Did you know there are 11 major styles of yoga today? Just in case you're curious, here they are: hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga, Kundalini yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Bikram yoga, Yin yoga, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, Anusara yoga, and Jivamukti yoga! Wow - you can learn more about each type HERE.
Even with the rise in popularity and availability of yoga classes, there are still many misunderstandings surrounding yoga and yoga practices.
MYTHS ABOUT YOGA
You need to be flexible to practice yoga. Nope! Yoga helps you to improve your flexibility. It helps you to build strength as well as improve muscle extensibility. Yoga helps you to find your individual balance of strength and mobility.
Yoga is a religion. Nope! Yoga is a way of life that dates back many thousands of years. In the west, we are most familiar with the physical branch of yoga. Yoga is a science of diet, meditation, physical movements, and philosophy all studied and evolved for the goal of achieving a balanced body, mind and heart for optimal living.
TRUTHS ABOUT YOGA
The physical practice of yoga is strengthening and healing and can always be modified to meet your body where it is - celebrating and respecting your individual limitations and abilities.
There are many styles of physical yoga taught today in the west. The true essence of YOGA is the practice of evoking the mind, body and spirit to support and practice balance and ease within the limitations and challenges of of our bodies.
Yoga is a gift. The practice of yoga reminds us of what we all once knew and somewhere already know. We are complete just as we are. It allows us to find our fullest potential and to achieve balance in our bodies, minds and hearts within the limitations and challenges of being alive and human.
Lucy D’Aponte, MSPT, CYT is a physical therapist and yoga therapist at All Wellness. She continues to be amazed at the body’s ability to heal, given the proper conditions, and how yoga can support and assist in your healing process. Lucy offers physical therapy treatment, private yoga instruction, and Phoenix Rising yoga therapy. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what services might support your wellness/healing goals.