Yoga

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With thousands of Yoga studios worldwide listed on Spafinder.com, any yoga buff will have no trouble finding a studio where they can take Yoga classes.

What is Yoga?

Originating in ancient India, the word yoga means to unite or to join, and in yoga, we unite our minds and our bodies through breath. Most Western yoga derives from hatha, one of the six major branches of yoga. Traditional hatha yoga consists of asanas (physical postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises). Classes vary as to which poses are featured. With over 100 yoga poses, it's no wonder yogis never get bored. Like many calming spa treatments, yoga is a discipline that utilizes the mind-body connection to reduce stress, increase flexibility and enhance well-being.

Spas and fitness centers offer a number of yoga modalities, ranging from kundalini, which incorporates mantras and meditation, to the strength-enhancing power yoga. Guests are encouraged to wear non-constrictive clothing during classes and to refrain from eating before taking a yoga class. Be sure to register for classes that suit your current experience and fitness level.


Benefits of Yoga

Through various yoga modalities ranging from kundalini, which incorporates mantras and meditation, to the strength-enhancing power yoga, yoga has many healthful benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Beyond improving flexibility, strength and balance, yoga is a discipline that utilizes the mind-body connection to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. Spas and fitness centers offer a wide variety of yoga workouts.


Types of Yoga

Bikram Yoga

Bikram is known for its healing benefits and for its ability to train and calm the mind. The practice was developed to target every cell of the body, creating a revitalized, strong, lean, balanced and healthier body. The purpose of the heated room is to help deepen stretching and prevent injury, while also reducing stress and tension. Bikram claims that this form of yoga has the potential to restore health to all parts of the body, inside and out, targeting muscles, joints and internal organs, from the lungs and digestive system to the lymphatic and immune systems.

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Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga as a whole attempts to achieve a balance between the body and the mind, and helps practitioners to recognize their hidden physical and mental potentials. Pranayama is incorporated to open energy channels and improve oxygenation of the body, which can help with stress, anxiety and depression, while the asanas strengthen the body and improve flexibility, which can translate to tension relief for many. Some of the poses also claim to massage the internal organs, bringing balance to internal functions and helping to prevent diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and hypertension.

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Iyengar Yoga

B.K.S. Iyengar organized over 200 classical asanas and 14 types of Pranayama from amateur to advanced. The progression is designed so students will work on perfecting simple poses and strengthening the body before effectively and safely progressing to more difficult ones. Poses focus on correct body alignment and precision is ensured with the use of props such as wooden blocks, belts, chairs and more. Those who suffer from chronic pain, ailments and certain disorders will be able to enjoy this style of yoga, which can be adjusted based on individual needs and has been found to be helpful in conjunction with physical therapy due to its focus on flexibility and control.

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Kundalini Yoga

As with any spiritual practice, the benefits are said to include increased awareness of presence, whether it be through heightened senses, energy levels, and/or state of mind. The goal is an increased sense of enlightenment, and it is said that physical strength and health can potentially be affected as well. Kundalini yoga provides a more spiritual experience than most other yoga types. Be prepared for a variation of breathing techniques of different intensities, mudras, chanting, meditations and kriya, an orchestrated sequence of movements/poses, all of which are designed to help you tune into and become fully "aware" of body and mind in preparation for the awakening of the seven chakras.

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