Introduction to Yoga for Naïve

Yoga is growing popular around the world and many are joining the global Yoga family every day. Different yogic styles of practice are giving a significant impact to all the yogic aspirants in its own way. Among those different styles, to name few, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga are becoming the most practiced around the world. So to introduce these styles to a Naïve is the major goal of this article.

Hatha Yoga:

According to one of the yoga teacher, the word hatha means willful or forceful.Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation.

Ashtanga Yoga:

Explaining to a query of a yogic aspirant a yogi replies by explain Ashtanga as a term that comes from the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, where it refers to classical yoga’s eight (ashta)-limb (anga) practice. In America,Ashtanga Yoga most often refers to the system taught by Indian yoga master K. PattabhiJois. Sometimes called Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Jois’s Ashtanga comprises a precise series of poses done in sequential order, linked together with the breath. The practice that Jois teaches is detailed in an ancient Sanskrit text called the Yoga Kurunta, which was rediscovered early in this century by T. Krishnamacharya. Jois studied with Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India.

There are also a set of more physical paradigms within the eight Ashtanga yoga concepts. Beginners in Ashtanga yoga may work progressively on taking deliberate, slow breaths and focusing their five senses to really benefit from this kind of meditation.Traditional proponents of Ashtanga yoga also mention an overall principle called asana that refers to a general kind of mental stability that some say is needed to practice Ashtanga yoga disciplines. In accounts of this basic pursuit, Ashtanga yoga enthusiasts refer to vinyasa ( also known as breathing) and tristhana (also known as posture) as the two “pillars” needed for successful achievement of asana.

Vinyasa Yoga:

Derived from hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga differs in some important ways from its predecessor. Vinyassa yoga is often faster paced, and the assanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath. Much emphasis is placed on the breath and the transition in and out of the assanas. Generally speaking, upward movements correlate with inhalations of the breath, and downward movements with exhalations. The routine practice of vinyasa yoga can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress.

Vinyasa yoga offers much diversity. The pace can vary and there is no one particular sequence that instructors must follow. In fact, the name vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that translates as “variations within parameters.” This flexibility allows the teacher to tailor the sequences to their own philosophy. So, if one class doesn’t work for you, try another, until you find one that you are comfortable with.

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