A Few Different and Important Types of Yoga and Meditation

The type of person you are and the lifestyle you lead can affect which methods of yoga and meditation you will be use to help yourself. You will want to evaluate the situations in your life so you can determine what types of meditation that works best for you. Once you have fully learned and practiced your yoga and meditation you will experience many of their benefits including peace of mind, relaxation, and a greater sense of self.

Yoga PracticesTypes of Meditation

The physical part of the yoga lifestyle is called “hatha yoga.” Yoga is a type of exercise combined with specific thoughts and breathing. There are different types of physical exercises you can choose from, depending on how flexible your body is. If you lead an active lifestyle you may enjoy doing yoga styles such as these:

•    Ashtanga Uoga: Ashtanga yoga is a vigorous, fast-paced form of yoga that helps to build flexibility, strength, concentration, and stamina. When doing the activity of Ashtanga yoga, a person moves at a rapid pace through a set of predetermined poses while remaining focused on deep breathing.

•    Vinyasa/power Yoga: Similar to Ashtanga yoga, these are also very active forms of yoga that improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina.

•    Iyengar Yoga: This type of yoga focuses on precise alignment of the poses. Participants may also use “props” such as blankets, straps, mats, blocks, and chairs.

Meditation Practices

Meditation is used just as much as yoga as a way to relieve stress. One of the easiest ways to meditate is to use the breathing method, but there are many other methods you may choose from to use as well.

Breathing Meditation – Take a long, slow, deep breath in. Notice the air filling your lungs. Notice the feelings you get as you breathe in. Then, once your lungs are full of air, hold your breath. Not for long, just a second or two will do fine. But just hold your breath and again notice the sensations that you feel. Finally, slowly and surely, breathe out. Exhale all the air that you have breathed in. this process should take about the same time as it took for you to inhale. You’ll find that after five or ten of these deep breathing exercises, you’ll start to feel calmer and more relaxed. The great thing about this easy meditation technique is that you can do it almost any time, any place.

There are many different individual yoga and meditation practices you can look into to find one that works for you. Once you get in the habit of using them every day you will be able to enjoy all of their incredible benefits. Yoga and meditation can lead you to a greater understanding of the self, less stress, and a closer connection with God. Make sure you look into the different types of yoga and meditation before you start practicing one.

There are hundreds of different types of yoga and meditation. Yoga comes along with many different positions, and each represents a certain force or energy that will be brought into your life. Find the types of yoga and meditation that work for you and don’t feel afraid or shy to try different types!

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best Meditation.com, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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