Why you need a yoga instructor
Article by Ruben Alvarez
As an ancient form of exercise, yoga uses certain postures combined with a series of specific breathing techniques in order to improve physical and emotional health. There is a great variety of yoga techniques which are practiced nowadays. The choice of certain yoga techniques over others comes down to personal choice, since every person has an individual way of judging physical and spiritual growth. The difference between the yoga techniques usually lies in the yoga positions, postures or asanas as they are also called. That is why one needs a yoga instructor to guide them through different yoga techniques in order to make sure that they are done in a correct and safe manner.
There are several ways to find out what yoga techniques best work for you, thus you can visit a yoga studio and even take a few classes or you can access the Internet to find out the most comprehensive information about yoga techniques (background, postures, health benefits). For yoga practice at home, there are lots of DVDs and videos which teach yoga, and it is sometimes more affordable and money-wise than going to take different classes.
There are five specific yoga techniques which are usually followed by yoga practitioners. These are: the proper posture, the proper joint movement, controlled breathing, meditation and total relaxation. The common belief among yoga practitioners is that these five techniques combined improve the health of the mind and body. You can perform yoga while sitting, standing or lying. Furthermore, there are different difficulty degrees in performing yoga techniques, and they have to be adapted to the level of yoga knowledge of the apprentice.
The masters or the gurus may perform yoga techniques which go beyond the level of the five standards mentioned above. For example, Hong-Sau is a technique that insists on the use of the inner capacity of concentration in order to overcome all the surrounding distractions when focusing on a specific target. Aum is another yoga technique; its purpose is to extend one’s awareness beyond the usual human awareness. Nevertheless, such superior yoga techniques can be gradually reached or approached by anyone who makes progress with the practice. Overall, yoga techniques of any kind significantly contribute to health improvement. Those who practice yoga on a regular basis report an overall sense of well being with increased fitness, flexibility, energy, and mental wellness.
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