I am certainly not a yogi, but I looove yoga and its lifestyle. Yoga is definitely for everyone, but there are many types to choose from and it can get overwhelming for a beginner. Here is a scoop of most common yoga styles and how your mind and body can benefit from this popular practice in different ways.
Let’s dig the roots first
The early writings on yoga were recorded on fragile leaves that were damaged, lost or destroyed at some point in History. The growth of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago within a civilization in Northern India, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 10,000 years old. Its exact birth is still unrevealed.
The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts and it means “to center one’s thought” or “to meditate deeply”. Yoga is an ancient mysterious art or you can call it a philosophical curriculum to teach spirituality, self-awareness, and self-discipline.
Why is it for everyone?
When we push our physical limitations with yoga postures, we are intense on the body, mind and last but not least, our breath. We increase flexibility, balance, and muscle tone. The practice also enhances mental health by offering an escape from multitasking. It’s a great way for people of all ages to practice letting go of stress.
Get in action
Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively towards an object and sustain that direction without any distractions. Yoga philosophy embraces countless styles. You can call them ‘the types of yoga’. These types are not a single pose; instead, they are a collection of poses for specific purposes.
Most popular styles
The main characteristics of Vinyasa practice are the flow of the movements and the many transitions between poses. It elevates your heart rate and is a great sweaty workout. If you don’t like doing the same poses every time, this one may be an option for you. Vinyasa instructors generally change the routine for each class.
Hatha is a general term for yoga that focuses on physical poses as a way to achieve self-realization. A Hatha class is a traditional, gentle and incorporate focused breathing exercises and meditation. The relaxation is achieved through the alignment and stretching of muscles with complete mental focus. This is a preferable type for beginners because of its slow pace style with breath control, a great way to experience yoga’s mental benefits.
Ashtanga incorporates fast-paced cardio with strength training. Unlike Vinyasa, Ashtanga yoga uses a set sequence of poses and is usually more vigorous. Do you like to stick with a routine? Want a more physically intensive yoga class? Give an Ashtanga practice a try; it may be your right fit.
The energetic and lively type of yoga. “Power” is a term for this type of class where there is a fast transition from one pose to another. The purpose is to build strength and power. It can feel like a vigorous workout. Meditation is less emphasized in this type of practice.
Bikram yoga is a form of hot yoga, consisted of a never-changing, 26-pose sequence. The room feels like a sauna with temperatures that can reach 105 degrees and up to 40 percent humidity. The temperature loses the muscles with excessive sweat. These two features are said to produce the body cleansing affect, preventing you from injuries and prolonged pain. The high temperature increases the risk of dehydration or hyperthermia, as with all forms of hot yoga, Bikram should be practiced carefully. Great for those who wish to detoxify and lose weight.
In this yoga practice, the main focus is on the support of the body to hold longer poses, plus you can stretch your body gently to a great extension. The postures may use laid or seated poses using blankets, bolsters or blocks to keep the posture comfortable. It’s a relaxing style to keep you refresh.
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