WHICH YOGA IS BEST FOR YOUR PRACTICE ~
Yoga teaches that each pose has an energetic quality. Some poses are uplifting and energizing while others are soothing and stabilizing. There are different types of yoga that might be best for different people. What is best for one may not be true to another. With all the choices out there, here are some yoga practices that you may find is best for you.
- HATHA YOGA
Hatha Yoga is an excellent style good for beginners because of its slower pace. The Sanskrit term “hatha” actually refers to “any yoga” that teaches physical postures. It’s all about the basics in these classes requiring you to hold each pose for a few breaths. The pose is straightforward and the pace is unhurried. Props like blocks and bolsters are often used to help you get the right alignment. It’s not just the body, you also focus on breathing, relaxation, and meditation which may involve chanting. It helps you recover from stress faster.
- VINYASA YOGA
“Arranging something in a special way” is how the word vinyasa can be translated like yoga poses. Vinyasa is also the term used to describe a specific sequence of poses that connects movement and breath together in a dance-like way. Pace can be quick so you won’t linger in each pose. Vinyasa yoga trains and stills the mind. We focus on the breath at first and as the mind gains the ability to concentrate, we are able to focus on many things at once. Vinyasa yoga also teaches us how to take care and be loving towards ourselves. Being a yogi means engaging in the process of healing – mentally, emotionally and physically. Vinyasa yoga helps us learn how to accept all the parts of ourselves that are not as evolved as we would want them to be.
- IYENGAR YOGA
Unlike in Vinyasa yoga, each posture in Iyengar yoga is held for a period of time and often modified with props. Iyengar yoga is a slow, gentle practice that guides the practitioner into stretches that are held for approximately one minute. It is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision, and alignment in the performance of posture and breath control. This method is designed to systematically improve strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness. It also calms your mind as it encourages you to focus on the alignment and ignore all other thoughts in your head and being in the moment.
- BIKRAM YOGA
Get ready to sweat. In this class, the precise 26 postures and two breathing exercises must be performed within 90 minutes in a room heated to approximately 105 degrees and 40% humidity. Remember, the vigorous practice combined with heat can make the class feel strenuous. It is a great way to allow the body to stretch, detoxify, relieve stress, tone, heal chronic pain such as arthritis, joint aches, knee injuries, back problems and more. It is designed as a sauna-like effect because sweat helps move the toxins out of your body. If you’re new to Bikram, take it slow, rest when you need to and be sure to hydrate beforehand.
- ASHTANGA YOGA
Ashtanga is a challenging yet orderly approach to yoga. It consists of six series of specifically sequenced yoga poses. You’ll flow and breathe through each pose to produce and build internal heat designed to purify the body. You will perform the same poses in the same exact order in each class and is physically demanding. Astanga yoga great for building core strength and toning the body. If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll like Ashtanga’s routine and strict guidelines.
- YIN YOGA
Yin yoga is the appropriate yoga if you want to calm and balance your body and mind. Yin yoga poses are held for several minutes at a time unlike that of a faster-moving yoga like Ashtanga. This meditative yoga practice is designed to target your deeper connective tissues and fascia, restoring length and elasticity. This practice is best for people who need to stretch and unwind.
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