Hatha yoga vs ashtanga

There are many distinct types of yoga. The one type of yoga that you decide to go with is determined by your objectives when taking a yoga class. To be better informed, we are going to look at Hatha yoga vs Ashtanga, two types of yoga that have some very specific and particular benefits. Hatha yoga is not a distinct style; it is a form of yoga that concentrates on slower paced exercises. It focuses on positions, and in a Hatha class, you can expect to hold positions, known as Asana, for long a long time. Hatha yoga also focuses a lot on breathing, and sometimes involves meditation. That is why this meditation is of immense benefit when practising Hatha yoga for BP control. Ashtanga yoga is usually considerably faster paced than Hatha because Ashtanga Yoga emphasises breathing control (pranayama) when holding and changing positions. A look at Hatha yoga vs Ashtanga will reveal that with Ashtanga yoga, one changes position much faster and it is more likely to break a sweat in class.

Hatha yoga vs Ashtanga


Pregnancy Yoga at Home can Help Your Body get Ready for Labour

Pregnancy yoga at home helps address most physical challenges that come along with pregnancy, including lower back pain and a shifted gravity centre. Yoga postures for pregnant women help not only alleviate aches but also increase abdominal, back and legs strength in preparation birth. In fact, practising yoga can significantly reduce the discomfort experienced during delivery while easing labour. Hip relaxation moves and using your new gravity centre to your advantage makes yoga a must-do activity that can be done by virtually any would-be mum out there. Approach yoga as a means of becoming emotionally and physically stronger, and you will realise amazing results almost as soon as you start. Even if you have never done yoga before, modified yoga movements are both beneficial and safe for expectant mothers as long as they are done under the instruction of an experienced instructor. In addition, if you are experiencing a difficult pregnancy, you may find some level of comfort in the gentle breathing and motions that encompass yoga. For the would-be mothers who are fitness buffs, you will find that pregnancy yoga at home rivals any other type of workout when it comes to keeping a toned and flexible body, and it can be done right up to delivery. Start today and you will love the yoga flow to a comfortable delivery experience.

5 yoga poses to reduce belly fat that you can start today


Stress is one of the reasons you can’t lose weight. You tend to overeat and work out less when your mind is occupied. Among the fat accumulated in the body, belly fat is the most difficult to get rid of. Yoga can be the answer to this problem, as it is not simply exercise, but a lifestyle that takes care of the mind as well as the body. There are 5 yoga poses to reduce belly fat. Bhujangasana, or the cobra pose is the first one. It requires lying on your belly and using your arms to lift your upper body off the ground like the head of a cobra. This pose is the most effective in reducing belly fat and strengthening the arms. The second one is called the bow posture, or Dhanurasana. You start by lying face down, bending your knees and then grabbing your feet with your hands to form a bow with your body. The third pose is the Naukasana, or the boat posture. Which you start by lying on your back, keeping your legs and upper body straight while lifting them up keeping your hips firmly on the ground. The fourth is the board pose. It requires holding your body weight on your arms and legs, much like you were about to do a push-up. This pose is very effective in getting rid of belly fat and strengthening the shoulders. The last pose in this series of 5 yoga poses to reduce belly fat, is the Pawanmuktasana. This requires pulling your bent knees on your stomach while lying on your back. This pose not only reduces belly fat but does wonders for the digestive system. All these poses are very easy to learn, and you can start practising them today.

Prenatal yoga asanas for health

Prenatal yoga asanas are specially made for pregnant women. Pregnancy causes a shift in the centre of gravity that can cause lower back pain due to the pressure of your growing womb. Yoga for would be mummies has these prenatal yoga asanas. There are three asanas that will help strengthen legs, back, and abdominal muscles which helps a great deal while giving birth. The breathing control also helps in removing anxiety and blood pressure issues during pregnancy. Here are the three useful asanas.

(1) The Mountain pose standing – This is the pose generally done at the beginning of every yoga session. Stand with you feet apart and your hand close to heart in a “Namaste” pose. Now take your hands above the head keeping the “Namaste” pose while inhaling and back near the heart while exhaling. Repeat the process 10 times.

