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How does Yoga work? Types of Yoga and its Effects!

Yoga has a 5,000-year history in ancient Indian philosophy, is a mind and body practice that aids in mental and physical well-being. The styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation which helps overall enhancement and control and over the mind and body.

In this article, we will explore the types, the risks, the side effects, and the takeaways that will help you lead a spiritual and focused life.

What is Yoga?

The art of yoga is well known and currently has expanded to all parts/corners of the world. There has been no record of who invented the form of yoga.

The “yoga sutra”, a 2000-year-old treatise on yogic philosophy by the Indian sage Patanjali, is a guidebook on how to master the mind, control emotions, and grow spiritually.

This guidebook is one of the earliest written records of yoga and one of the oldest texts in existence and provides the framework for all modern yoga.

Yoga is a combination of posture and poses. It is likely that fitness was never the primary goal.  The focus of the yogic tradition focused on practices that aid in expanding spiritual energy using breathing methods and mental focus.

An explosion of interest in postural yoga occurred in the 1920s and 1930s, first in India and later in the West.

Chakra

Many of us have heard of this word some very often, but do we know what it means? Chakra means “spinning the wheel”

When the word chakra is associated with yoga, it represents the maintaining of balance at the center point of energy, thoughts, feelings, and physical body.

The yogic teachers have learned that the chakras determine the way people reality through emotional reactions, desires or aversions, levels of confidence or fear, and even physical symptoms and effects.

When the positive energy gets blocked in a chakra, it is said to trigger physical, mental, or emotional imbalances that manifest in symptoms, such as anxiety, lethargy, or poor digestion. In total there are seven chakras each with its focus. 

Types of Yoga

Yoga has evolved over time and now the focus is also on exercise, strength, breathing, and flexibility. It’s considered one of the best ways to boost your physical and mental well being. 

There are numerous styles that have come into existence over the last few decades and no style is more authentic or superior to another. To name a few- Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Power yoga, etc.

Each of these styles demand specific kinds and levels of fitness and outcomes and you can choose which form of yoga is suited to your current needs accordingly.

Side effects of Yoga

Always choose the option of working with a well-trained instructor who will guide you through the practice of each movement or activity.

Even though yoga is considered low-impact, wrong postures or practice can lead to discomfort or injury. Here are a few things to consider before starting off on your journey with yoga:

● Pregnant women or anyone going through a medical condition such as high blood pressure, sciatica, etc should talk to a healthcare individual before taking up yoga. For instance, there may be some poses which they might have to avoid to prevent injury.

● Beginners should start slow and not push to try the advanced asanas or poses or techniques such as lotus positions, headstands, etc.

● While practicing if you have any pain or discomfort, do consult a healthcare provider immediately.

Key Takeaways

Yoga, an age-old practice, has grown and evolved over the years to become even more vibrant and relevant in our modern lifestyles.

Modern yoga is all about stretches, poses that are designed to stimulate physical energy and stimulate inner peace. In comparison, ancient yoga was less about fitness and focused more on mental and spiritual energy.

There are many different types of yoga and each of them unique in its way but they all aid the same goal of leading a balanced and active lifestyle.

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