So here it is the definition of Yoga: A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.
To make it simple it is the union of the mind and body, you do Asanas (postures) whilst using Ujayi breathing and focusing on your body.
When you tell some people that you do Yoga they imagine you in a lotus position meditating and saying OM for an hour, it is an urban myth! Yoga can help you get more toned, more flexible, get stronger and make you more relaxed.
You usually come out of a Yoga class feeling like you are quite a bit taller and it gives you a “flying” feeling.
Of course like everything you need to get used to the postures and sometimes you might even think “hey why exactly am I in this posture?” but I guarantee you will be hooked pretty quickly and it will start making sense to your body. You will become more aware of your body in the process.
You probably even did Yoga as a child and never realised it. Bridge pose, handstand, headstands are all Yoga postures.
Nowadays there are so many types that it can be difficult to decide which one to choose or try.
I suggest you try different classes and see what works for you. If you fancy a good “workout” type Yoga, then head for an Ashtanga, Power Yoga or a Vinyasa Class.
If you want to stay and work postures for a long time then Iyengar is for you.
There are also more gentle types of yoga, you need to look what is available near you.
Yoga postures can also benefit your health, many postures might help backaches, help digestion, thyroid glands, help kidneys, prevent arthritis etc…
Why not give it a try and keep an open mind, don’t judge yourself or others as there is no one to compete with in Yoga and above all, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
Written by Fiona Nodier Professeur de Yoga at Annecy Power Yoga