Natural Remedies 5: Yoga

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      The fifth class at Natural Remedies was about yoga. (The first one: http://moshimoshimo.spaces.live.com/blog/cons!1D0F2197A6F55843!2040.entry , the second one: http://moshimoshimo.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1D0F2197A6F55843!2071.entry , and the third one: http://moshimoshimo.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1D0F2197A6F55843!2081.entry , the fourth one: http://moshimoshimo.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1D0F2197A6F55843!2146.entry)

     Ah…yoga! I’ve tried it only once. That was just a year ago. It was called Hatha Yoga, and I did it outside. Doing exercise outside was so nice, but my body was too stiff to do yoga…So I gave up doing yoga at that time.

     Yoga was born in India about 5000 years ago. It’s a healing philosophy and means unite of mind, body, and spirit. People can practice focusing, train bodies, release stress and so on by using different postures called asanas in yoga.

     The students in the class of Natural Remedies learned about 4 different types of yoga: Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga.

Bikram Yoga

     It’s known as hot yoga and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 40.5℃, or 105℉ with a humidity of 50%. Classes are guided by specific dialogue including 26 postures and two breathing exercise. You need to pay great attention to detail and precise focus on body alignment with the use of props. Nowadays it may be becoming the most popular in Japan.

    ★Iyengar Yoga

      It’s named by the founder’s name. You need focuses on the structural alignment of the physical body through the development of asanas. Unchanging sequence of postures designed as a rejuvenating exercise strengthens your entire body from head to toe.

      Hatha Yoga

     Hatha means sun and moon. It’s important for it to balance mind and body via physical exercises, controlled breathing and calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. For most westerners, “Yoga” means Hatha Yoga, which is practiced for mental and physical health throughout the West.

          ★Ashtanga Yoga

     It means eight limbs originally and is practiced by eight things: moral codes, self purification, posture, breath control, sense control, concentration, meditation, and contemplation. It’s focused by co-ordination of breath and movement. It’s very physically active.

     In the end of the class, we tried a sequence of yoga for beginners by using a video featuring Rodney Yee. One sequence is only 8 minutes and even I was able to do it in spite of that my body is not supple. There’s a pose called namaste in the sequence, and as you know, namaste is a greeting word in India and Nepal. But my teacher told us the meanings of it.


I honor the spirit in you which is also in me.
I salute the god within you.
I recognize that we are all equal.

     What wonderful phrases! It’s difficult for me to practice yoga because of my body’s stiffness, but I’d like to have its philosophies. Interestingly, tai chi’s philosophies and exercise routines and posture and breathing are quite similar. But tai chi is not as tough as yoga. So I’m going to keep on practicing tai chi.

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