One of the biggest stumbling blocks to starting a yoga practice can be as simple as knowing where to start.
There are so many styles of yoga, some “traditional” and some “trendy”, and until you’re “on the inside” it can be challenging to know what might even differentiate the different styles of yoga.
To top it, I’ve found that at different times and phases of my life there are different “perfect” yogas for me from physical, mental and spiritual perspectives.
So, here in a nutshell are 4 of the most well known types of yoga to help point you in the right direction:
As the most commonly practiced and well known of all the yoga types, Hatha yoga is the physical practice of yoga that focuses on the poses more than the breathing. It is often taught as a simple yoga class that translates through several different gentle moves designed for beginners or those who just want to try out the basics and see if it’s right for them.
This is considered more of a challenging yoga practice, which involves a nonstop series of yoga poses without a breathing break in between. Athletes have been known to try Ashtanga in order to give their muscles a break from their sport or event by teaching them different movements through flexibility and muscle endurance. It’s also said to help focus the mind and control the flow of breathing throughout the body as the person moves between poses.
Also known as “hot yoga,” Bikram is a physically and mentally challenging yoga style that involves a sequence of 26 different poses in a hot, enclosed room above 100 degrees. Those who wish to attempt Bikram need to check in with their doctor, especially if they have a medical condition such as hypertension or diabetes.
This slower paced yoga is great for beginners and focuses on the details of movement. Props such as belts, blocks, and pillows may be used to correct or adjust poses and set alignment. It was invented in 1966 by B.K.S. Iyengar in Mumbai, India, who passed away [recently] at the age of 95. It was created through a blend of hatha yoga, along with traditional Indian wrestling and gymnastics.
That, of course, is just the beginning. For 6 more common styles of yoga from the original source of the descriptions above, visit Medical Daily.
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