Yoga is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual practices which originated in India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox philosophical schools of Hinduism. In American culture today, it is a common discipline of active people seeking to center their health, flexibility, and mental awareness.
There are many different styles of yoga that are beneficial for those interested in adopting this discipline as part of their lifestyle.
Finding the right style to fit your needs can be difficult. Some are more beneficial for toning, balance, or flexibility, while others highlight weight loss, spirituality, or focus.
It can be overwhelming sorting through all the different types of yoga and trying to figure out what to try. It may even be good to try a variety and choose what you most enjoy. The following are nine common forms of yoga disciplines practiced today.
Yoga has a primary focus on your body’s anatomy and alignment. Prop work including yoga blocks and blankets could be of some use in this style of yoga. Typically, this type of yoga is exact and detail-oriented, so instructors tend to explain how different poses impact each bone and muscle group. If you are unfamiliar with the typical poses in Lyengar Yoga, it is best to start with beginner-level classes.
Hatha Yoga is the best type of yoga for first-time practice. Hatha is the basics of yoga at a slower-moving pace. Each pose is held for a couple of breaths while you focus on your physical posture. Since this type of yoga is considered more gentle, it is excellent for beginners who want a relaxing introduction to yoga.
If you like to have the same routine, Bikram is the best type of yoga for you. It is a specific set of twenty-six poses and two breathing exercises. After doing it a few times, you will know what to do when you roll out your mat. The poses are practiced in the same ninety-minute sequence each time, so it is considered a very predictable type of yoga. The room heat is approximately 105 degrees with at least 40% humidity, so be prepared to sweat. This yoga can be very strenuous, primarily because of the heat, so make sure to rest if needed and stay hydrated.
Vinyasa Yoga can be great for weight loss because it is fast-paced. If you like high-intensity interval training, this may be an enjoyable style to try. It involves linking breath and movement together in a continuous series of poses that do not last long. Vinyasa can be very dance-like, and many teachers will often play fast music that matches the pace of the poses.
The main goal of Restorative Yoga is to slow down and relax. These poses are held for long periods in slow transitions to tap into your body’s nervous system and help you fall into deep relaxation. Often blocks are used as props to help support parts of your body during certain poses. You may feel as though you aren’t doing much, but it can be great for anxiety, stress, and athletes who are on their exercise recovery days.
If you like challenging routines with strict guidelines, then Ashtanga Yoga may be your perfect yoga style. Each class will consist of the same specifically sequenced poses in a series of six. You will match your breath and movement through each pose to create an excellent flow for toning while feeling some internal muscle burning. Some classes have instructors that talk out the exercise poses, while others involve you going through the sequences independently, only asking for guidance as needed.
Kundalini Yoga looks very different from other types of yoga. It is more of a spiritual yoga involving coupled breaths with repetitive physical exercises. Also, chanting, singing, and meditating are essential parts of this yoga type. Kundalini’s goal is to bring you to a higher level of self-awareness while releasing buried energy within you.
Similar to the practice of Bikram, the practice of Hot Yoga takes place in a heated and humid room. The main difference between the two is that hot yoga is not attached to the same twenty-six pose sequence and can incorporate more poses in various ways. The heat helps you feel like you can move deeper into each pose, resulting in overstretching if you aren’t careful. This class will leave you very sweaty and more challenging, so make sure to start at a beginner level.
If you want a calming experience to find your “Zen” and stretch out all of the muscles, try Yin Yoga. It is a meditative practice with a focus on deeper connective tissues. You will primarily allow your body to release into the posture instead of engaging with the pose. This exercise will enable and restore elasticity while also balancing the mind and body.
Suppose you have been practicing yoga for some time. In that case, you probably already notice its health benefits, such as better sleep, fewer illnesses and colds, decreases in stress and anxiety and increases strength and flexibility.
Those are the benefits you have to look forward to if you begin a yoga routine and stick with it consistently. Science is starting to understand how yoga works to improve your health, heal aches and pains and destress your mind and body.
The most significant action step is the very first in incorporating exercise routines and changes in our lifestyles. Even after one Yoga session, you may feel more robust in your mental and physical strength and better than you have with other similar exercise routines.
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Press Release by Cassidy Somervill of Alpha Media Group
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