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Is it always neccesary to follow a series or can you do random asanas for ashtanga yoga?

Is it always neccesary to follow a series or can you do random asanas for ashtanga yoga?

Ashtanga: Ashtanga yoga is designed as a progressive series of postures used with synchronized breathing. So random posture changes may not yield the same benefits. ...Read more

Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more


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Which is easier on the body: hatha or ashtanga yoga?

Which is easier on the body: hatha or ashtanga yoga?

Hatha: Hatha yoga is probably easier on the body. Here is an article about the differences: http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/356672-difference-between-hatha-yoga-ashtanga-yoga/ as with any yoga class, you should only do what is comfortable for you. Don't compete with others in the class. ...Read more

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Is it beneficial to practice ashtanga yoga twice a day?

Is it beneficial to practice ashtanga yoga twice a day?

Possibly: It depends on your practice and what you mean by "beneficial." physically, spiritually it may be but you also have to be mindful of your body and your boundaries. If your goal is increased awareness of mind, body and their connection, 2x per day may be right for you. If you are feeling pain or strain from this intensity, be cautious. ...Read more

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I hear ashtanga yoga is very good, but what else is there?

For what?: I dont understand what you are asking. Yoga is good in many ways. You ask "what else is there?" for what? ...Read more

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Will practicing ashtanga help me stay relaxed more easily?

Most likely.: Ashtanga yoga combines synchronizing breathing with yoga body postures. Benefits include improved circulation, detoxification and relaxation/ calm. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait after cholecystectomy to start doing different types of yoga asana again?

How long do I need to wait after cholecystectomy to start doing different types of yoga asana again?

Depends: Your surgeon is the best person to ask as he or she know what was done and how soon he will permit you to do anything that might jeopardize his closure. ...Read more

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Why do basic yoga asanas cause me to have the most vivid and terrifying nightmares I have ever had in my life?

Why do basic yoga asanas cause me to have the most vivid and terrifying nightmares I have ever had in my life?

Yoga & dreaming: Yoga allows you to access aspects of your physical experience that you might have ignored up until now -- and with it, possibly triggering sensations that are associated with fearful responses. Other possibilities that your yoga teacher may describe for you, are the idea of energetic awakening, called "kundalini" energy. This can be frightening for some people -- has been for some of my patients. ...Read more

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What is yoga?

What is yoga?

Many varieties: Yoga is a Hindu discipline of various techniques to integrate mind, body and spirit, improve physical health and grow spiritually. There are many types of yoga. Hatha yoga, the stretches that improve physical health, is very popular but the forms that emphasize meditation and breathing are also very beneficial. See http://tinyurl.com/q5mrqxv for more detailed descriptions of diff. types of yoga. ...Read more