As most people are aware, yoga, like meditation, works to help ground the body and cultivate a relationship with self. Whereas a meditation practice is much more subtle in its outward healing appearance, the mechanics and intentions behind both practices are basically the same: to unite those often disparate elements of the body and the mind in order to create a more consciously cohesive whole.
Andrea Kahn pens this recent New Milford Patch post on the benefits of yoga and its positive effects on a person’s overall health and well being. As with meditation, an individual’s focus tends to be on a the breath. Considered to be the link between a person and one’s life force energy, focus on the breath can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
Yoga comes in a vast array of styles, both ancient and modern, all of which are built upon similar postures. Just a few of the very many types of yoga classes are:
- Hatha: First used as a prelude to meditation, Hatha is calm, relaxing and great for de-stressing. Pace adapts to student’s individual needs. Great for newbies and those with physical issues.
- Kundalini: Guaranteed to get you moving, Kundalini is an excellent workout with a strong spiritual component. Postures flow from one to the next with an emphasis on fluidity and control.
- Jivamukti: A traditional approach which is often inclusive of chanting and spiritual thought. This is a challenging workout and a style that may best suit someone who is ready to go all the way with yoga.
- Power: Modern and athletic, Power yoga is a terrific choice for someone who is already familiar with fitness and wants to take it a step further.
Read more from Kahn on yoga and meditation here.