Today in the fitness industry one of the swiftest growing movements is the great art and practice of yoga.
In case you have been out of touch with what has been happening for the past couple of years, yoga is sweeping through aerobics studios and health clubs all across the United States and if finding acceptance as a fitness activity as well as a means to balance the energy of the body and reduce stress and thereby
restore a feeling of calmness.
There are a variety of types of yoga. There is Iyanga yoga which is excellent for beginners. It is graceful and fluid. It is not physically demanding and
therefore great for people who are not that athletically inclined.
There is also Ashtanga yoga which is extremely physical and intense. This is a great activity for strength, fitness and endurance. It is truly the mother of the "power yoga" classes.
The third kind of Hatha yoga is called Vini yoga. This type of yoga is usually performed on a one-to-one basis with an instructor. Vini yoga is more relaxed
that the two previous forms.
It is therapeutic, restorative and is based on one’s individual breath. This means that the length of a movement is determined by the ability of the individual to inhale and exhale fully.
It seems that many postural imbalances are due to breathing restrictions. Vini yoga is based on the premise that the body’s energy is more balanced if you are able to balance your breathing.
When you improve your breathing you not only improve your posture, but you improve your overall energy and develop the sense of being centered.