Yoga has evolved from a niche activity of ardent new agers to part of the cultural mainstream, with CEOs, students, overly stressed young professionals and retirees all embracing the ancient practice. So much so, in fact, that it's become a $27 billion dollar industry — people love yoga and it's here to stay.
Yoga dates back to more than 5,000 years ago and is increasing in popularity by the day. Studios are popping up everywhere and yogis new and old are fitting some downward dog into their training splits. Yoga is a panacea for the daily pains of modern society — tech overload, social disconnect, insomnia, stress, anxiety and so on.
At Physi, we enjoy yoga for the obvious health and mental benefits; however, we particularly love that there's a real sense of community among classes. It's a social outlet, and a positive one at that. Plus, the internal reflection helps us get our minds right, allowing us to stay focused and dedicated to the tasks at hand. In between coding, strategizing, meetings and creating events on our app, we take the time to hit the mat.
Looking for a place to perfect your practice? Read on to learn more about different types of yoga, and find some of our favorite locations to catch a savasana in both Cincinnati (our HQ) and Austin, TX (our second home).
Browsing the web to find a yoga class can be daunting (of course, we'd suggest you use Physi to do it instead). You'll find everything from hot yoga to spiritual and may find yourself in need of a Rosetta Stone just to understand the language of the yogis. To give you a head start, we've done the research for you — it fills our nerdy hearts with joy — and we've broken down the eight major styles of yoga for you below.
Yoga is an experience, unique to each individual and that's what makes it so alluring. Yoga embraces everyone and your practice is completely in your hands — from which style you choose to practice to your intentions each day. It's like finding a pair of jeans — you may have to try a few on for size, but once you find that perfect fit, you keep coming back.
Yoga has something for everyone, so start with a style that sounds right for you, but don't be afraid to change it up.
First time yogi? Maybe you don't want to go alone? Use Physi to create a Yoga event and invite your friends, or maybe find some new friends and together you can “om” your way into a relaxing day.
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