Did you know? There are over 100 different types of yoga, ranging in styles like Aerial Yoga to the oldest form of yoga known as Vedic Yoga. For beginners, choosing the right type of yoga can be an overwhelming experience! In 2017, Yoga is not just for meditation anymore, you can get a real workout, in just a short amount of time. Practicing Yoga can create a good balance between intensity and meditation. Finding the right form of yoga is important to get the benefits you desire. Here are a few types of Yoga to try for your next session:
Bikram Yoga, also known as Hot Yoga, is the practice of traditional Hatha yoga in a heated room usually exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Heated rooms help deepen stretching for enhancing flexibility and aid in flushing out toxins in your body. Be sure to hydrate before practicing…and get ready to sweat it out! Anyone may participate in this level of yoga, but those that are pregnant or those sensitive to heat should try another form for their safety.
Kundalini is a great place for beginners to start. This form of yoga offers easier variation with movements using many postures and poses. The poses encourage the release of energy from the base of the spine (aka The Kundalini), and up through the seven chakras ending at the crown of your head. Kundalini is great for beginners because the exercises are generally repetitive and use deep meditation. Gongs and chanting may also be used while performing poses.
Ying Yoga is a restorative style which means it is slower in pace and involves holding the pose for a longer length of time. It often involves the use of props such as blocks to support the body while stretching to lessen the amount of the stress to the body. A very calming form of yoga, Yin Yoga establishes a greater sense of physical and mental balance while restoring energy. The modern Meridian theory, applied to Yin Yoga, state that energies “qi” flow through your body at twelve main meridians which are broken between yin and yang. Yin includes your liver, kidney, spleen, pericardium, heart and lungs. Yang includes your bladder, gallbladder, small and large intestines, stomach and your pancreas.
This form of yoga is derived from the traditional Hatha Yoga but is performed in a heightened, more intense sequence. Vinyasa Yoga sequences, performed faster than Hatha Yoga, have a strong connection between breath and pose. In performing Vinyasa Yoga movements, upward movements encourage breath inhaling, and downward movement, breaths exhaling. The continuous movements between poses will leave you exhilarated and stronger.
Paddle Board Yoga
For the more experienced yogi looking for a fun and new challenge, paddle board yoga might be right for you. Originating in Hawaii, paddle board yoga combines Hatha Yoga and performs on a paddle board in calm water. Even basic movements in paddle board yoga can be challenging! Try to practice movement with your board on land or in a pool before moving to open water.