There are different forms of yoga. This type of exercise can leave you toned and supple or you may even be spiritually enlightened according to some teachers. Yoga has risen in popularity in recent years, and has reshaped some of the leading stars from Madonna to Sting.
Some forms of yoga are more physical and some are highly spiritual. Yoga is extremely good for fatigue, depression, arthritis, aging, stress-related illness, migraine, PMS, back pain and mobility problems.
You must first decide why you wish to start yoga and then go about choosing the appropriate form for you. The principles of yoga are quite simple - relax, tune out everything and stretch and you will feel better.
If you are looking to get fit these types of yoga are for you:
" Hatha yoga "
This type of yoga is based on controlled stretching. An emphasis is placed on developing a flexible spine.This type of yoga is excellent for all levels of fitness.
" Vini yoga "
This type of yoga is gentle and safe and is very good for older people. It is taught by a teacher called a Desikachar and is usually taught on an individual basis.
If you really want to get physical then you should choose these types of yoga:
" Iyengar yoga "
This type of yoga focuses on correct postures. It often makes use of ropes and blocks to maintain these postures.
" Sivananda yoga "
This type of yoga is suitable for every age and covers a wide range of poses which range from simple to complex.
" Ashtanga yoga "
This type of yoga is known as power yoga. It is very demanding and is only suitable for those people who are very fit.
For those of you who want to get spiritual, then you would want to choose from these types of yoga:
" Raja yoga "
This is often referred to as royal yoga. It is concerned with the mind.
" Dru yoga "
This is group yoga which concentrates very heavily on breath work.
" Jnana yoga "
This concentrates on the philosophical aspects of youga and is very spiritual and meditative.