All about yoga: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

Are you new to the field and want to know everything about the discipline of yoga? You are in the right place. Discover the history of yoga, its secrets, and how to adapt it in your life. I will reveal its benefits to you, but also advise on how to practice in the best possible way: efficiently, in a relaxed way, in regularity, and in complete safety.

1. Is it finally possible to know everything about yoga and its history?

Yoga is a philosophy of life straight from India. Sometimes seen in the West as a simple physical activity, it is however much more than that. Yoga is a lifestyle, it is the practice of meditation, relaxation, but also the search for vital balance and liberation. One of the masters of yoga, Patanjali, wrote a book dedicated to the practice of yoga: the yogas-sutras of Patanjali. Through the article “the 8 limbs of yoga according to patanjali” , discover more in depth the limbs of yoga: yamas, Nyamas, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyhara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi.

2. What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

You wonder if the benefits of yoga are numerous, or if they really exist? “Why is yoga good for you?” will show you the effects of yoga on sleep, stress, aging, muscles, injuries, heart, back, spine, joints, hips, etc. Without forgetting, of course, the psychological benefits: improvement of self-knowledge, learning to let go, the balance of state of mind, etc.

3. What is Hatha yoga?

There are many different styles of yoga: Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga, Yin yoga, Iyengar yoga, etc. “What is Hatha yoga?” emphasizes the first of these: Hatha yoga. Ideal for understanding all types of yoga, it is suitable for beginner yogis, but also for advanced yogis. All you have to do is find out more about this traditional yoga: is it a yoga of postures? Is there a therapeutic aspect? Is its practice slow? 

4. Who is yoga for?

Have no doubts, yoga is a discipline within easy reach, even yours. If you are a stiff person who wants to fill a lack of flexibility, or even if you are already flexible, yoga is for you. It is a gentle physical activity for the body which can however be dynamic. It is therefore aimed at young people, women, men, children, pregnant people, and even the elderly. It can also help you during your rehabilitation and can heal wounds.

Yoga even goes beyond simple physical activity. It is also a discipline that can help to find inner calm, to feel good in your body and in your head, to refuel your energy and to eliminate stress. So who said yoga isn’t for you?

5. How to get started in yoga?

Everything about yoga does not end with its history. To get started in yoga, you need to know where to start. Most of the postures you see on Instagram such as inversions (“headstand” called head postures, for example) are most likely unattainable by now. Don’t panic, it will come with regular practice and a little patience. Start by integrating these 8 basic movements for beginners , such as the pincer pose or the child pose. These postures are accessible without flexibility. You just need to take the time and not skip the steps.

6. What materials do you need to practice yoga?

To practice yoga in good conditions, I advise you to turn to the right equipment. I explain how to choose a yoga mat by helping you determine which brand of yoga to turn to, which materials (PVC, organic rubber), which materials (organic and environmentally friendly, etc. A simple yoga mat is not always enough, which is why there are also yoga accessories : yoga blocks (or bricks) as well as straps.

7. Should you avoid yoga sessions during the menstrual cycle? 

During the period of menstruation, some of us face painful periods, cramps, pain in the stomach, ovaries, lower back, kidneys, etc. Is doing yoga during your period a good solution? Are the postures for opening the pelvis recommended? Should we put aside inversions and twists? What do the principles of Ayurveda say? Find out how to adapt your yoga session with breaths, work on the breath, slow movements, accessories such as bolsters or “bolsters”, postures such as “Savasana” (the corpse posture), etc. Perhaps you will be able to relieve your periods thanks to yoga, without calling a gynecologist?

8. What are the excuses for not doing yoga?

Doing yoga is a good way to: take time, think only of yourself, recharge your batteries, find yourself alone, focus on the present moment, etc. Yet, how many times have you found excuses and canceled a yoga session? The best excuses not to do yoga are various and numerous: having a cold, running out of time, not being accompanied, temperatures, rules, etc. However, I am sure that you will only have to read the previous article not to want to miss a single lesson!

