The Different Types of Yoga and Their Benefits
Did you know there are over 30 different types of yoga? It can be a little overwhelming to name them all and know which one is right for you. No worries, we've been there and we've done the research to help you out! Find below the most common types of yoga explained and their benefits. Which type of yoga is best for you?
Vinyasa is a dynamic form of yoga where you move quickly between poses, only holding them for a short amount of time. It is considered the most athletic style of yoga where movements between poses are guided by the movement of your breath.
Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga: improves lung capacity, promotes concentration and self-control and builds lean muscle mass.
Hatha yoga is the foundation of all other yoga styles. It is a lower intensity type of yoga focused on the basics of yoga and meditation. Here specific attention is paid to slower movements, breathing and holding poses for a longer amount of time. This makes it great for beginner yogis or people with injuries.
Benefits of Hatha Yoga: builds flexibility and mobility, improves relaxation, decreases stress, builds strength and core stability.
Ashtanga yoga is also called the yoga of warriors, as it is one of the most demanding yoga techniques, similar to Vinyasa Yoga. Flowing through a specific order of poses in harmony with your breath, it will for sure make you work up a sweat!
Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga: improves strength, endurance and flexibility, improves self-control over body and mind.
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist principle of yin and yang, where yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things while yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Yin yoga is a slower, more stable form of yoga compared to other dynamic forms such as Vinyasa yoga. It is not uncommon in Yin yoga to hold certain poses for up to 2 minutes, focusing on meditation. It is a great type of yoga for those looking for a gentler practice.
Benefits of Yin Yoga: provides deep stretching, promotes relaxation and flexibility.
Bikram yoga, also known as Hot yoga, is a type of yoga performed in a humid room with the temperature set to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), a sure way to work up a sweat! Bikram Yoga comprises of 26 different poses and is a great yoga practice for those wanting to burn a lot of calories, one class can make you to burn around 600 calories! The hot temperature improves circulation and relaxation, but can also be a risk for dehydration, so make sure to drink plenty of water and wear breathable clothing.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga: improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health, improves relaxation and mental focus.
Power yoga is a more intense, fitness-based form of yoga that focuses on raising the heart-rate by moving through dynamic yoga flows. It includes fewer poses held for longer periods of time contrary to Vinyasa yoga, which often has more poses held for shorter periods. Due to this, power yoga is more focused on strength building, while the main goal of Vinyasa yoga tends to be flexibility. Power yoga is more focused on the body, while Vinyasa is more focused on the breath.
Benefits of Power Yoga: increases stamina, builds strength and increases flexibility.
Kundalini Yoga is a more spiritual form of yoga focusing on meditation and is also known as "yoga awareness". It is more mentally demanding with a focus on clearing your mind and finding inner peace. Kundalini yoga uses movement, sound, breath and meditation to awaken energy within the body through the spine and ultimately relax and restore the mind and body.
Benefits of Kundalini Yoga: improves relaxation, reconnecting with inner self.
Iyengar yoga is a yoga type focused on alignment of the spine and improving posture. It is a more technical type of yoga where postures are executed slowly, with high levels of concentration and held for up to one minute. Yoga accessories such as yoga blocks, balls and yoga straps. can be useful in this practice to help align the body.
Benefits of Iyengar Yoga: increased flexibility, improved posture and body toning.
As you have now learned, there are so many different types of yoga, each with their own specific benefits and focus. There is pretty much a type of yoga for everyone, whether you want to focus on breath-work and meditation, or work up a sweat!
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