Find the right type of yoga for you

Yoga | 2015-04-20 14:49:07

Find the right type of yoga for you

There are many schools and styles of yoga, the EQ Love team helps you find the style of yoga that fits you the best !

Winter is coming on and the change in daylight hours has put an end to your long evening surf sessions? To avoid the winter blues, why not try a new activity that will enable you to find peace and serenity while maintaining excellent physical form throughout the year. Enough of pre-conceived ideas, yoga is accessible to everybody and does not require any special condition, just the willingness to discover the full potential of this incredible lifestyle.
There are many benefits to yoga, which is recognized for its virtues of physical, mental and spiritual relaxation. Regular practice enables a genuine awareness and greater mastery of the body, allowing the union of a healthy body and mind.

Yoga is for everyone and can be practised by people of any age, but it is important to identify the type of yoga that suits you and your needs, desires and expectations.
Today there are many schools and styles of yoga and it can sometimes be a little confusing:
On the occasion of the release of the new EQ Yoga Mat, the EQ Love team helps you to understand them more clearly by presenting several types of yoga that are commonly practised in the West.

Yoga is primarily a state of mind and the state of mind you practice in makes all the difference. It is also essential to be well equipped, thanks to comfortable clothes and a suitable yoga mat, enabling you to practice with optimum conscience and enjoy the many benefits of yoga such as serenity, calmness and relaxation.
Yoga was born in India over 2,000 years ago, and has long been present in the West in various forms. Each type of yoga has developed according to the philosophy of the master that developed it. The intensity of the practice and the content of a session are different depending on the type of yoga chosen, but all practices aim to establish a harmony between the body and the mind.

Common Practices

Hatha Yoga

It is the most widespread form of yoga in the West. Hatha Yoga. It is based on a sequence of postures (asanas), associated with the control of breathing (pranayama) and relaxation with techniques of concentration, allowing the union and control of the body and the senses. This form of yoga is ideal for all beginners and allows you to learn the basics of yoga.

Vinyasa Yoga

In Sanskrit, the term Vinyasa means etymologically, Nasya – place and Vi – in a certain way.
The principle of this style of yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, is that the sequence of positions allows the expression of fluid breathing in symbiosis with the movements. This results in harmonious and homogeneous movements, which are linked to favour the expression of the body.
This form of yoga mainly works on flexibility, balance, harmony and concentration.

Dynamic Practices

Asthanga Yoga

Asthanga yoga is a more physical form of yoga which transforms the classical Hatha Yoga into a dynamic form requiring strength and flexibility as well as stability and endurance. Breathing exercises are associated with a rapid sequence of postures to purify the body. This energetic form is ideal for people in good physical condition as well as athletes.

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga focuses on postures aimed at the maintenance of alignment and balance. This form is rigorous and requires precision. Some accessories may be used (bolsters, bricks, straps) to help the body maintain the correct postures. Iyengar can have a therapeutic value for individuals with certain limitations that they must work on. The learning curve is progressive and without risk.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga has appeared recently and is very popular in the West. It is practised in an overheated room at 40°C and consists of a sequence of 26 postures in one and a half hours. The heat enables the deep stretching of the entire body and promotes the elimination of toxins by boosting the immune system. This type of yoga is directed towards beginners as well as more experienced adepts, on the condition of being in very good physical condition.

Meditative Practices

Viniyoga Yoga

Viniyoga is a delicate form of yoga for therapeutic use to deal with health problems. It is characterized by the integration of movement and breathing as well as meditation exercises and the study of traditional texts. The teaching is adapted to each individual.

Namaste !


More info about the EQ yoga mat:

The EQ yoga mat is made from a newly developed and patented material called TPE foam (Thermal Plastic Elastomer). The mat contains no latex, PVC or rubber. No toxic material is used in its production and it is fully recyclable.

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