Popular Types of YogaPosted: Apr 15 in Getting Active by Staff
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and brought health and well-being to millions of people. If you are interested in yoga, you may be trying to decide which style of yoga is right for you. There are, after all, many different kinds. Read on to learn about some of the most popular types of yoga and what they can do for you.
The most popular kind of yoga is Hatha yoga. It is focused on improving your physical health and mental state by combining poses, special breathing techniques, and meditation. It teaches many of the basic yoga poses and the basic yoga breathing techniques. All of the movements are gentle and slow. All in all, Hatha is one of the best types for a beginner.
Power yoga is done at a very fast pace. It is the most vigorous type of yoga. This type is best for anyone who wants to use yoga mostly as a form of physical exercise.
Kundalina yoga is one of the more spiritually-oriented styles. According to its teachings, all people have an enormous amount of spiritual energy stored at the base of the spine, and the poses and breathing techniques of this style are aimed at freeing that energy and sending it circulating throughout the body. The circulation of this energy is supposed to improve health and vitality. Focus is placed on proper breathing, singing, and chanting. This type of yoga is ideal for those who are looking for a spiritual practice along with their exercise.
Vinyasa flows smoothly from one pose to another, instead of striking a series of separate, disconnected poses as in many other styles. It is a good style for beginners to learn, but it also rewards advanced students. It is a good choice for people who are looking to develop mindfulness.
Iyengar yoga is focused on perfecting the poses it uses and holding them for long periods. It uses props such as blocks and belts to support the body. This is a less intense form of yoga, perfect for anyone with physical limitations and anyone who wants a lot of guidance from the instructor.
Also known as “hot yoga”, this style is not for everyone. It involves a lengthy series of poses done in a room kept at 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a high humidity, along with a massive amount of sweating. This type of yoga is great for developing self discipline and flexibility. If you are interested in Bikram yoga, consult with your doctor before you begin.
There many other types of yoga as well, but these are the most common kinds, the ones you are most likely to find when you look for a class. If you experiment with a few of them, you are sure to find one that is perfect for you.