The name itself conjures up images of people sitting in a meditation pose or balancing on one foot while stretched out reaching for the edge of the earth.
A great misconception is that it has evolved from Hinduism; the truth is it predates the religion by several thousand years. The exact time frame when yoga was conceived is uncertain but it is believed by many scholars to be more than 3,000 years in the making. The earliest texts found that reference yoga was written by a scholar named Patanjali.
Yoga is not founded on a religious belief; there is no deity or central figure to be worshipped in a set time, place or manner. The word itself means “to join together or combine or commingle.” The three sections of breathing, exercise and meditation are designed to bring one’s mind and body together in a harmonious exercise.
There are many different forms of yoga, some of which are: Ananda, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Integral, ISHTA, Jivamukti, Kali Ray, Kripalu, Kundalini, Iyengar, Phoenix Rising, Power Yoga, Restorative, Sivananda, Svaroopa, Tibetan, Viniyoga, Vinyasa, White Lotus, and Yin.
While these names may seem strange to our everyday healthy living, each form has its own set of practices, poses, meditations, and targeted areas of well-being.
Our goal is to provide detailed and creative articles for our reading audience about the many different forms of available Yoga. While it is not our purpose to endorse any particular one, we do want to provide an informative overview of these to help empower and promote balance to an individual, and be a healthy alternative and benefit in a person’s daily life.
Yoga and Meditation: