A Look at 5 Common Types of Yoga

Do you have difficulty figuring out what types of yoga suits you? Well, you will be surprised to learn this is a challenge shared by a number of people. First you must identify what you are hoping to achieve from the yoga classes. This will be critical when deciding on the different yoga postures (asanas) and the pace of the particular type of yoga exercise. In order to achieve the desired mind-body connection, you ought to be comfortable with the exercise itself. However, being comfortable does not mean that you deprive yourself the challenge of going beyond your personal limits. Let us understand the most common types of yoga practiced.

1. Hatha

This is highly recommended to those of us that are new to yoga practices. This is due to the fact that it is a straight-forward combination of the asanas and the yoga breathing exercise (pranayama). The exercise is aimed at relaxing the body and bringing peace to the mind. In the studios, these classes are considered gentle and slow.

2. Ashtanga

Ashtanga consist of six series of specified yoga poses. In studios, it is practiced at a fast pace through the entire series while being encouraged to breathe through the poses. This is physically challenging and hence your body burns calories in the process. If you intend to lose weight then this will be a perfect class for you.

3. Vinyasa

This describes a number of exercises practiced in a dance-like way. These vigorous movements are synchronized with breathing in a continuous flow. The endurance athletes and intense exercisers are attracted to this class because of the movements. The heart rate is increased which means it burns calories to achieve weight loss. Most studios pump the music and repeat the same asanas to ensure everyone knows exactly what should be done.

4. Iyengar

This is a detail-oriented practice that takes more time on each asana. A lot of information is issued on the posture and positions likely to cause injuries. Props are used in Iyengar classes to accommodate structural imbalance, tightness and injuries. This enables you to specialize on a specific asana hence preventing strain. This type of yoga can be practiced by anyone regardless of their age or physical condition.

5. Bikram

Bikram classes are very sweaty. This is because they consist of 26 poses and 2 breathing techniques. Furthermore, the class takes place for 90 minutes in a room with 40% humidity and heated to 40.C. These classes are similar in all studios. The class not only challenges the body but also the mind. Proper hydration should be done before hand.

There are several types of yoga asanas available. Interestingly, they all give similar benefits to your body and mind. The ability to control and monitor your breathing as you stretch your body gives you the highly-desired mental strength. These yoga practices have been used to relieve stress over the years.

There are very many physical benefits accrued from yoga; balanced metabolism, weight management, improved athletic performance, maintaining an upright posture and increased flexibility among others. Hitting the mat will most certainly open you up to face your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental uncertainties in life.