We’ve all heard about the wonderful health benefits of yoga, but there are so many different variations that it’s sometimes difficult to know what each one entails and which one would best suit your body. It’s important to have an understanding of what each style of yoga offers so that you can choose one which will most benefit your fitness regime.
There are so many different types of yoga out there, whether you want a more physically demanding class or an easy, relaxing, meditative class. With each style somewhat not quite the same as the others, you’ll discover varieties relying upon the educator.
Even if you’re a seasoned yogi with a dedicated practice, flexibility and variation with any of the following styles could enhance your overall yoga experience and challenge you to break out of your comfort zone.
The Sanskrit term “hatha” is an umbrella term for all physical postures of yoga. It consists of six slow movements, breathing exercises and meditation, so it’s a brilliant place to start for beginner yogis. Hatha yoga classes are best for beginners since they are usually paced slower than other yoga styles.
This style of yoga focuses on breath control and detail, precision, and alignment when carrying out the different poses, to encourage relaxation, good posture and balance. It features hundreds of different yoga poses and fourteen types of breathing, so you can progress gradually from the easier forms to the more advanced movements. Often props are used, such as belts and blocks, to support the body in certain poses, reducing the risk of injury.
This style of yoga has been described as “the mother of all yoga” as it is one of the oldest recognized forms. Kundalini is the word used to describe the untapped potential inside all of us, which this yoga practice seeks to target and release. This style is all about releasing the kundalini energy in your body said to be trapped, or coiled, in the lower spine.
In Sanskrit Ashtanga is translated as “Eight Limb path.” Ashtanga yoga involves a very physically demanding sequence of postures, so this style of yoga is definitely not for the beginner. It is a form of moving meditation and a more vigorous type of yoga, perfect for people looking for a more fast-paced workout whilst on a fitness holiday. Breathing is synchronized with movement, producing an intense heat to sweat out toxins and improve your circulation.
Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” and in this case yoga postures. Vinyasa is the most athletic yoga style. Vinyasa was adapted from Ashtanga yoga in the 1980s. In Vinyasa classes, the movement is coordinated with your breath and movement to flow from one pose to another.
Bikram yoga is named after Bikram Choudhury and features a sequence of set poses in a sauna-like room—typically set to 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity. The sequence includes a series of 26 basic postures, with each one performed twice.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with seated postures that are held for longer periods of time. Yin is a great class for beginners, as postures can be held from 45 seconds to two minutes. Yin can also be a meditative yoga practice that helps you find inner peace. The classes are relaxed, as you’re supposed to let gravity do most of the work.
Prenatal yoga is carefully adapted for “moms to be” and is tailored to women in all trimesters. Many have said that prenatal is one of the best types of exercise for expectant moms because of the pelvic floor work, focus on breathing, and bonding with the growing baby; prenatal yoga also helps mothers prepare for labor and delivery.
Anusara is a modern-day version of hatha yoga, most similar to vinyasa in that it that focuses on alignment but with more focus on the mind-body-heart connection and different verbiage. Anusara focuses on spirals and how each body part should be moving. Anusara is also known for its emphasis on heart opening.
Restorative yoga focuses on winding down after a long day and relaxing your mind. This will improve the functioning of your immune system and aid with specific wellness issues like digestion, insomnia, fertility and general fatigue, to name but a few. Props, like blankets and blocks, are used to support the body so you’re able to hold certain positions for longer and gain the utmost benefits of each stretch.
Which Type of Yoga do famous personalities practice?
Alia Bhatt practices yoga regularly for flexibility and immunity. She commonly practices Ashtanga yoga twice a week.
Sonam Kapoor is a super health freak and practices Bikram Yoga regularly. “Starting Bikram yoga today or as everyone calls it hot yoga. It’s my dad’s secret for looking fab,” she tweeted a couple of months ago.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who has one of the best bodies in Bollywood swears by the benefits of power yoga. She practices Kundalini yoga.