One of the best things about yoga is that there are a range of styles to choose from. This means people who want to get their sweat on can enjoy many of the same perks from the same general practice that allows others to gain focus of mind and relaxation of body.
So which type is best for you? That depends on what you are looking to get out of your session.
Let's look at a few of the most common types of yoga.
Hatha yoga is your mecca of mindfulness and tranquility, offering a gentle and slow moving session that allows you to become familiar with the fundamentals of yoga poses, while also building total body strength and increasing flexibility.
Vinyasa lets you get a little more movement from your class, using poses to tone and sculpt your body while also synchronizing deep breathing to these movements in order to help you focus your mind, and amp up your clarity. Check out our new Beginner Vinyasa Flow!
Bikram yoga gives you a serious energy boost and thorough total body workout. The practice uses a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises to help increase your physical and mental strength and flexibility. Perhaps the major defining characteristic of Bikram is that it is done in a room that's 105 degrees with 40% humidity, so it amps up the detoxing powers of yoga.
Yin yoga is there for you when you really want to calm your mind and get some deep tissue stretching. In Yin yoga, you hold poses for minutes at a time. The result is a more tranquil mind and improved joint mobility.
Maybe one of these types really speaks to you. Maybe a combination of benefits of each type is appealing. Over the years, we've found that a well-rounded yoga practice is always best, so while you should always start your yoga practice at a beginner level (even if you are a beast when it comes to HIIT), you will likely enjoy — and benefit from — yoga that includes elements of different types of yoga. Try a session and see for yourself!
Unlike stepping into a cross-fit studio or starting a running regime at a beginner level, where you may spend days recovering from that first session, the beginner level reallyisbeginner. You’re likely to feel energized from your initial encounter with beginner yoga, as opposed to feeling crippled to the point of never wanting to try it again. This is because yoga encourages you to work at your own pace, and to honor yourself and your body above everything else. It’s a practice that asks that you explore the boundaries of your comfort zone, and push them gently and mindfully. Yoga is not a shock to your system: it’s a pleasant acclimatization into increased physical and mental awareness and power.
This means that while you may have good reason not to step into an advanced Vinyasa Ashtanga yoga class, you have no good reason not to do some kind of yoga. Try our Beginner Vinyasa Flow today!
How long should my yoga practice be?
That’s what we’re going to talk about in the next blog!
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