What Kind of Yoga Should You Try?
No one can deny yoga has loads of health benefits. Lower blood pressure, lowered anxiety, increased bone strength, better circulation, and stronger bone density are just a few of those benefits. Yoga can also help get rid of menstrual cramps, encourage better digestion, and reduce headache frequency. Are you convinced yet?
Even if you’re ready to start yoga, choosing a class or a style of yoga can be intimidating. Immersing yourself into the yogi world or lifestyle takes time. Understanding the different styles of yoga can help you pick the class or style that’s best for you. And if you don’t like it the first time? Try a different style! It’s simply, it’s great for you and your stress level. Let’s be real, we know it’s high.
These classes are led by a teacher who encourages poses to flow together seamlessly. She or he won’t stop to talk about the differences in poses; they’ll simply encourage you to follow the flow of poses alongside them. It’s a fantastic workout. Some studios don’t call it Vinyasa, though. It’s a bit of an umbrella term that encompasses styles of yoga that flow together and create a solid workout.
If you love to sweat, you’ll love Bikram yoga. One of the reasons hot yoga and Bikram yoga are so popular is that the heat of the studio encourages your body to purge toxins. Each Bikram class you go to will use the same 26 poses; the routine is actually really relaxing. Get rid of your bodily toxins in the heated studio while you stretch and strengthen your muscles.
Hatha can be translated to ‘sun-moon’. There are several yoga sequences (known as the sun and moon salutations) that focus on your breathing and physical alignment. Moving at a slow pace, these classes can teach breathing exercises that help relax the mind too. The classes will work to create a balance of stillness and movement, encouraging relaxation. They’ll culminate with every yogi’s favorite word: savasana, or a period of deep relaxation.
What’s really cool about this style of yoga is that it was developed by Paulie Zink. He started doing yoga at age 14 and has lots of Martial Arts training under his black belt. This style stresses the importance of stretching, muscle temperature, and the length poses (asanas) are held for. Yin yoga poses are often held for ten minutes or more. It focuses on seated postures that help rejuvenate the tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Help your overworked joints with this style of yoga.
Heal your mind, body, and soul with this type of yoga. The poses are simple and held for long periods of time so your body can, you know, restore itself. This type of yoga is more focused on relaxation than flexibility. Sometimes, these classes will use props like pillows, straps, or yoga blocks to help yogis get their relaxation on.
Before you get excited about the association with the Kama Sutra, Tantra yoga focuses on the expansion of spiritual practices. How incredible is the idea of aligning your spiritual practice to your body? Tantra yoga works to align soul and body which we think is a pretty phenomenal deal.
Have you seen the posts on Instagram where some lithe yogi is doing some funky tricks with a partner? While that’s usually deemed acroyoga, partner yoga isn’t too different. Some yoga classes are specifically tailored to partners, meaning that the poses involve both parties. It helps keep new yogis inspired in their practice, and it also encourages them to try yoga as a new fitness method. Win win, right?
What kind of yoga do you practice? If you don’t, what classes would you like to try?