Much more than exercise. What type of yoga to choose according to your need

Perhaps driven by a pandemic that forced us to search within ourselves what we wanted to do to feel better -at the beginning from our homes and remotely, although later the dynamics were modified-, Argentines They found in this ancient practice a way to take care of their integral well-being. In our country, one of the great victories was the growth of yoga, as a physical and mental practice.

The data confirms it. A study carried out by Gympass, a corporate wellness platform that offers different activities – based on booking and taking classes revealed that in Argentina only from January to May of this year, there was a growth in taking yoga classes in 105%, the highest in the region. This shows a clear trend: Argentines continue to bet on yoga as a more complete discipline. It is not only about physical exercise (and all the muscle groups that are worked with yoga) but about the possibility of reaching a certain degree of emotional stability at a time where mental health is so latent.

“The yoga It has many benefits for our holistic and comprehensive health, which is why it is such a complete and important practice for us; on a physical level it relaxes and improves muscle and joint pain and helps with various pathologies. Yoga is a great ally to stop osteoporosis and arthritis. It also stimulates the immune, endocrine, energetic and lymphatic systems. On a mental level it calms and frees us from stress, tension; It helps us to fight headaches and migraines, it helps us to have a better memory, since it helps us in our concentration; improves mental performance and attention, ”says Liliana Molina, yoga instructor.


Hatha yoga would be something like the mothership of the yoga. It is said to be “meditation in motion”. It appears in the yoga sutras of Patanjali and is later taken up in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a manual on yoga written in Sanskrit by Swami Svatmarama in the 14th century AD. C. This book describes and explains the most important asanas – such as the pincer, the cobra or the downward facing dog – and concepts such as mudras (yoga of the hands that is used to open or close certain energy circuits), chakras and bands (energy closures that work through muscle contractions). The most dynamic variant of the hatha yoga It is vinyasa (which you may know as “flow yoga”), in which the asanas are connected with a movement and each movement with a defined breath.


The ashtanga yoga it is one of the most physically demanding modalities. It has the peculiarity that the order of the asanas is predefined. This is important, since they are done in a very fluid and continuous way, moving quickly from one of the positions to the other. Having the sequence in advance helps. It is based on the practice of vinyasa in which the synchronization of movements and breathing are the main key and focus. The pillars of this type of yoga They are the ujjayi breathing (which sounds like a snoring), the bands and the drishti, that point that focuses us on the balancing postures.


Kundalini is a powerful energy that runs through our chakras. It is especially concentrated in the lower back. According to the Hindu tradition, it is like a snake that is coiled there; upon awakening, it rises through our energy centers producing changes in our being and promoting our evolution. The kundalini yoga –Which came to the West from the hand of the yogi master Bhajan in 1969– proposes asanas, meditation, pranayamas and mantras in order to awaken the kundalini energy and balance the functions of the chakras. If you need to download and release fears –which are associated with the root chakra–, it is for you.


This form of hatha yoga It was developed by guru BKS Iyengar in the 20th century. It focuses primarily on achieving head, spine, hip, and foot alignment. Its purpose is to improve health and well-being in a somewhat more therapeutic way than other health practices. yogaThat is why it is especially indicated for those who suffer from depression, anxiety, asthma, back pain, hypertension or osteoarthritis, among others. The Iyengar uses accessories such as blocks, leashes, blankets, and pillows.


The yoga in pairs is a playful way to practice with others. It was created by American yogis in the late 20th century and combines yoga with acrobatics and a marked spirit of brotherhood. At least three people are needed: the base, the flyer, and the caretaker, who must take care of the flyer’s safety. It is great for working on coordination, communication and trust between practitioners. It is super important that everyone knows their possibilities so that the postures are pleasant and smooth.


The yin yoga, introduced by Paul Grilley in the 1980s in the United States, suggests holding passive postures for several minutes. It is a practice that targets the connective tissues (ligaments, bones, joints). Due to the stillness and the time spent in the postures, it can be super challenging on a physical, mental and emotional level. Yin yoga postures stimulate the meridians, which, according to traditional Chinese medicine, are the channels that run through the body through the organs through which energy passes.


Swásthya, in Sanskrit, means “self-sufficiency.” It is pronounced “suastia.” Rescued by Master DeRose, this is a yoga ancient, pre-classical. It is super energizing, fun, intense and is indicated above all for the youngest (18 to 38 years old). Telluric music is used that refers to ancient civilizations, with percussion and clapping. Good power and motivating.

Source: The Nation

Sandra B. Lusk
Freelance author Food,Fitness and Weight Loss

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