(2) Triangle while standing – Stand with weight on left leg and hand on the right hip. Inhale while you move up both the hands joining them together and exhale while bringing it down. Repeat 5 times.

(3) Easy pose – It is the padmasana with comfort for women and should be done while meditating. A session of 15 minutes daily removes anxiety and stress.

Ashtanga Yoga: A Man´s Exercise

Ashtanga Yoga complements rugby training perfectly

Ashtanga yoga has become increasingly popular in New Zealand in recent years. In India, the home of yoga, it is common for men to practice yoga and in fact, the most revered practitioners are normally men. In Western culture, however, we still view yoga as primarily a woman´s stretching exercise. I want to explain that this is a misconception and yoga deserves to be more popular with men. In New Zealand, guys normally are drawn to exercises that need endurance and power, like weight training and running; or to competitive sports like rugby. Yoga is viewed very differently to these kinds of activities and so yoga for men is not very common. Ashtanga yoga is one of the most rapid and demanding forms of yoga. You will need to move between poses with little rest in between. For advanced forms, great flexibility and strength are needed. Ashtanga yoga improves muscular strength and endurance and of course increases flexibility. While competition is not a part of yoga, it will certainly bring out the urge to be the best, as you strive to advance to more challenging poses. The great thing about yoga is that it is a complete form of exercise that puts little strain on the body. This means it is a perfect complement to competitive sports and strength training. This hasn’t escaped the attention of professional athletes, more and more of whom are adding yoga to their regimes. All Blacks veteran front rower Owen Franks is one player who is reputed to use yoga as a way to balance his gruelling playing and training routine.

Teach yoga to your children

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Teaching yoga to your children helps them learn disciplined and stay healthy. So what are things to keep in mind while you teach yoga to children? How is it different from teaching adults? Well I will try and answer these questions, here are a few extra things you need to do.

(1) Make learning fun – Kids attention span is lesser than adults due to their super active brains. So you need to make the practice of Yoga fun and like playing.

(2) Have breaks in between – It is easy to make adults sit for an hour long session, but with kids it is impossible. Take breaks in between and play games like imitating animal sounds. The best thing to do is to compare asanas with animals, and you would be amazed at how quickly the kids learn.

(3) Choose asanas with care- Children are born experimenters, so they will readily do the asanas you ask them. Their flexibility also lets them do the poses with ease, but care needs to be exercised with the poses chosen. Some poses are difficult and should be introduced slowly and at the an age appropriate time, as it could lead to injury if too soon. I want to stress that the careful selection of poses to teach to children is very important. To teach yoga to children is fun and with just a little care and thought and you will love teaching them with the added bonus that what they learn can follow them as they grow into adulthood giving life skills that will always be useful.

Rudraksh and Yoga

Rudraksh and Yoga

Rudraksh is the seed of Elicocarpus ganitrus a tree that grows in the high altitudes of Himalayas. The Rudraksh beads are known for their positive vibrations. The bigger beads have less vibrations and the smaller ones have more vibrations. Rudraksh is worn by adiyogi “Shiva” the meditating god. It is especially very good for people who do much travelling. The beads of Rudraksh conserve the vitality and energy and will keep the positive energy flowing through you. The 108 beads mala is known as poorna mala and is used for wearing and chanting also.

Another mystical property of Rudraksh beads is that it indicates the purity of water. Just need to hold the beads above water to test the purity of water. If it moves in the clockwise direction the water is fit for drinking. If the water is contaminated and is not fit for drinking then the beads will move in anti-clockwise direction. The same is true for food good for body and bad for body. You can try this with your own Rudraksh mala.

  • Rudraksh is considered the incarnation of adiyogi Shiva.
  • There are various benefits of Rudraksh. It brings prosperity and health and drives away negative energy.
  • It is an antidote for scorpion bite. Grind the Rudraksh and make a paste in lime juice for getting rid of the pain which arises after the scorpion bite.
  • Knots after each bead in the mala keeps it separate and makes it easy to count.
  • Genuine 108 counting beads + 1 head bead for yoga and meditation.
  • Used for prayer and wearing around the neck.
  • It can be worn by anybody without any discrimination.