9. All about yoga: how can it improve flexibility?

While yoga doesn’t need to be flexible, yoga can help you gain flexibility. discover the techniques to become flexible: relax the muscles, stretching, asanas (postures), etc. By taking the time and without forcing, learn to do the splits and improve your back flexibility. You will be able to claim one day to make the bridge without forcing, without hurting yourself or risking tearing your adductors.

10. What are the secrets of morning yoga?

Among the best times to do yoga, the morning is one of the most favorable. When faced with a stiff body, a hectic night and limited flexibility, yoga is sure to turn into your best friend. Waking up earlier to practice yoga ensures a gentle awakening full of psychological and moral benefits. After a good night’s sleep and after getting up to speed, you won’t need caffeine or theine to wake up.

11. What are the best postures to become flexible in the legs?

If yoga postures generally allow all parts of the body to be supple, some of them are particularly recognized for their effectiveness on the flexibility of the legs. Through postures such as a wreath, seated angle, downward dog, goddess, triangle, warriors, half-lotus, shoemaker, and many more

12. What is the crow pose or Bakasana?

Have you heard of the raven pose, but you don’t know what it looks like? Do you want to be able to do it, but you lack information? To quickly and effectively learn how to perform the crow pose , there are a few simple (but crucial) steps to follow. So find on the previous link, all my tips and advice to become an expert in crow pose.

13. What is the principle and the benefits of nude yoga?

Everyone practices yoga in their own way. Some people like to practice nude yoga. But what is this principle which seems new and unusual, but which has nevertheless existed since the beginnings of yoga? Despite the prejudices it faces, nude yoga has many followers and it is not for nothing. In addition to the known benefits of yoga, it has many psychological virtues. Discover a discipline that helps you to love yourself and familiarize yourself with your body, but also to reconnect with the very essence of nature.

14. How to achieve the downward dog pose?

The upside-down dog posture is often thought of as a resting posture, and yet it is a mistake. This posture is actually a transition asana that we often find between two postures during flows. Although it is part of the “basic” asanas, its realization is not always obvious. I, therefore, suggest you discover step by step, how to achieve the posture of the dog upside down. I will also show you in pictures the mistakes not to be made.

15. What is the difference between the head up dog and the cobra?

The posture of the head-up dog and the cobra are very baggy. Indeed, they are similar, but they nevertheless present differences that should not be overlooked. So that you can achieve these two poses perfectly and stop mixing them up

16. How to lose weight thanks to yoga?

The primary vocation of yoga is not to lose weight, but it is nevertheless possible to lose weight by practicing it. Should we promote certain postures? Is it necessary to practice every day to see your weight decrease on the scale? To learn more about this topic

17. How to do the headstand: Easy solution for beginners

Headstand, pear tree, head balance, etc. There are as many names as there are variations for this posture. However, if you do not yet know how to perform this posture, I suggest you discover the first steps to do the “traditional” headstand. In this way, you will be able to enjoy all the physical and psychological benefits of this posture. If you are a visual person, find detailed photos and an explanatory video to get into the headstand.

18. Doing yoga at night: 4 good reasons

Anytime is a good time to do yoga. However, depending on the time of day, you can get different benefits from your session. Find out what are the benefits of practicing yoga at night. For your mental health, the quality of your sleep, to get out of your comfort zone and perform, all the tips can be found in the article of the previous link.

19. Become flexible of the back: 16 effective postures

When we talk about flexibility, we can refer to many parts of the body. Becoming flexible in the back is one of the goals many people want. Indeed, being flexible of the back represents many advantages. Not only can it help you achieve certain yoga poses, it goes way beyond that. Softening your back is also making it stronger, strengthening it, reducing pain, and absorbing shocks more easily. Click on the following link to learn more about yoga postures to develop back flexibility.

20. The postures and benefits of twists in yoga

If you have stiff back problems or digestive issues, practicing yoga twists will do you a lot of good. In order to guide you, I have put together several twist postures that you can integrate into your yoga sessions, or practice one after the other.

21. Do the splits: postures and tips

The big gap is a goal that is often found among yogis in general. This posture requires great flexibility of the hips and a good opening of the hips and psoas. While the lateral splits can be acquired quickly by some people, it may take months and years for others to get there. So I am not offering you any miracle recipe to succeed in doing the splits, but postures to work on, as well as advice.

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