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Yearning to Learn Yoga?
I'm interested in doing yoga to relax, but I don't know which type is best. What do you advise?
Answer (Published 4/24/2007)
Yoga is great for relaxation. Many of the postures or asanas are intended to quiet the body and nervous system in order to facilitate concentration and meditation. Also, yoga emphasizes breath work, which can relax you internally, improving heart function, blood pressure, circulation, and digestion.
You might want to start with hatha yoga, the most familiar form. Developed more than 6,000 years ago, it can lead to deep relaxation while toning your muscles and increasing your flexibility. Some hatha styles well suited to beginners are Kripalu yoga, Viniyoga, and Integral yoga.
Other types of yoga can be very challenging physically. Among them:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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