TYPES OF YOGA
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Are you ready to try yoga but you don’t know where to start? Or have you done a yoga class but wasn’t really feeling it? There are many different styles of yoga that fit different styles of people! Read below to find which suits you best.
- Hatha Yoga – This style of yoga is basically define as a physical yoga practice. It’s one of the main branches of yoga with most other styles deriving from it. Hatha yoga is about connecting your breath to the poses.
- Vinyasa Yoga – This style of yoga is a little more vigorous in the sense that it incorporates “flows” in between most poses, similar to Ashtanga. Flow meaning a series of chaturanga – up dog – down dog.
- Anusara – This style of yoga is similar to Iyengar, but a softer approach with more focus on accepting where you’re at in your practice.
- Bikram – This style of yoga is a set series of 26 postures, each done twice, over the span of 90 minutes. It’s always done in a heated room to the temperature of 105 degrees F.
- Ashtanga – This style of yoga is a fast-paced sequence of set poses and is similar to vinyasa yoga. There are 6 series/sequences of poses, starting with the primary series and moving up on completion of each series.
- Sivananda – This style of yoga is usually formed around 12 basic asanas with the focus being about the health, vitality and wellness of yourself.
- Iyengar – This style of yoga uses many props if needed and is all about proper pose alignment.
- Restorative – This style of yoga is meant for deep relaxation with only a few poses done in a class.
- Yin – This style of yoga focuses on holding passive poses for 3-5 minutes with the focus on stretching and opening up tensions and tight areas in the body. Yin is more about controlling the mind to focus on staying in the pose with patience. This form of yoga is usually complemented with yang yoga, which focuses on more dynamic and active poses.
- Kundalini – This style of yoga is focused on awakening the kundalini energy at the base of your spine with constantly moving poses.
- Power Yoga – This style of yoga is similar to vinyasa as it also incorporates flows in between many poses and tends to be a fast-paced style that generates heat in your practice.