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Yoga in the New Year!

The year of 2014 is coming to an end. It is the time to look back on the resolutions you made at the start of this year and come up with a list of resolutions for the New Year 2015!

If Yoga was not part of your resolution earlier, make sure it is now! Yoga brings out the best in you, it helps improve flexibility, strength, balance and endurance. Start practicing yoga for a calmer mind and strengthened body.

In this blog, read about some of the most effective and popular forms of yoga asana.

ASHTANGA YOGA

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Ashtanga Yoga is a physically demanding form of yoga practice originally taught by Pattabhi Jois in the 1940s. The system is based on six series of asanas which increase in difficulty, allowing you to work at your own pace. The students follow a set sequence of postures each time, gradually progressing through the series. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga emphasizes the linking of movement and breath (vinyasa), Ujjayi breathing and bandhas (energy locks). Surya Namaskar forms one of the important asana sequences in Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga yoga helps you strengthen the body with enhanced blood circulation, experience lighter body, and calms down the mind. 

Ashtanga Yoga has its roots in the Vedic Philosophy wherein it has been described as eight (Sanskrit: ashta) limb (Sanskrit: anga) path in Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali.

ANUSARA YOGA

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Anusara means “flowing with grace”, “going with the flow”, “following the heart”. 

Anusara yoga is designed for students of any level or ability. There are over 250 poses included in Anusara Yoga but there are no set postural routines.

The Anusara style is a new system of hatha yoga that teaches a set of yoga postures with alignment, while encouraging flowing with grace and following your heart. Founded by John Friend, the practice of Anusara is broadly categorized into three parts, knowas the Three A’s. They include attitude, alignment and action.

VINYASA YOGA

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Vinyasa means “movement linked with breath”.Vinyasa classes are often quite dynamic, which requires the mind to stay focused in the present.The pace can vary and there is no one particular sequence that a class follow,. Modern Vinyasa yoga is best described as freestyle Ashtanga as it doesn’t adhere to the rigid structure of Ashtanga Yoga.

The key aspect in Vinyāsa is body movement with observed breath movement. It is also said to be a flowing or dynamic form of yoga because of the breath movement during transition from one asana to another asana. 

YIN YOGA

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The Yin Yoga is a slow paced style of yoga and has its roots in China. It is based on the Taoist concept of yin & yang, wherein yin depicts stability and yang depicts constantly changing. Yin portrays the connective tissues such as joints, ligaments, bones which are stiff while yang portrays the more mobile parts of the body i.e. muscles, blood. 

This form of yoga may seem passive as the asanas are held for 5 minutes or more but these are enduring poses and require a lot of stamina as well as will power to perform correctly.

The purpose is to apply moderate stress to the connective tissue – the tendons, fascia and ligaments – with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

 HOT YOGA

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Hot yoga is a vigorous form of yoga performed in a studio that is heated to 105 F (40 C) and has a humidity of 40 percent. It is one of the most popular styles of yoga asana practiced in the west.

Some forms of hot yoga include:

Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga, Moksha Yoga.

HATHA YOGA

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Hatha yoga is the form of yoga with “Ha” depicting the sun and “tha” depicting the moon, thereby meaning that this form of yoga brings together and unites the masculine and feminine aspects of an individual’s body.

Yogis consider Hatha Yoga as an important form of yoga which focuses on self-transformation by enhancing the focus on uniting the deeper aspects of a physical body. Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It includes the practice of yoga asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama(yoga breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body.

Hatha yoga is relatively gentle, slow and great for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed style.

Abreast yourself with these popular, classic forms of Yoga and prepare yourself for another enduring year! 

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