I believe that yoga and exercise are for everyone and understand that every person is unique. I am passionate about helping people discover the amazing benefits of yoga, exercise and healthy eating and I enjoy sharing the experience with them. For me, yoga is more than just asanas on the mat, I try to live my practice daily.
Both styles are power yogas, but they differ in various ways: Ashtanga builds internal heat whereas Bikram studio is external. Bikram yoga follows a sequence of 26 poses to strengthen muscles and compress organs, Ashtanga looks more to finding one's own physical, emotional and mental level, ultimately to make the impossible-possible.
Begin by practicing Surya Namaskar for 15 mins a day. Decide which direction you will face on your mat, and place a candle or make a small alter at the front. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Respect your body and do yoga poses gently with a smile. Doing them fast will not bring faster results. It will only make the practice more difficult and painful.
Don't disregard pain - you should feel no twitch or pain around the knee area. If you do, stop and re-align. Warm up - knee pain could be a result of hips area lacking flexibility. Warm up before your yoga exercise. Use your feet - pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Micro bend your knees - give your knees a little bend without locking them. Use props.
A study proves that Breast Cancer survivors found yoga, especially deep breathing and slow stretching helpful in reducing inflammation and pain. Meditation and breathing exercises resulted in better sleep and eating habits which in turn resulted in increased feeling of vitality, which counters anxiety, depression and fatigue that is experienced by cancer survivors.
Practicing yoga has a number of health benefits for women like reducing stress, relief from body aches, gives the body a good workout and practicing the Sun Salutations gets the heart pumping, helps in improving breathing capacity along with respiratory function, helps women’s bodies cope with pregnancy body changes and prepares the body for labor.