Yoga 101: Methods of yoga for beginners

Those  who are new to yoga (and those who’ve been practicing for a longer duration), there are a lot of different yoga styles to understand what they are. Read further to understand a bit more about the different styles and what benefits they can offer you, so that you can understand the know how’s of what’s what in a class. Remember, each style will be different depending on the teacher so it’s also great to try a few until you find the teachers and classes that you love.

Try to understand that Yoga is not about clicking pictures while posing, but its an internal practice to prepare your body for meditation.

The Great enlightened master Patanjali was the great inner scientist of the inner world and founder of the system of yoga. Patanjali codified, or compiled in a systematic way, the art and science of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras succinctly outlines the art and science of Yoga for Self-Realisation. Patanjali is known as the ‘Father of Yoga’ because every yoga system, in the thousands of systems that are available today all over the world have their roots in Patanjali’s teachings.The methods described in the Yoga Sutras were being practiced as early as 3000 B.C.

The basics

In yoga, we need to bring our attention to the breath and focus inward. It is essentially an exercise connecting the breath to our mind and physical movement (body ) and the spirit. The Asanas ( postures) and postures such as sun salutations are evident across all styles. If you haven’t yet done yoga, then its always better to join classes of each styles and then asses what works for you the best. Try to attend a class for at least 12 sessions to understand and feel the changes within you. Because remember ‘ Once is not enough’ ( read the article to understand why )

Hatha

Hatha yoga is the perfect practice to start with. It is a series of simple and gentle asanas which are more static than some other styles such as Ashtanga or Vinyasa. These lengthen and strengthen the body and are designed to open physical self, improve flexibility, build self-esteem, release emotional turmoil and expand your sense of self-awareness and connection with your body. In this amazing stye of yoga, eyes can be kept closed to reduce distraction and help you be present in the moment. You can Get in touch With Namratha @Nikaya Yoga. We host this style of yoga @ 1000 Petals, Indiranagar, Bangalore.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow classes flow continuously through basic yoga poses. The style is flowing and fluid. It connects the breath to movement and is designed to improve flexibility, strength and mindfulness. Vinyasa is the perfect style to choose if you have been practicing Hatha yoga and are looking for something more energetic. The difference between Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga is that Vinyasa Flow doesn’t follow the same sequence of postures while Ashtanga does.

Yin

In Yin yoga, you move slowly through the asanas (postures) holding them for extended periods of time. By doing so, you turn your focus inwards, breathing deeply and meditating in pose. Yin yoga classes often use props such as blocks and blankets to support you in your poses. It’s the perfect choice to de-stress, reduce anxiety and recharge. Our Yin classes always finish with a short meditation to restore your focus and leave you feeling refreshed and in tune with your mind and body.   Get in touch with our friend Sanjana at Nikaya Yoga to book yourself a class at Smriti Nandan, Palace road Bangalore.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga is a faster practice of set postures flowing from one to another with strength and grace. The original flow practice from India, other similar styles, such as Vinyasa Flow (above) and Power Yoga are influenced and inspired from this traditional method. Ashtanga follows a fixed number of postures, carried out in the same order, focusing on connecting the breath (pranayama) to the movement (vinyasa). Due to the fast-paced nature of the style and the deep focus on the breath, it can be a challenging practice for those not familiar with it, however, it’s incredibly rewarding and improves your strength and stamina. 

Iyengar – Based on the teachings of the Master Yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this style of practice is most concerned with bodily alignment. In yoga, the word alignment is used to describe the precise way in which your body should be positioned in each pose in order to obtain the maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar practice usually emphasizes holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Also, Iyengar practice encourages the use of props, such as yoga blankets, blocks and straps, in order to bring the body into alignment.

Sivananda – The first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center was founded in 1959 by Swami Vishnu-devananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda. There are now close to 80 locations worldwide, including several ashram retreats. Sivananda yoga is based upon five principles: Proper exercise (Asana, focusing on 12 poses in particular); Proper breathing (Pranayama); Proper relaxation (Savasana); Proper diet (Vegetarian); Positive thinking (Vedanta) and meditation (Dhyana). Get In touch with our friend @alk Esh to understand more about the same.

Power Yoga – is a general term used in the West to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. Though many consider it to be “gym yoga,” this style of practice was originally closely modeled on the Ashtanga method. The term came into common usage in the mid-1990s from USA born Bender Birchin, a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher, to make Ashtanga yoga more accessible to western students, though, unlike Ashtanga, power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely. With its emphasis on strength and flexibility, power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America, as people began to see yoga as a way to work out. (Please understand that you should be practicing this style only after 6 months of traditional yoga practice)

Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga is a gentle and slow-paced style with a focus on helping you relax, recharge and restore your mind and body. Incorporated within the style is deep breathing, relaxation techniques and light poses. It’s a beautiful style to help you de-stress and achieve a sense of balance. You’ll come away feeling calm and light in both mind and body.

