Yoga is a science and an art of self-mastery. Regular yoga practices of asanas, meditation and breathing techniques have a profound effect on your capability to master all your emotions. In the procedure of mastering your emotions, yoga truly enables you to tone and strengthen your body.
There are several forms of yoga schools; each tradition provides you with insightful and unique perspectives on yoga. For instance, Bikram Yoga is a yoga that is practiced in a heated room that follows a set sequence of 26 poses, and Sivananda Vedanta is a yoga that focuses on 12primary poses that lay emphasis on awakening your spirituality through Bhakti yoga or chanting.
Regardless of the type or school of yoga practice, the yoga schools share a common thread and a pre-determined set of principles. Diverse traditions might place greater and deeper emphasis on such principles but the true essence of yoga is its strength in diversity and the manner in which it unifies all the traditions.
Yoga basically encourages you to tune in and become knowledgeable about what is going on inside your body. The ability to be aware of your body is a skill and that might take multiple lessons to comprehend, feel and master. This inner awareness about yourself underpins all the asanas and yoga poses, in my perspective, you are motivated to go on within, to explore more about what your body is exactly going through, to listen to your every breath and permit your brain to flow through all the parts of your body, specifically in the areas of resistance or any tightness.
So, after taking all of that into account, it is actually difficult to say that one pose will be harder to master when compared to another.
Types of yoga poses
The poses of yoga come under five chief categories:
- Backward bend poses like the camel, the cobra and locust pose.
- Inverted poses like the shoulder stand or headstand.
- Standing poses, for instance, the triangle pose, the mountain pose or the warrior sequence.
- Twist poses like the half spinal twist.
- Forward bends like the seated angle pose or the seated forward bend.
The shape of your body, strength, and fitness levels have a great impact on how easy or difficult it will be for your practice the diverse yoga poses. For instance, you may have tight hamstrings muscles that make it harder for you to master the complete locust pose whereas your friend might be supple in the hip area and find the pose as doable.
Human nature means that even without realising you will find yourself comparing your ability with the other students in your class. However, focus that energy on bettering yourself and you will be fine.
To sum it all up, regular yoga practice instils a sense of calmness and balance in your body and mind. The tougher poses of yoga you master, the more you will be able to learn about your abilities and test your boundaries.
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