If you’re ready to start yoga, but a little unsure of where to start, you’re definitely not alone. With yoga’s increasing popularity, many people are finding just how many different options they have when it comes to choosing a yoga class that’s right for them.
Following is a breakdown on some of the most common types of yoga that should help you decide exactly what style is right for you.
Vinyasa means “flow” in Sanskrit, and this popular form of yoga is known for its gentle fluidity in a smooth transition from pose to pose. These classes are movement-intensive and there is definitely focus on a gentle flow throughout the entire sequence. Music is often played in Vinyasa classes to keep the feeling upbeat.
This type of yoga really just refers to any kind of yoga that teaches physical postures and is one of the most popular styles in the western world. A Hatha class usually consists of a sequence of different poses where you will end up feeling the benefits yoga offers without really working up a sweat.
If you want to pay strict attention to proper alignment and a most meticulous type of yoga that really challenges strength in posture, Iyengar is an excellent choice to make. Iyengar usually integrates a lot of props in their classes including blocks, chairs, ropes, and straps. This is an excellent discipline for both mental and physical challenge.
Also known as “hot yoga” this discipline is done in a room heated hot, hot where you work your way through a series of 26 poses, always following the same sequence. You will seriously sweat like you’ve never sweated before, eliminating toxins, and definitely a few extra pounds. This is an extremely popular discipline of yoga and there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find a Bikram class near you.
This is known as the “yoga of awareness” and is practiced to raise kundalini energy through the practice of yoga asanas, prayer, and meditation. There is also a lot of breath work involved in kundalini as it to prepare students to feel a rise in their awareness and personal power.
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