Have you wondered why there are different forms of yoga? Each one is a match to your kind of personality, physical need and fitness level. Some are gentle yet persuasive while some are rigorous enough for the advanced fitness enthusiasts.
Below are some of the popular yoga forms and how they can help depending on your needs.
- Ashtanga and Power Yoga: a challenging form but is great in increasing strength and losing weight.
Ashtanga involves a series of poses that you do nonstop. You learn a special breathing technique so that you are able to keep your mind focused while doing the postures. It teaches you discipline as well.
Power yoga is fitness-based so you can expect it to be vigorous. Some call it “gym yoga” because of its emphasis on flexibility and strength hence its name. It may have been patterned after Ashtanga, it does not follow a strict set of poses. Each session may differ from the other but it is a great way to work out especially if you are the type who easily gets bored of repetitions.
- Yin Yoga: a slow-paced form that is great for reducing stress.
If you are typically tired and your mind works nonstop, you will benefit from Yin yoga. It targets your body’s deep connective tissues stimulating them to peacefulness. It helps exercise your bones, joints and ligaments to the maximum.
Yin yoga is suited for all levels since stress knows no beginner or advanced. It can hit anyone.
- Hatha Yoga: this gentle form is great for beginners.
This form teaches more of the basic poses than the breathing techniques or exercises. It is mainly the physical form of yoga appropriate for beginners who are being introduced to the benefits of the practice.
- Iyengar Yoga: a slow-paced form that is gently suited for beginners
This form is similar to Hatha in gentleness but is more detailed. You may be asked to use some tools like bolster pillows or blocks and belts and other props that may be helpful so that you can do the poses properly.
- Bikram or Hot Yoga: advanced style with a higher degree of difficulty; not suited for those with heart diseases or low heat tolerance and pregnant women.
Bikram is known for its healing ability. Each heated class (105 degrees) is 90 minutes where you do a set of 26 consistent postures led by Bikram-trained or affiliated instructors.
Hot yoga is also done in a heated venue but less hotter ( 80-100 degrees). Poses vary depending on the instructor. In any of the two forms, you can expect to have every muscle, tendon, ligament and joint in your body to be fully worked so that you feel a systematic fresh change internally.
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