Getting the Most out of Yoga Videos at Home
Home exercise and Yoga can be more fun when done with Yoga Videos. In fact, more and more people are practising and learning Yoga from home because of its easy availability through the internet and Youtube. However, some people may doubt that it is possible to learn a practise such a yoga from following Yoga videos. But it is achievable and there are some great advantages.
• Yoga videos provide the opportunity to practise and learn Yoga from your own home. There are certainly benefits involved in exercising at home. First is the flexibility of schedules, as you can practise your Yoga at any time. Also, there are no fees involved compared to Yoga classes where every time you attend you will be charged a fee. Yoga classes vary between $12.00 to 20.00 per class, which are usually between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. And you do not have to rush through traffic and you save on petrol costs.
• Yoga videos range from beginners to intermediate to advanced students with all the different Yoga schools and teachings provided. Some are very physical or more flowing, some concentrate on the breathing and include meditation, whilst others even incorporate sounds like OM and chanting.
• Yoga videos are for everyone who wants to become more flexible, attain a calmer mind and increase awareness of ones own body, including for pregnant women, for seniors and for individuals affected by back pains.
• Yoga videos and practising Yoga requires just a few tools like a yoga mat, blanket, bolster, strap and blocks. But not every Yoga style uses these props, just a yoga mat is enough.
• Accessing and/or purchasing yoga videos is easy as these can be found either on the Internet and Youtube for free or any department store will have a range to choose from.
Popular Yoga Styles are Hatha Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga & Iyengar Yoga and You will find many Yoga Videos from different Yoga Teachers available
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga describes any of the physical practices of yoga poses or asanas, which presents only one of the eight limbs of yoga. Whether you do Iyengar or Ashtanga, it is all hatha yoga, which relates to the physical more forceful aspect of Yoga compared to the other more subtle practices that were in use at the time that Hatha emerged. Today Hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic classes with no flow between yoga poses. A hatha class will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. A good place to become comfortable with yoga.
What Is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga means “eight limbs” in Sanskrit, which refers to the eight limbs of yoga laid out in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is a vigorous and energetic form of Yoga and similar to other forms of Hatha Yoga it links the breath to movement. Ashtanga Yoga creates a Yogic flow in the body by moving from one yoga pose to the next in a smooth way, whilst on a deeper level resistance and tensions are released.
Ashtanga follows a set of asanas or yoga positions. It is either taught in a class with a teacher talking the students through the poses, or it is a self-practice in the group, named Mysore style. Each Yoga student practices at their own pace and level and the teache is present to advise, assist and encourage the students to go deeper into the practice. As theYoga practitioner develops further, more asanas from the set he will be added to the practice.
There are three series of Ashtanga Yoga the first consisting of 75 poses beginning with sun salutations – surya namaskara A and surya namaskara B – and then moves on to standing poses, seated poses, inversions and back bends.
The second and third series are for advanced Yogis.and were created by Sri Pattabhi Jois. He was based out of Mysore in India Having inspired Yoga teachers and practitioners around the globe, who called him Guruji, he passed away in May 2009 at age 93. He taught that Yoga consists of 99% practice and 1% theory.
What Is Iyengar Yoga?
One of the Most Popular Types of Yog is Iyengar yoga designed and developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. This influential style is a form of Hatha and emphasizes on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama).
It is a Yoga practise meant for all and the student develops strength, mobility and stability through the asanas.
With the use of props such as wooden gadgets, belts, ropes and blankets it helps the student to achieve perfection in any asana. Regular practice of ‘Iyengar Yoga’ definitely integrates the body, mind and emotions.
Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, Yoga that has an emphasis on alignment The
B.K.S. Iyengar has systematised over 200 classical yoga poses and 14 different types of Pranayama (with variations of many of them) ranging from the basic to advanced. This helps ensure that students progress gradually by moving from simple to more advanced poses and at the same time developing their mind, body and spirit.
What Is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga was started by Bikram Choudhury in 1974 in Beverly Hills. His method is loosely called hot yoga, as you do the poses in a room heated to 95-100 degrees The classes consist of a specific yoga sequence including two breathing exercises and 26 poses (variations from this series are not allowed)
This sequence takes 90 minutes and can be quite intense. Thirteen are standing and 13 are sitting, with a couple breathing and resting poses added as well. Some people believe that the heat and the manner of the instruction may cause people to push beyond their actual ability and injure themselves. Of course, like with any exercise regime, you should consult a doctor.
What to Wear and Bring to a Bikram Yoga Class
Most practitioners wear clothes you can sweat in and bring bottled water. The 26 poses or asanas are designed in a specific order to warm the tendons and create flexibility in the spine among numerous other benefits.