The yoga styles we’ve outlined are the most prevalent styles. The most important tip is just to start. Book into a class and discover how the experience feels. You’ll experience the greatest benefits when practicing consistently. So don’t give up after one class, continue on with your practice to really understand how it can improve your everyday life and overall wellbeing.

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Documentaries that raise your consciousness Part 1

We at 1000 Petals are always on a journey to raise your consciousness and vibrations to enhance your being.

Here are top ten documentaries that will help you in your journey.

Here is a playlist containing all of the free documentaries we recommend for the expansion and evolution of consciousness. Are there any others you think should be added to this playlist? Are there any you think should be removed? Why? Feel free to voice your opinion.

No.10) Spiritual Reality Power of meditation

No.09) A virus Called Fear

No. 08) Kymatica

 

No. 07)  Consciousness Mechanics: The Movie

 

No.06)  The Primacy of Consciousness – Graphic reproduction

 

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Documentaries that raise your consciousness Part 2

And the top 5 list of the bestConsciousness documentaries Continues ….

No.05) One – Peter Russell – Reflections on Oneness

No.04) Beyond Our Sight – documentary

No.03) The Story Of Earth And Life

No.02) DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

No.01) Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds

Have fun over the weekend friends….  And do let us know your comments, thoughts on the same
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Attract Abundance Now!!!

Everything in the universe is linked, including nature and individual people. Universal laws operate at all times, affecting all things. The universe intends for everyone to have the best possible outcomes, whether this is happiness, achievements or material abundance. The goal is for people to live a fulfilling and satisfying life.

  1. Have Clear Intentions

Work out in which areas of life you want to start receiving abundance. You must be clear about your goals and have a strong wish to make it happen. Motivation and determination are key aspects. Set your intentions in clear and positive terms. You can focus on any area of your life, but it is perhaps better to focus on one area at a time to prevent confusion.

  1. Think Positively

Like attracts like, so positive thoughts will attract positive outcomes. Similarly though, negative thoughts will attract negative outcomes.

Negative feelings act as a block and prevent abundance. Fear, anxiety, stress, pessimism, sadness, jealousy and resentment can all stop people from receiving abundance. It is vital that these feelings are released in order to attract abundance in any form. Meditation can help to focus on the present, which in turn can help people to rid themselves of negative feelings and have a more positive outlook on life.

  1. Use Visualisations

Visualise vividly how your life will be with the things you desire. Imagine having them right now, in the present moment. Picture yourself clearly, allow yourself to really feel having them.

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  1. Use Affirmations

Use affirmations to keep your desires focused. Repeat them on a regular basis. Believe that your dreams have already been realised when you say your affirmations. Perhaps write down your thoughts on post it notes and place them in prominent places around your home to constantly remind you of your positive wishes.

  1. Do Not Think About the “How”

Do not think about how you want things to happen. This can limit the ways that the universe works to create reality. Instead, focus on the end result and leave the how to greater forces.

  1. Do Not Set a Time Frame

Do not set a time limit for abundance to manifest. Set your intention, keep that intention, and know that it will happen at the right time. Keep an open mind about when and how your dreams will be realised.

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  1. Be Generous

Think about ways that you can give something to the world without expecting anything in return. Sending out the impression of abundance creates a sense of existing abundance that will attract like back to you. Expect to receive in return, although not explicitly from the source that you gave to. You can give money, perhaps by making a charitable donation. You can help someone in need, for example by giving directions to somebody who is lost in an unfamiliar town. You could show love, kindness and compassion to someone in distress. There are many ways that you can give.

Do not break the flow of abundance. Instead of keeping a tight hold on anything that you receive, allow some to pass on to others. Be generous with the world and the world will be generous with you.

  1. Take Positive Action

Take positive action to help your dreams come true. If you see opportunities, chase them. Yu cannot just sit back and expect things to just happen; some input from you is required. Life will present opportunities which you must seize and pursue.

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  1. Have Self-Belief

Really believe deep inside that you can achieve anything that you intend to achieve. Have confidence and an unwavering will.

  1. Show Gratitude

Stop focusing on what you perceive to be lacking and be grateful for what you actually do have right now. Also, be grateful for all that you do receive. Do not forget to say thank you and express sincere gratitude.

  1. Look for Coincidences

Pay close attention to seemingly coincidental events; there are no coincidences and everything happens for a reason. You must learn to interpret and act on things that present to you.

  1. Allow Yourself to Receive

Do not resist things from happening. Stay in a state of allowing. Adopt an attitude that allows you to receive things.

 

 

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