Yoga

Yoga – Its Benefits and Types

Yoga is a type of meditation done to cleanse mind and soul. It has a positive influence on one’s physical appearance and psychological behavior. It is beneficial not only to remain fit but it is also helpful for mind’s peace and serenity. It is considered as one of the best therapy for curing all kinds of diseases. It is noticed that one who continues to practice yoga meditation can live for years. There are various positions to perform yoga exercise. However, it is majorly divided into five categories or types. These are Ananda, Hatha, Kripalu, Restorative and Moksha yoga.

As we all know that chronic diseases such as heart attack, cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and many more are increasing day by day. There are several reasons behind their development and the main causes are overeating, obesity and high intake of calories. Yoga is helpful in building immunity and combating these diseases. We can save our body from being the victim of such diseases by practicing yoga meditation. Some people are dependent on medicines and other supplements either to fight diseases or to gain health. However, they are unaware of the fact that these medicines and supplements have side effects and are not good for our health. It is advisable to avoid medicines. Yoga is a natural and effective way to fight against various diseases and it also reduces the risk of getting affected by these diseases. There is no side effect of this natural therapy.

Benefits of Yoga:

• Increases endurance

• Builds body immunity

• Keeps mind and body relaxed

• Maintains fitness and activeness

• Ensures healthy living

• Decreases cardiovascular diseases risk

Types of Yoga:

Ananda Yoga – This form is primarily designed to incorporate and synchronize all levels of your being such as physical, psychological and spiritual. Ananda Yoga’s main focus is on meditation which raises the level of consciousness.

Ananda Yoga includes:

• Yoga Postures (Asana)

• Exceptional energy-control and breathing techniques (Pranayama)

• Traditional yoga meditation methods

• Applied yoga philosophy

Hatha Yoga – Hatha means forceful. This is the most commonly used form of yoga and is very popular. This form was introduced by Indian “Swami” (honorific title) in the 15th century. This type is a basic form of learning yoga and preparing body for meditation.

Kripalu Yoga – Kripalu means compassion. This form does not include any particular posture or asana. In this type of yoga, anyone can adopt his or her unique style for performing meditation depending upon his or her body’s flexibility and individual’s capability. Kripalu form is responsible for teaching us self-acceptance and guides us how to tune into our own inner wisdom so that we can better know ourselves.

Restorative Yoga – This type of yoga meditation technique helps in healing an individual from certain ailments and restoring life with the help of yoga’s power. This type of yoga form is practiced by many individuals across the globe as this form of yoga is effective in releasing stress; conquering depression and gaining psychological calmness and relaxation.

Moksha Yoga – Moksha means liberate or release or let go. This form is practiced for releasing your body from worldly affairs or Nirvana (state of being free from anguish). This type of yoga is performed to achieve Moksha.

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