Get Your Yoga On!
Are you looking to be more health conscious and lower stress levels? Yoga can do that with its combination of stretching, strengthening and relaxing components. Although the popularity of yoga has increased in the last decade, it has been around for thousands of years. It is based in Hindu spirituality and includes breath control (pranayama), simple meditation, and specific body positions (asanas). There are several categories of yoga so you can choose which suits you best. The greatest thing is virtually no equipment is required. You just need a mat so it is a convenient practice that you can take with you when you are traveling.
One of the most popular types of yoga is Hatha yoga which is perfect for people just wanting to give yoga a try. When beginning yoga, balance and flexibility are the challenges and Hatha focuses on those in its practice. Most Hatha yoga instructors begin their class with chanting Om to unite the students and quiets the mind. Because breath work is incorporated, there is a relaxing and restorative essence to it. Many Hatha practitioners feel the decrease in stress from the first session.
Vinyasa yoga is more fast paced and ideal for weight loss. It is a flow style yoga where you continue through a specific series of asanas without pausing. This style is a bit more challenging and geared for people with some yoga experience. The well known sun salutation is a series of lunging, bending and stretching exercises and adds the elements of strength and calorie burning to this style.
If physical performance takes second to spiritual experience for you, then Kundalini yoga might be a better fit. Kundalini yoga combines chanting mantras with movement and breath work. The goal of this type of yoga is to release the energy that is believed to be stored at the base of the spine thereby removing blocks to the higher self.
Yoga, unlike other sports activities, offers different styles for what your goals may be. Yoga is the perfect practice to take with you on vacation to do on your own or you can find a friendly yoga studio in the area where you are.
In Tulum, you may want to check out Maya Tulum, Utopia or Yoga Dicha. If you find yourself in Playa del Carmen, pass by the Yogaloft or Yoga by the Sea. When in Cancun you can find the studios Its Yoga and Armonia Bliss.