Aura Athletica: Maiden issue

On the 18th of April 2013, Aura Athletica launched their newest yoga apparel by Zobha and the maiden issue of Athletica wherein yours truly was privileged to contribute.

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The launch had a short fashion show sampling the new designs and introduced the avid shoppers turned yoga ambassadors.

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We were fed by such sumptuous healthy vegetarian treats from PINO restaurant and left the launch with a huge smile on our faces as we were gifted the bobble bottle together with a performance headband fit for our yoga practice.

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You may visit Aura Athletica stores at Rockwell center or along the middle strips of BGC.

What is your Yoga?

Various health studios, gyms and community centers has already been offering Yoga as much as they offer aerobics. Sun Salutations, breathing, ohm, ashram and the pretzel most probably are the thoughts that will come into mind when Yoga is being discussed however with Yogi’s (Yoga practitioners) there are different types of practice being attended to – there are same fundamental poses yet each has different approaches and physical exertion levels.

Gone are those years when yoga studios used to be a hole-in-the wall in Manila. More and more people are getting into the practice of yoga for countless reasons, mostly for overall well-being or weight loss.

Yoga, for one, is not a religion. It’s a way of life.

 

Derived from the Sanskrit root word “yug” which means “to unify”, Yoga has truly brought more and more people get into the practice. Slowly, practitioners, strive to open the gift of life, discovering the fullest possibilities and potentials. Unknowingly, yogi’s opt to feel fulfilled with a kindred self allowing nothing but goodness rather than living in a constant internal civil war.

Get to know the type of yoga fit for your lifestyle.

HATHA

Consisting of many different types of practice that each focus on different facets of yoga. This type of yoga which was originated in India in the 15th century is a slow-paced, gentle and focused on breathing and meditation. Recognized as a stress-reducing practice.

A practice fit for beginners who would want to experience the basics of yoga.

VINYASA

Also known as Flow yoga.

Where Sun Salutations are practiced over and over again, this practice is a series of 12 poses where movement is matched with the breath. It is fast-paced with intense stretching. You’ll eventually get to learn to attach your movement as smooth and gentle as how one dance.

An alignment-oriented practice.

ASHTANGA

Means “eight limbs” in sanskrit. A practice derived from Vinyasa yoga style.

This practice is a fast moving, intense yoga style based on a progressive set sequence of asanas synchronized with the breath. A physically demanding practice which focuses on realigning the spine, detoxify the body and build strength, flexibility and stamina.

A series composed of about 75 poses taken a hour and half to two hours to complete.

IYENGAR

Based on the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar and concentrates on the correct alignment and form of the body. This yoga uses props such as blocks and straps to help align the body into different poses. Usually those who are suffering from injuries, stiffness, therapy and those with balance issues, chronic medical conditions and arthritis are those who attends to this practice.

BIKRAM

Not for the faint heart. This practice is being held in a humidity of 40 celsius. A sequence of 26 different poses done in 90 minutes in a “hot room.”

A great practice for beginners who wants to loosen up those muscles, detox and gain flexibility, advance practitioners who wants to push their bodies further and athletes for recovery and heat training.

ACRO YOGA

Also known as “anti-gravity” yoga.

A concept built in San Francisco in 2003. A combination of yoga, acrobatics and thai massage. It targets both athletic and aesthetic. An intense workout wherein 3 disciplines are incorporated.

A fun and colorful practice.

YIN

An age-old concept of yun and yang. One trusts forces that explain the surroundings. A practice focusing on self breath and slow motion.

A practice also called as the “yoga for the joints, not the muscles” which is also popularly known as that practice which helps your body’s internal concerns as it fires parts of your body which are unusually touched by any practice or exercise.

Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

POWER YOGA

The intention was to give a western spin to the practice of Asthanga Yoga. Conceptualized in 1995 by Bender Birch who challenged Americans’ understanding of what it really means to be fit. a challenging and disciplined series of poses designed to create heat and energy flow.

This practice promotes mental stability and concentration, encourages strength.

PRE NATAL

A great practice for mommy-to-be’s in preparation for their big day and also for better, speedy recovery for both mommy and baby.

A multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused on breathing which is very crucial for labor.

KIDS YOGA

A very fun practice which involves lots of imagination and creativity.

A new yoga concept which makes children play with stretching together with their mom’s (optional) and a better way to have your children moving on play dates other than the usual playhouse setup.

This practice helps children retain or help their flexibility, patience and other psychological development which involves better understanding of oneself, control their energy and character building.

All of these practices connects your body and mind which has proven numerous benefits for both physical and psychological. You’ll be impressed by the improvement it does to your body towards flexibility, stress, inflammation, pain and even other health conditions.

With proper and regular practice, yoga can help you attain your overall wellness and health goals.

Remember: Yoga is not a competition with others but rather a way to bind you, your body and your environment together.