>Being Gentle on yourself through Yoga

I speak a lot about yoga and meditation because I really believe in it.

It has not only helped me in times of crisis, it helps me everyday.

I have practiced for many years and I  have taught yoga.

Today, I will explain the different types of yoga as an introduction for some of my readers so that they can understand why it is a great way to get in touch with yourself.
hatha Yoga: In our Western society, we thing of yoga as a physical exercise ( asanas) and breathing techniques ( pranayama).
But hatha Yoga is simply one route toward the ultimate aim of yoga, which is to be at peace with ourselves and become aware that there is a connection with everything else in the universe.

Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago.

Other forms of yoga include:
 bhaki Yoga- people following the path to the end state of harmonious union.

karma Yoga: the path of religious worship by doing selfless service for others such as Mother Teresa who honored this path of yoga.

jnana Yoga- studying yogic philosophy

raja Yoga– meditation
lyengar yoga- the most practiced form of yoga across the globe, it focuses on alignment and precision in the physical postures using props such as blocks and belts, and offers a sound foundation for beginners.
There is also power yoga- called Ashtanga vinyasa which is a seamless flow of postures.
If you enjoy chanting and a focus on breathing meditation and energy-raising techniques- find Sivananda or Kundalini yoga.
For people with health problems:
The therapeutic lyengar yoga or Viniyoga which tailors sequences of posing to suit your particular healing needs.
Many of us who start out on the yoga path begin with hatha Yoga because it is the physical aspect of yoga. We are interested in increasing our well-being and health along with achieving more inner peace.
How do you begin to put some yoga into your life?
1. Begin by accepting yourself where you are now- physically and mentally. Know that you will become more skillful at postures as you practice. Do not struggle with yoga.

2. Have a sense of humor about learning new things in life. Be kind to your body, and your mind will also start to unwind.

3. Be patient with yourself and watch your breath. Do not push yourself to complete every pose perfectly. Let go and enjoy the bliss of yoga!

What is the most important aspect for beginners to yoga?
Finding a teacher who inspires you and in the end, this matters more than the type of yoga you follow.

Taken in part from:Grime, L. ( 2008) 15 Minute Gentle Yoga.  New York, NY.  Metro Books.