“I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary.”
When you utter the word, “yoga” and uncontrollable image pops into your head, a bald headed monk in red orange robes sitting, eyes shut, cross legged with his hands draped casually on his knees with the tips of his thumbs and forefingers touching. The echo, of the monotonous mantra hummed, bounces off the picturesque mountain scene in the background rendering a peaceful serenity to the ethereal temple flushed against a lush snow capped mountain. If the image was not there before, I am pretty sure it is now and that is what yoga is all about…it is a meditative practice that frees your mind also allowing you to transport yourself to a higher consciousness.
Yoga is a long practiced and unfortunately misunderstood custom. People from all over the world with different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs deepen their way of life by practicing yoga. This form of exercise is said to improve your health by captivating your body, your mind and your spirit in a tranquil serendipitous way. There are few paraphernalia must haves that you require when you start this beneficial ritual and the basic yoga kit consist of yoga mats, yoga blocks, music as well as DVDs or book or even Youtube videos to guide you on your quest for tranquility.
Yoga also serves to detox your body with meditative positions also helping to assist in weight loss by burning calories and providing sustainable energy as well as improving ones balance by optimizing your body functions. Yoga can be practiced as often as one desires and in comfort. You are required to wear loosely fitting cloths that does not hinder your movements and flexibility.
Yoga mats are to soften the area of wooden or tiled or concrete floor you choose to use when you exercise yoga. It should be long enough to offer enough space to move comfortably and the consistency of the material of your mat should be firm enough to keep your body. Yoga blocks are light foam blocks which offer to keep you secure when holding onto them while stretching to prevent any falls or mishaps. It can also be used to support your legs and to brace your body when seated.
There are many ways in which to learn about the practice of yoga, there are books offered on the market that effectively teach all you need to know and informs you of all the benefits of yoga. There many different types of yoga exercised like Bhakti Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Karma Yoga to name but a few. Many individuals who practice this dying art confess to be unburdened from stress leaving them feeling care free and calm.
There are many DVDs as well as YOUtube videos that can instruct you in your beginning phase of yoga, guiding you in the correct way to execute yoga stretches and different forms of Yoga practiced. Some yoga exercises focus on stretching, others on losing weight, and some on strengthening and a few on staying power.
There are also many classes offered on the different forms of Yoga and fortunately there are no age limits to Yoga and you can choose the type that suits your fitness levels. So go on try it and experience first hand the benefits of Yoga. Ooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm