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What is the best type of yoga?

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Probably everyone knows at least one person who swears by yoga. However, there are many different types of yoga to choose from.

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The word "gym" is commonly associated with huge guys thunking around with their huge muscles, lifting weight. Now more than ever, this image is being dissolved with the addition of many different programs that gyms are including in the cost of their membership prices.

These programs include yoga, Pilates, spin classes, in addition to a vast variety of other aerobic and strength related activities. Although we've trudged on an interesting topic, let's focus on the idea of yoga.

Yoga is the traditional practice of meditation combined with an assortment of physical postures. It seems that when the use of yoga first began, it was associated with human philosophy and theology.

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Yoga Is The Traditional Practice Of Meditation
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More recently, it has transferred into a form of exercise. This isn't to say that it doesn't have spiritual connections anymore, but it is based much more on the individual. Now, there are a variety of different types of yoga to choose from, depending on the expectations and goals of the person, but let's only focus on the basics for the purpose of this article.

The best type of yoga for strength and flexibility enhancement is essentially called Hatha Yoga, which is the yoga that connects the mind and body through a series of postures, which challenge the body in a variety of ways.

These postures are combined with controlled breathing techniques which aid in focusing in on the mind to body connection. Some people even claim that with practice, this type of yoga touches them on a spiritual level.

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The best kind of yoga workout focuses on muscular endurance in addition to flexibility. A collection of postures and breathing techniques are combined to achieve gains in these areas.

First of all, if you're a beginner, I'd advise you get yourself into a class, where an instructor can show you step-by-step how to do the postures and stretches. Now, it's extremely difficult to describe the workout in writing, but I'm going to begin to attempt nevertheless.

Normally a yoga session begins with a series of slow stretches, (forgive me for not remembering the technical terms for them) such as sitting toe touches, standing forward toe touches (focusing on the bend and stretch of the lower back).


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After the beginning stretches, more complicated stretches are then executed (or attempted in my case.) These poses include headstands, shoulder-stands and a variety of stretches that strongly incorporate the muscles of the core. I would strongly advise that you invest in a beginner's yoga session to get you started.

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There are numerous benefits associated with the practice of yoga, including stress relief, vast increases in flexibility, and gains in core muscular strength, in addition to a possible spiritual connection.

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Although I was skeptical when I first went to a beginner's yoga session, the way I felt after walking out of the place cleared me of my doubts. You feel like a new person after a yoga session.

On another note, since I know a lot of guys read articles on this site, I have to say that although it may sound sleazy, a yoga class is an excellent place to find nice looking ladies. That's one of the unexpected but extremely desirable results possible.

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I actually went to a couple of yoga classes, and try to incorporate elements that I learned in the classes into my stretching routine after I warm up prior to my weight training workouts.

I firmly believe that the core strength that the yoga techniques build has prevented me from injury. I am training to compete in a triathlon in addition to weight training 3 times a week, which clearly puts me at a higher risk of injury than most people, but I have remained injury free.

Although I am not still attending the yoga classes, I would still advise that anyone with an interest in fitness or anyone who wants to just be a more flexible person give yoga a try. After thinking about it, I'm going to be looking to get into a regular yoga group if I can find one nearby.

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I've just signed up for a series of yoga classes. I'm doing it to basically help improve my balance, ability to stretch and just general health.
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I've been taking lesson of HOT YOGA for 8 months now and its really big help when it comes to stress relief , my body becomes more flexible and one more thing after yoga lesson you could see your skin glows and kinda different means better skin condition. But for 8 months i didn't loose weight at all just trying to loose 3 kilos but my weight is ups and down , i really wonder if yoga really helps you loose weight with the help of dietary supplements and food diet sometimes i don't get it why i still gain weight they say aging is one factor too I don't know how to start and begin to panic already

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Ashtanga yoga is the way to go for serious athletes. I am a certified instructor and will assure you that practicing this style a couple times a week will help your lifting. They key is not trying to do to much and just letting the yoga do work. Patience is the name of the game.

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There are so many benefits of yoga. Not only will you be more flexible, your core will be strengthened considerably, which is key for increasing your overall strength. Yoga also strengthens your lower back, glutes, and hips, making it an invaluable defense against nagging injuries.

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looking for a yoga program to follow, to help with my lifting as well as injury recovery. Someone message me if you know any!

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Hatha yoga is primarily stretching and meditation - compared to other types of yoga, it's not much of a strength builder. Vinyasa (power) yoga is great for stretching and strength, and as an added bonus you get your heart rate up a bit for the duration of the class.

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