Basic about yoga

Basic about yoga

What is yoga? How does it work

Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.

In 5,000 years of yoga history, the term “yoga” has gone through a renaissance. But the basics never change. All yogic practices essentially have to contain the 8 commandments of YOGA namely, Yama (Dont’s), Niyama (Dos), Asana (Postures), Pranayama (Prolonged breathing), Pratyahara (Withdrawal from senses), Dharana (Concentration), Dhayna (Meditation), Samadhi (Eternal Bliss).


Hatha yoga: a generic term for any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. When a class is labeled as hatha (Force), it is usually a gentle introduction to the basic yoga postures. Beginners are preferred in this class.

Iyengar yoga: focused on finding the proper alignment in each pose and using props such as blocks, blankets, straps, chairs and bolsters to do so. Preferred for students keen to master advanced asanas.

Prenatal yoga: yoga postures carefully adapted for people who are pregnant. Prenatal yoga is tailored to help people in all stages of pregnancy and can support people in getting back into shape after pregnancy.

Ashtanga yoga: based on ancient yoga teachings but popularized in the 1970s, each of the six established sequences of postures rapidly links every movement to breathe. Popular under the name of Shri Pattabhi Jois, this sequence is only for intermediate level.

Power yoga: an active and athletic style of yoga adapted from the traditional Ashtanga system in the late 1980s. Mostly preferred for weight loss & strength building.

Restorative yoga: a relaxing method of yoga, spending a class in four or five simple poses using props like blankets and bolsters to sink into deep relaxation without exerting any effort in holding the pose.

Bikram yoga: held in artificially heated rooms at temperatures of nearly 105 degrees and 40% humidity, Bikram is a series of 26 poses and sequence of two breathing exercises. Preferred for sweating and weight loss.

Sivananda: A system based on a five-point philosophy that holds that proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking work together to form a healthy yogic lifestyle. Typically uses the same 12 basic asanas, bookended by sun salutations and savasana poses.

Therapy yoga: For treatment of specific ailments like back pain, thyroid problems, obesity, PCOD, Acidity,  Arthritis, BP, Diabetes and much more

Health benefits of yoga.


Scientific trials of varying quality have been published on the health benefits and medical uses of yoga. Studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity and enhance strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga practice has also shown benefit in specific medical conditions,  and

its potential benefits as a technique for relieving stress and coping with chronic conditions or disabilities, as well as investigating its potential to help prevent, heal, or alleviate specific conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, symptoms of menopause, anxiety , depression, arthritis, asthma, COPD, Alzheimer’s disease, back pain, menopause, migraine, sleep disorders, urinary incontinence, weight management  etc

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