For remaining fit, people try out various things. From exercises to diet controls to supplements, there is no dearth of options. But, lately, people have started to realise the importance of practicing Yoga. Well, what is Yoga? It is the most ancient form of exercise and was practiced in India from time immemorial. It not only increases the immunity in a person but also makes a person strong physically and mentally. Even though there are so many forms of exercises available for remaining fit, the significance of Yoga cannot be ignored. So, in order to make a difference in your life and also in other’s, you can check out Yoga studios and take up various Yoga classes.
Your next question might be about why chose how to find the best Yoga training or Yoga retreats. Well, the answer is that Yoga has its roots in India and there are some really good Yoga schools where you can dive deep into your practise. There are also various Yoga retreats in India, where you will get theoretical as well as practical knowledge of this ancient art.
The major benefit of Yoga is that it makes you stress free and is the most helpful method to get relief from stress and anxiety. And, as more and more people are realizing the importance of Yoga, the demand for good Yoga teachers is also increasing.
How Yoga Changed My Life
I wanted to practise and go deeper into the journey of Yoga. And, after doing a lot of research, I found out that there are some really good Yoga Schools in India. In fact, the best Yoga schools in India will give you the required theoretical as well as practical knowledge. So, I finally chose and enrolled myself for a Yoga training in India. There are a lot of residential Yoga training centres where one can stay for days, week, month and learn.
As per the needs and requirements of the students, various Yoga school will provide varieties of customised training. There are programs and short courses where one can easily learn various styles of Yoga. The different forms of Yoga which are taught include all the contemporary forms of Hatha Yoga like Ashtanga Vinyasa flow, therapeutic yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Sivananda hatha yoga, Yin-Yoga etc. The teachings will be focused on Yoga therapy and for people coming from all sorts of practise and background.
As a practitioner dives deeper into both the physical and mental practises of Yoga, one will understand Yoga not only as physical asanas but the immense healing power it bestows in our body, mind and spirit. Slowly the practise will move from asanas to the subtle practise of Meditation. I personally found this to be highly elevating and healing through self contemplation and observation.
What makes your Yoga practise complete?
- Research and understand the history, tradition and philosophy of Yoga.
- Create an set a goal for inner self discipline. Transformation in this practise will need investment of your time, energy, discipline and self surrender to the practise.
- Learn to pronounce the basic mantras in its proper sound and understand its deep meaning. Sound is a very healing part of Yogic practise.
- Learn various meditation techniques and choose the one that is conducive to your practise and stick with it.
- Discover and test various types of asanas and choose one that suits you the best. Remember this is not a competition but a methodology to keep your body healthy and strong.
- Understand the basics of human body and its anatomy, most importantly yours. Be practical in understanding that some postures might not be suitable according to your body’s anatomy and that acceptance of this helps you transform further.
- Constantly check the Ego that inflates and deflates as you climb the ladder. Be unbiased to it.
- Learn about the ethics and the lifestyle required as a Yoga practitioner. Yamas and Niyamas by Sage Patanjali is a straight forward foundation to all Yogic practise.
- Adapt a simple lifestyle and diet, most preferably vegetarian. Avoid intoxicants of any kind.
- Lastly find a Sangha/ community that will help support and accelerate your spiritual growth and practise.