As a fan of Janelle Monaè, I have been caught on numerous occasions rocking out to her latest single Yoga. However what do we really know about the exercise except for the famous child’s position and downwards facing dog?
Originating from India, Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. There are many forms of yoga you can choose from whether it is for strengthening the core, posture, breathing, toning up or just relaxing.
Vinyasa: Building up on hatha yoga, Vinyasa is a series of 12 movements matched with breathing and perfect for building lean body mass and strength. This is also the type of yoga which with good practice you can master the more complicated moves.
Ashanta: A more advanced yoga position, Ashanta focuses on power and includes push up and lung moves. This type of yoga concentrates on eight limbs and is great for weight loss and coordination (maybe my dancing will improve?).
Bikram: Also known as hot yoga, this is perfect in hotter climates where loosening of the muscles and sweating are the aims. It has been associated with faster injury recovery and enhanced flexibility.
All that is left now is those sexy yoga pants! For added motivation check out the queen of get her yoga on.
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Author: Elizabeth Uwiduhaye
Elizabeth is a self-proclaimed nutrition fanatic who went on to study it at the University of Reading. She shared her childhood in both Rwanda and England, setting the basis to her globalised view of diets and lifestyles. Elizabeth’s love of food was developed through working in various different restaurants and her mother’s home cooked African meals. She hopes to combine her passion for cooking and knowledge of science in each recipe that is posted.
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