Yoga is a great way to achieve and maintain fitness. If one can do yoga daily, he/she will definitely become stronger and sharper in a few months. Though there are many types of yoga that can be done to become fit, Ashtanga is the best way of yoga that will greatly strengthen your body.
Its repeated series of Vinyasa Flow–Chatarunga (a yogi push-up), dog style (up and down), and stretching between each pose (and on each side) is guaranteed to make you stronger and sharper.
Another kind of yoga, also practiced by athletes is Power Yoga. This is the perfect 2 in 1 method that focuses on increasing a person’s strength and flexibility. While doing this, you will not only engage in your athletic nature with active poses and posture.
Its regular practice will also address those areas of the body(including muscles) that become tight due to or while doing running, cycling, and weight lifting. Those might include the exercises of chest, shoulders, mid to upper back, biceps, triceps, things and hips that might cause injury such as hamstrings. Although “Power Yoga” encompasses a variety of styles, you can expect a number of standing poses before moving to poses on your stomach. Later on, you can go ahead with encouraging self to opening up your hips, and finally a few poses to stretch them, all being done while using rhythmic breathing. You can also play light/soft music to do exercises in tandem with rhythmic breathing. Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles are often considered to be a part of “power yoga”.
Yin yoga has a more passive approach to flexibility, allowing your body to release into poses and postures versus actively powering through them. Constantly stretching muscles in power yoga classes can actually cause strain and inflammation around the joints. Lying in restful yin poses, often with the help of props, will target healthy opening of your connective tissue system. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body– the tendons, fascia, and ligaments– with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Yin style is a more meditative approach to yoga, as it aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, bringing light within from the never-ending universe, and interconnecting with the almighty.
Author: Yogi Chetan Mahesh