I started doing yoga five years ago after seeing an inspirational video of a man called Arthur who could not walk.
The video shows him performing yoga, before and after.
Yoga is a spiritual and ascetic discipline, which involves breathing control and meditation techniques. The most well-known and seen yoga pose is the downward dog as it is a beginner pose demonstrating the bodily postures that are used in yoga. Yoga is widely practiced around the world and widely practiced for its health and relaxation.
Arthur’s transformation is extraordinary, as he goes from not being able to walk after landing on his legs from parachuting to again being able to run. It shows the power of yoga, through its ability to change lives and it shows anyone can do it.
Having only previously done yoga on my Wii Fit, which I was really bad at, I decided to give DDP yoga a try, as it was the one Arthur used to get in great physical shape. DDP yoga incorporates all styles of yoga into his sessions.
One of the many great things about doing yoga is that you can do it anywhere, so it was easy to get started. You just need an area where you are able to move around and stretch your body. I choose to do it on my own, but there are many classes for beginners if you wanted to do it with other people. All ages can get involved with yoga from babies and onwards so there is no excuse for anyone not to start their yoga journey.
Flexibility is what I wanted to focus on, as my flexibility had been nonexistent in previous years. I could not even touch my toes while bending over. Yoga increases your flexibility through the bodily moves you do. The moves I was doing, I had never done before, but the more I have done them, the easier it becomes and the better it felt doing them. The reason for this is, the body gains a wider range of motion as it gets into a routine of using them motions.
My improved flexibility has also prevented me from getting as many injuries as I used to, having played football for ten years, I had racked up unnecessary injuries and niggles. However, performing such moves as the chair pose and easy pose, my ankle strength has only got better and better.
The more I have done yoga, the more benefits I have encountered. There are so many benefits you gain from participating in doing yoga. The benefits of doing yoga include:
Doing yoga has vastly improved my life.
After doing yoga for a couple of years, I changed my yoga style. It became more focused on a particular type of yoga, Vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa Yoga is a fast-paced style of yoga, as you perform with continuous movement. As I am a runner, this style attracted me as it also helps with endurance. I also tried the Yoga Burn Challenge, it's a great course if you are looking to lose weight!
If that does not sound like the right style for you. There are eight other main styles to pick out of, as a ninety-year-old and a twenty-year-old most likely will not be doing the same actions. All styles of something different depending on what you are looking for in particular. Here are the nine types.
Ashtanga – six strict poses which increase internal heat
Bikram – Routine based, as the same twenty-six poses are used
Hatha – A slower pace, great for beginners
Hot – As the name suggests, it will leave you dripping in sweat, as it is performed in a heated room
Iyengar - (Speak to a Doctor First) Performed normally with injuries, all about precision and detail
Kundalini – Very spiritual and breathe based. Many celebrities prefer to do this style
Restorative – Used on recovery days for athletes. Very slow allowing for deep relaxation
Yin – Creating that piece of mind, Zen, creating you to stretch and unwind
Yoga is a great pass time, as before I had aches and pains but after really getting into yoga, they have gone.
Everyone should have a yoga journey!
EHI Primary Care is run by Cathy, a 20-something fitness guru and yoga enthusiast. This is my blog, where I cover all sorts of topics around my healthy lifestyle.