Yoga is a practice that originated in Ancient India to achieve certain permanent peace of mind in order to experience one’s true self. It involves several positions that for physical, mental and intellectual wellness.
There are many different types of yoga to practice, so it’s important to find out which type of yoga is right for you. Here’s a quick introduction to some of the most common and popular types of yoga:
Bikram Yoga – This yoga is conducted with 105 degree heat and in 40% humidity and extremely hot for some. Bikram has only 26 poses and there are a lot of alignment work so it can be a good fit for beginners.
Hatha Yoga – This class is also likely to be focused on slow and gentle movements so it’s a great type of yoga to wind down with at night.
Vinyasa - Commonly called “Vinyasa flow” or just “flow”, you’ll definitely be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. It’s the most popular style of yoga in America.
Kunadalini Yoga - “Kundalini” refers to surrounds the area around your lower spine. Get ready for a lot of work in your “core” area and classes are known to be intense.
Astanga Yoga - Commonly called Power yoga, Ashtanga is definitely physically demanding. This is not advisable for beginners.
Iyengar Yoga - Expect lots of props with this type of yoga such as blocks, harnesses, straps, and even cushions. There’s also a lot of focus on alignment so Iyengar can be great for physical therapy.
Anusara Yoga - Anusara is epitomized by “the celebration of the heart. Expect many “heart-opening” poses like backbends and more talking by the instructor in class.
Restorative Yoga- Looking to wind down after a long week of work? Or perhaps you want to quiet your mind? Restorative yoga might be the answer as it’s focused on relaxation.
Jivamukti Yoga - It’s a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist.
Prenatal Yoga – This is for expectant mothers. Some say that Prenatal is one of the best types of exercise for moms-to-be as there’s a lot of core work and a focus on breathing.
Be sure to ask the instructors and consult the doctor before taking up any of these classes for some might be very intense for you.