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A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

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Yoga is the solution to keeping our bodies and minds aligned with the universe. It can ground you when your mind is unsettled and fleeting. It keeps your spine aligned so that energy can flow throughout your body. Yoga gives you both energy and calmness.

Find the right yoga class for you.

Stress is the cause of so many illnesses and body aches that seem to creep up out of nowhere. Any time I get away from it for a bit due to life seeming to get too busy, I end up with lower back pain, or agonizing neck pain. Yoga always puts my body right again and gives me relief!

Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It was introduced to the western world in 1947 when Indra Devi opened her yoga studio in Hollywood. It continues to increase in popularity today with yoga classes available anywhere fitness classes are offered.

Yoga provides many health benefits and there many different types of yoga that beginners can choose from. There is a yoga class for any age or body type. Here are just a few:

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is the most common and easiest for beginners. Movements are gentle and the stretches will loosen up tight muscles. The three main aspects to this yoga practice is breath, postures and meditation.  What better way to relax after a stressful day?

Power Yoga

Power yoga would be geared to the more physically fit, athletic person. It can be a challenging and intense workout, perfect for anyone interested in weight loss. It is not as spiritual as other forms of yoga, but you will burn calories.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga is also known as hot yoga. It includes a set of 26 postures that are done in a hot humid room, 35-42 degrees Celsius. A typical class is 90 minutes long. The sequence of postures are usually repeated in the same order and led be Bikram-certified trainers. The postures are challenging and being in a sauna-like room can be difficult for some, but there are many health benefits.

Restorative Yoga

If you are recovering from an injury or just need to unwind and relax, this class is for you. It is calming and relaxing. The poses are simple and held for a long time, leaving you refreshed and relaxed when the class is done.

Vinyassa Yoga

Vinyassa yoga is also known as flow yoga. Poses flow from one to the next, in sometimes intense slow movements. The postures and flow sequence never seems the same so it gives a lot of variety of movement routines. This class is good for both beginners and experienced yogis.

Chakra Yoga

Chakra yoga is a very special yoga session that explores each of the body’s 7 chakras, or energy centres. Blocked energy centres often lead to illnesses. Each class is devoted to a different chakra and learning how to keep energy flowing freely throughout our bodies. It will leave you feeling balanced and energized.

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