Yoga & Meditation

Yoga works to energize the body and calm the mind. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means “to unite” the spirit and physical body together. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines. It is great for all ages and can be a great practice for seniors since it can be modified to suit all fitness levels. Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure as well as increase strength and flexibility. It can also be helpful for those with limited mobility, as well as those who are suffering from back pain or are recovering from illness and injury.

Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind to induce a state of greater consciousness. It refers to a broad variety of techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion. Meditation aims at effortlessly sustained concentration, generating a strong sense of well-being in an individual.

General Facts about Yoga and Meditation:

  • Yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing and meditation
  • Top athletes incorporate yoga stretches and poses into their training programs for the physical effects as well as the meditative benefits
  • According to a Yoga Journal-produced study, there are 20.4 million Americans practising yoga
  • Yoga exercises are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health
  • Breathing techniques are based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body

Benefits of Yoga & Meditation:

  • Lowering stress and anxiety levels
  • Increases mental focus
  • Improves deep breathing techniques
  • Reduces visible signs of aging
  • Increases feelings of happiness and wellness
  • Improves brain functioning
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Improves metabolism
  • Increases immunity and helps fight diseases
  • Increases attention span
  • Increases flexibility and core strength
  • Improves mobility and range of motion

Education:

  • Governing body of yoga teachers known as the “Yoga Alliance”
    Training in the different types of meditation and yoga practices
  • Classroom discussion in addition to hands-on training
    Programs on the theory of Eastern health practices and why they work
  • 500- and 800-hour yoga therapy programs

Types of Yoga:

  • Aerial — Fluid and acrobatic poses
  • Anusara — Fun and playful poses
  • Ashtanga — Athletic and vigorous poses
  • Bhakti — Focused on cultivation of love and devotion
  • Bikram — Consistent poses in a heated studio
  • Hatha — Foundation for many yoga styles and great for beginners
  • Hot — Various poses in a heated studio
  • Iyengar — Focus on structure and usually uses blocks and straps for support
  • Jnana — Difficult poses for experienced individuals
  • Karma — Focus on a personal concept of God
  • Kashmir — Non-duality techniques
  • Kundalini — Focused on meditation and breathing
  • Power/Flow/Vinyasa — An athletic and physically challenging style
  • Pre- and Postnatal — Ideal for pregnant women to help lower stress
  • Raja — Incorporates exercise and breathing with meditation and study
  • Tantra — Showing the unseen consciousness in form through words and movements
  • Yin — A slow class meant to promote deep levels of meditation

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