The Benefits of Yoga & Meditation

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The Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

In today’s environment, many people are suffering with the stress and anxiety of day to day living and are finding themselves unable to cope with life’s little emergencies. Prescription drugs are on the rise due to the increasing need for people to deal with their stress and anxiety. However, many people are searching for ways to be less stressed and live a happy and healthy life without drugs. If stress and anxiety are getting the best of you, then think about grabbing a mat and giving yoga and meditation a spin. With that in mind, this paper will take a look at the benefits of yoga and meditation to create a more peaceful and healthy lifestyle.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a centuries-old Eastern
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While vinyasa is less intensive then ashtanga, it is still not for the faint of heart. * Bikram – This method of yoga that is a comprehensive workout that includes all the components of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular flexibility and weight loss” (Mats, LLC, 2013). This style is the only form of yoga that has participants in a heated room that is between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature promotes detoxification, flexibility and less chance for injuries. Athletes that enjoy bikram yoga are Serena Williams and David Beckham. (Millado, 2012) * Iyengar – Considered one of the more therapeutic types of yoga, this style highlights alignment through the use of props such as chairs, blankets, blocks, straps and pillows. Transition from one pose to the next is slower and each pose is held for a minute or so with care to breathing in between. This style is especially good for beginners, elderly, sick and disabled and is one of the most popular styles of yoga. Although he incorporates a number of yoga styles, Adam Levine from the band Maroon 5 and The Voice, practices iyengar. (Hooper, 2011) * Kundalini – This form of yoga tends to be one of the more controversial and powerful of the styles practiced by yoga followers. It concentrates on awakening the energy located at the base of one’s spine and bringing


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