What is yoga all about?
When creating this guide, it was not easy for us to classify yoga. We decided that although it was a strong physical exercise, it was still closest to our definition of a Spiritual Art. With that said, we consider Yoga to be one of the most popular and widely practised of the InLivin’® Spiritual Arts.
In Amsterdam alone, you can find hundreds of yoga classes and studios. We think there are several reasons for the explosion in yoga over the recent years.
> It combines the best factors of physical and mental exercise,
resulting in a more complete workout.
> It is easy to get started because it needs no pre-training,
generally no special equipment and can be self-taught if necessary.
> There are tens of Yoga styles, from Hatha Yoga to Bikram Yoga.
> There has been much development to the various disciplines,
allowing most people to find an option that suits them best.
> Many famous people have taken up the practice and this
has influenced others to follow suit.
> The internet has provided many more opportunities to learn
about the subject.
Yoga may not seem like your cup of tea, but maybe you should have a taste…
Of the many sports and exercises, why should you try yoga? To begin with, yoga is one of the few sports that helps train your body as well as your mind. It is all about wholeness of body and mind. It maps your body in order to get it in tune with your mind. A yoga exercise doesn’t make you feel empty and physically tired; it actually recharges you and makes you feel content. It is one of the few sports that leaves you feeling uplifted, not exhausted. After a good yoga session many people feel simply on top of the world!
There are many types of yoga. Hatha is a basic form, balancing the physical poses with light meditation and breathing. This is usually considered “introductory yoga”. Kundalini yoga focuses more on controlled breathing and stomach movement. Ashtanga or “Power” yoga uses strong physical stances and position to increase the effect of the muscle building and fitness. Anusara revolves more around the divine and the supreme. Bikram yoga uses a heated environment to promote muscle limberness, purging through perspiration and heightened metabolism in some cases. Partner yoga is great for couples who want to expand their yoga poses while deepening their emotional connection.
It all depends on what kind of person you are and what you want to get out of a yoga class. Do you want it to bemorephysicalor spiritually orientated? Do you feel like chanting? Would you like to meditate? Whatever you are after, there is a yoga class for your special needs and better still, it is probably closer to you than you may think.