Want to try yoga but don’t know where to start?
This post will break down the different types of yoga practice and explain them simply for anyone that is new to yoga and looking to reap the great benefits.
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Ashtanga yoga focuses on six established and strenuous pose sequences. It involves speedy movement through yoga poses, which is great for fitness but can be more challenging for beginners. The flow of movement from one pose to another is timed to each inhale and exhale and each of these series of poses is termed a vinyasa.
Bikram or Hot Yoga
Not for the faint hearted, hot yoga is yoga x 100. Bikram features yoga poses in a sauna like room where the heat is on full and the humidity level is high. It involves a series of 26 basic yoga poses each performed twice. If you are looking for a quick fix sweat session to work out all your tension this could be the one for you.
Although hatha yoga is a broad term which would encompass every physical practice of yoga on this list, when a class is described as hatha yoga it generally refers to the class being a classical approach to yoga, with controlled breathing and a focus on moving into and holding postures in a measured, holistic way. This type of yoga is great for beginners and is very popular with all ages and abilities.
As the name suggests the yoga poses contained in these classes are specially designed for expectant mothers. It can be performed by women in all stages of pregnancy and can even help to get you back in shape post birth. This practice will benefit your muscle strength and can help your body to return to normal after pregnancy.
Restorative yoga is a relaxed, meditative way of performing yoga. Yoga is about the body and the mind and this type of yoga allows you to really connect with the meditative side of the practice. Yogis can spend up to 20 minutes in one of four or five simple poses and the classes are designed to help you experience deep relaxation.
Vinyasa or Power Yoga
Power yoga is highly active and does not keep to the same pose sequence like ashtanga. The style and movements of your class can be vastly different depending on the teacher. This style is far removed from the classical styles of yoga but can be a great workout.
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