As the practice of yoga continues to increase in popularity world wide, people new to yoga find themselves asking questions like:
- How do I know if yoga is for me?
- Does it really work?
- Can it help me?
Different Styles Of Yoga
There are so many styles of yoga to choose from than can confuse anyone.
Some yoga classes are dynamic, pushing students to the edge of their physical capacity while others are more restorative. Some yoga styles concentrate on physical alignment, while others have a more spiritual approach. There is so much variety; it is impossible to describe them all.
As different as the styles of yoga may be, they all share one thing in common: they all work.
How Does Yoga Work?
To start, Yoga teaches you to breathe with awareness, relax, calm your mind, and strengthen your body. In turn you see benefits like better digestion, stronger immune system, and better sleep after few weeks of practice.
The Common Thread Amongst the Different Styles
Yoga teachers and practitioners agree that Prana (life force) is the key. Almost all styles of hatha yoga increase the flow of Prana in your body.
Yogis believe that the intelligent use of Prana is the key to spiritual awakening. The practice of yoga asanas helps us access this life force by holding a pose and breathing into it or through it.
The main reason people feel better after practicing yoga is because in one way or another they increased the flow of Prana in their bodies. The more you learn and practice yoga, the more you get to know which practices will help you at any particular time or certain periods in your life. That means that your yoga practice will often change accordingly to your body’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
After all that is what yoga is all about, to help us bring balance, health and wellness into our lives. It does not matter what type of yoga you choose to practice, as long as you do it with dedication, devotion and awareness the flow of Prana will definably increase in your body providing you with all the benefits yoga has to offer.