel.
Vishuddha is connected to expression and communication and is related to the Ether element. when affected, you may feel as though you cannot voice your thoughts and opinions or be the opposite and be more talkative than usual. Poses to open this chakra are Bridge and supported shoulder stand.
My favorite chakra,