Yoga is a Hindu practice of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is attaining of a state of adept devotional awareness and composure. The word is associated with contemplative practices with religions like Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The goals of yoga are diverse and range from improving health and physical awareness. As to date there have been many adaptations of this mental exercise from all over the archipelago. Yoga has many positive results like; it will make you stronger, faster and more capable in your body. Yoga has been proven effective by many people already. Even celebrities can attest that yoga is helpful; Michelle Williams, Heather Graham, Adam Levine, Alexandra Ambrosio, Jon Bon Jovi and Miranda Kerr. For Miranda Kerr, after giving birth to her daughter Giselle she credited yoga for losing weight. With Adam Levine, Yoga carves you into a different person and gives more strength. Jon Bon Jovi 48-year-old rocker he found yoga the new exercise of choice that have made him a gym to yoga enthusiast.
You can see different styles of yoga in all parts of the world from India where it originated there are Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini and Iyengar. Hatha, described as forced yoga or abstract meditation forcing the mind to withdraw from external objects. Ashtanga is a vigorous yoga exercise. The practice includes four main parts and a set of inverted asanas, called as the “finishing sequence” Kundalini Yoga means coiled it covers almost all aspect in aiming for perfect meditation. Iyengar Yoga is commonly known for using props like belts and blankets. Iyengar Yoga is focused on details and body framework.
In the Philippines, laughter yoga is the widely practiced yoga style. Laughter is nature’s best and fastest stress buster. Laughter yoga firmly believes that everyone is an extended family. As what is the popular saying goes laughter is the best medicine. Laughter uplifts our spirit, makes us feel good and improve our behavior towards others. With chanting in unison and breathing it gives us more chance in developing our well-being. Laughter is special if shared with family and friends. According to surveys the happiest people in the world are from the Philippines. This yoga style is commonly practiced by many people. Laughter has many positive and great healing effects.
In the United States of America, Kriya Yoga attributed for mental direction especially on six spinal centers. For Americans, different yoga styles in all parts of the world adapted and lived upon. It has played an important role in shaping and forming their physical and mental exercise. It has also sharpened their skills in training, dedication, passion and devotion to sports. They aim to show the people that they are passionate enough in developing their health and mental alertness.
In Canada, one of common yoga style is Ananda, is an effort bring back the Hatha Yoga. The main goal of this yoga style is to increase awareness on students and is highly based on relaxation. A Canadian person is mixed and universal. Their yoga styles depict their love for life and health.
To sum it all different yoga styles in all parts of the world has diversity and the common goal is to established awareness and physical well-being. In spite of the difference their similar mission is to have a quality life for every people and enjoy the beauty of life.