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How the Diverse Practices of Yoga Can Benefit You
By Danna Norek

Those who have tried yoga and discovered it's incredible healing, calming and anxiety-reducing benefits can tell you from experience how therapeutic it can be. Many try yoga and never go back to traditional exercise, because they find they can get just as good a workout through the various yoga practices, as well as simultaneously improve their flexibility.

What many people don't realize about yoga is that it is a totally adaptable practice. There are good levels of practice for beginners and people who really only need to work on flexibility. There are also good yoga practice types for those who want more of a dynamic, aerobic workout as well.

For the novice who wants to learn the basics about yoga and lay a foundation for the basic poses in more advanced practices, Hatha is a good choice. Hatha is considered the foundation of all other yoga practices since you learn the ground level poses which the more advanced dynamic poses are built upon.

In Hatha yoga, proper breathing technique is emphasized, and slow, deliberate movements help to prime the body and ease the joints, muscles and the mind into the practice and beyond.

Another type of yoga, called Kundalini is a bit more involved and may be best for advanced students. In Kundalini, the movements and the breathing are built around a focus on the spine as the center. Also, changing and meditating are incorporated, making it more of a peace-inducing practice for those looking to be comforted by serenity and peace.

Kundalini is a great practice for those that feel they can never "quiet" their mind and live in the moment, or who have a hectic job or lifestyle that needs to be counteracted periodically.

Now, for the real movers and shakers, don't think there isn't a yoga practice for you. The Ashtanga form of yoga is one that is very dynamic and a good choice for those seeking more of an aerobically challenging workout. It involves almost constant movement, flowing in and out of yoga poses that range from basic to challenging.

The key is, you are always moving, and always burning calories. And you will feel out of breath at times and very challenged in a cardiovascular way. Those that don't think of yoga as a challenging exercise would almost certainly change that mindset after trying this modality.

Ashtanga is great for you because it builds up the lung's ability to process oxygen, increases physical endurance, tones muscles and is great for building a strong, lean physique. It is not for beginners though, and so you must have a solid base in yoga practice before trying this physically challenging practice. You can certainly build up to it once you have the basic moves down.

If physically taxing is what a person has in mind, then surely Bikram yoga will not disappoint. Bikram is also commonly called "hot yoga", and that is because it is performed under the extra challenge of hot temperatures. This discipline is carried out in rooms that are anywhere from ninety five to one hundred degrees Fahrenheit, and believe me, you will be pouring sweat during and after your sessions.

The idea behind the high temperature is that the muscles are more flexible, more "pliable", and therefore more conducive to bending and stretching without injury. You may find that after a physically challenging Bikram yoga session, you won't experience much soreness the next day.

That's because your muscles were essentially manually warmed by the high temperatures. The beauty of Bikram yoga is that it also may have benefits for toxin release since one typically sweats profusely during practice. Adequate water intake is vital for this reason. Purified water helps your body to expel those toxins more quickly and effectively.

Yoga has evolved over the years into a practice that can fit into anyone's physical exercise routines. It is the perfect way to bring your body in tune with its natural harmony, encourage peace of mind, and increase your confidence, stamina and overall ability to manage stress and adversity.

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