Health

Benefits of Yoga for Body and Mind

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What does Yoga really mean?

It’s not about being good at something. It’s about being good to yourself. – A lot of people have the misconception that yoga is just for “eco activists” and therefore it doesn’t suit them. But what is yoga really and how does it affect you?

The history of yoga begins in India, where it was devised to live in harmony with yourself about 2.000 years ago. The word itself is Sanskrit, an old Indian language, and means to harness or to yoke something. Yoga describes the state of having a clear spirit, a strong body and the path to achieve these states. Overall, it is a practical philosophy of life. Not only does yoga strengthen your coordination skills, flexibility and stamina, but also gets your metabolism in gear and forestalls diseases of your cardiovascular system. Yoga works integrative, meaning, whilst practicing the agility of your body, building muscles, loosing abundant weight and establishing strength and energy your spirit will experience impulses. These impulses help you recognize negative thoughts and habits and stop them at the same time.

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The different Styles of Yoga

There is so much more behind the word yoga and the practice itself. There is so much variety when it comes to Yoga. It can be powerful, arduous, meditative, therapeutic and much more. So before you start your yoga lifestyle you need to choose which style fits you the best. The eight main yoga styles are Ashtanga (Vinyasa) yoga, Anusra yoga, Iyengar yoga, Jivamukti yoga, Spirit yoga, Kundalini yoga, Yin yoga and Sivananda yoga. Every style has its own benefits and depending on your desired effect of yoga you can choose the style that suits you best. The proof is in the pudding.

Yoga Tips

Another question which is common, is when is the best time to practice yoga?

Traditionally, yoga is often performed right before sunrise. However, this doesn’t work for everyone. Considering the so called yogic day there are five daytimes when yoga can be practiced:

  • Brahma Muhurta, the so called ambrosial hours between 03:30 am. – 06:00 am
  • Sunrise, meaning the time after you wake up
  • At noon, before you eat something
  • After work
  • Sunset, meaning before you go to bed

If you want to start your yoga journey, here are some basic tips to think of before you start:

  1. Atmosphere: First of all, you have to make sure that you create a calm atmosphere. Turn of your phone and get rid of anything that could disturb your peaceful yoga session.
  2. Where? If you’re not motivated enough to exercise alone, you can participate in a yoga course with other people. But if you want to do it at home on your own, there are enough videos on YouTube for beginners or you can try our yoga in the jungle video with Christina Leipold, which can be played in all of our NinetyNine room TV-Screens.
  3. Why? In order to start and really get involved with yoga, you need to formulate short and precise sentences, why you personally want to start doing yoga. An example would be Yoga should give me inner peace.
  4. When and how often? As already mentioned regarding the yogic day, there are several times of the day where yoga can be practiced. Find your perfect time of the day and either exercise daily, approximately 15 minutes, or at least two times a week, about 20 – 45 minutes.

Yoga is a lifestyle with ups and downs. Starting with it, you need to be patience and everything will fall into its pieces. Namaste.

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