Yoga, You Can Do It!

By Alexandra Lily Swanston August 19, 2021

If you’ve done your “downward dog” yoga pose today, you’re probably feeling more relaxed. Regardless of your level of yoga expertise, if you’re practicing regularly, you can feel better from head to toe. Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. Also, if you’re going through an illness, recovering from surgery or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of your treatment and potentially hasten healing.

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The best way to learn yoga is by doing it, but if you’re nervous about attending a class, don’t shy away from doing a little studying before you attend. Consider the following.

Types of Yoga

Classes come in a variety of yoga styles, so it is a good idea to read the class descriptions at your local yoga studios to find a class that is right for you. Common types include:
– Hatha yoga classes tend to be good for beginners because they’re slow moving.
Vinyasa, Ashtanga and power yoga classes can be more challenging, depending on the level of instruction.
Iyengar has a strong focus on proper alignment, and often uses props to help students perfect their form.
Hot yoga is yoga practiced in a hot environment- many studios reach 104 degrees F. Many people enjoy doing yoga in the heat, but people who are sensitive to heat or have certain medical  conditions may find hot yoga uncomfortable.
Kundalini yoga is the term for “a spiritual energy or life force located at the base of the spine”. In Kundalini yoga, practitioners use breathing exercises, physical postures, chanting and meditation to unlock this energy. It has been known to support healing addictions.

The good news is that, even if you’re just starting out, most yoga poses you’ll come across are totally attainable for everybody or can be modified to make them easier. You don’t even need to go to a yoga studio, you can try these poses in the comfort of your own home. Here are some of the top beginner yoga poses:

Yoga is one of those activities you can do pretty much anywhere, and that’s especially true when you have an app on your smartphone. To help you find the right yoga app for your needs, take a look at the following 10 apps.

  1. Daily Yoga
  2. Yoga Studio
  3. Down Dog
  4. Asana Rebel
  5. Glo
  6. Gaia
  7. DDP Yoga
  8. Yoga- Track Yoga
  9. Yoga Daily Fitness
  10. Yoga for Beginners

Resources:
www.hopkindsmedicine.org
www.verywellfit.com
www.womenshealthmag.com
www.healthline.com

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