Perhaps the most commonly practiced and well-known form of Yoga is what’s known as Hatha Yoga. Hatha essentially translates in Sanskrit to the word “force” and is derived from two separate words (“Ha” meaning “sun”, and “Tha” meaning “moon”). Duality between mind and body.It is rooted in the fundamental belief, as stated before, that control over one’s own body can ultimately lead to control over the mind and the ability to ease the constant barrage of thoughts that so often overwhelm our daily minds.
If you are looking for something less intensive, are suffering from some medical ailment or are perhaps just getting on in years, than Restorative Yoga may be more up to your speed.
It aims to increase physical dynamics in those who might otherwise find themselves compromised in that realm. Generally, most of the poses are done lying on one’s back.
This form of Yoga is what’s known as “prop-based” Yoga- it may involve blocks, cushions or blankets that help to assist the practitioner and maximize both their mobility and comfort level.
If relaxation is what you’re looking for, many will tell you that restorative Yoga is second to none. It helps to release tension in the muscles and alleviate overall rigidity throughout the body.
Its pace is slower than most, focuses heavily on the breathing element of the Yogic experience and is generally geared towards overall stress relief.
Some postures are designed to be quite relaxing, while others are designed to be extremely challenging. For many it will be difficult to know exactly what’s right for you until you get out there and try it.
If you are looking to become serious about more intensive Yoga it is still good to start off small and build your way up, lest you “burn yourself out”, so to speak.
In order to withstand the postures (and they will become more intense as one progresses through the itinerant ladder of Yoga) one must be of strong enough mind to hold the aforementioned poses, sometimes for extended periods of time, depending on their age, physical health and determination.
It may look easy from an outsider’s point of view, but ask anybody who’s ever held a Crow’s Pose for 5 minutes if it was relaxing and they are likely to tell you it was as intense as an uphill sprint or an intense round of weightlifting. The physical inertia required is reinforced by a strict focus of the mind in order to maintain position. It requires complete and total psychic precision.
At first, to the novice, it may feel like torture. But as one continues with their Yogic practices, slowly they will begin to transcend the physical unpleasantries that accompany the serious practice of Yoga.Their mind becomes so focused on the balance of the body- the structure of the position- that at some stage one reaches a “crossing point“, whereby the mind can focus on the Yoga pose and nothing more, because the Yoga pose requires undivided attention and a disciplined strength of the mind.
It is here where many will find a psychic symbiosis occurs between mind and body.
Two become one.
The body cannot hold pose without the complete and utter sacrifice of the mind; the mind in turn, cannot be truly focused without the discipline the pose demands.
A convergence occurs, and the discomfort subsides.
It is here where, if you are blessed enough to have dedicated yourself to the practice of the body/mind synergy of science and art that is Yoga that you may find the third entity: The spirit.
To be continued...
These are Excerpts taken from - The Truth about Yoga