All types of yoga can offer you a lot of benefits and help you relax but knowing which style you should try can be challenging and a little stressful since there are bunch of style to choose from. I have narrowed down the most popular types of yoga and you may use this guide to help you navigate your options which of these best suits you.
(っ◔◡◔)っ Hatha Yoga is the most common type of yoga since most of the yoga classes can be referred or considered as such. Best known as the beginner-friendly practice and usually described as the physical practice of yoga. Hatha classes provide the introduction of the basic postures and movements - includes series of standing poses, balances, twists, seated postures and backbends that are combined to create a simple class.
If you are a beginner or someone who wants to learn the basics of Yoga, wants to focus on breathing and meditation, and wants to learn proper alignment then this style is for you.
This style can help you stretch, relieve stress, release tension and tones your body.
(っ◔◡◔)っ Bikram or also known as Hot Yoga. This type of yoga is a fitness oriented where you can burn a lot of calories, build your stamina and as well as getting rid of your toxins from your body. Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 poses practiced in a hot temperature room where you'll be sweating a lot.
This style is for you if you want to push yourself, who has physical injuries and want to focus on endurance.
Bikram or Hot Yoga helps your body relax, improves breathing, enhances flexibility, cleanses the body, and help you speeds up recovery from injury.
Please take note: Bikram is not recommended for pregnant and those with heart problems.
(っ◔◡◔)っ Ashtanga means "eight-limbed" and refers to the eight limbs of yoga that basically has 8 guidelines on how to live a meaningful life. It is more on a methodical style of practice. It is physically demanding and it comprises a precise series of poses, breathing concentration and meditation exercises in a continuous flow.
So, If you're an ex-athlete who want physical practice, who want a good workout or wants to maintain strength and stamina then this style is for you.
Ashtanga can help you improve your spiritual self, weight loss, improves coordination, relieves stress and help you focus the mind.
(っ◔◡◔)っVinyasa yoga signifies "breath-synchronized development." It is a flowing style of practice with a specific sequence of poses in which movement is linked to breathing. In this style, you'll be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. It can be fast-paced, sweaty, and set to music, or slower and more meditative.
This is best for you if you already have some yoga experience, want a full-body work-out, you're a runner and an endurance athlete.
Vinyasa improves your strength and flexibility, decrease anxiety and depression, helps you quit bad habits, increase energy and reduce a migraine.
(っ◔◡◔)っIyengar is a form of Hatha Yoga which is an excellent intro to yoga. This type of yoga is the practice of precision which pays closely to details and the alignments of each posture that is great for physical therapy. When you do Iyengar yoga, expect props to be used in this practice such as blocks, harness, straps, and even cushions to aid your alignment.
This type of yoga is well-suited for you if you want to learn the correct alignment in each pose, balance issues, injuries, back problems or physical limitations and stress problems.
Iyengar can offer you benefits like improves your balance, strengthen and bring the body into alignment, speeds up recovery from an injury, and cope with mental and spiritual stress.
(っ◔◡◔)っAnusara is a modified version of Hatha yoga. Which means “flowing with grace,” “going with the flow,” “following your heart.” This style is a flowing, fast-growing, vinyasa-like style of yoga that shows you poses that allow your heart to open, meditation and spiritual mantras. It focuses on letting you experience the bliss and joy in your yoga practice and in your daily life
If you're looking for a physically challenging class but non-threatening and less intense then Anusara may be just for you.
Anusara can help you grow spiritually and emotionally, provides flexibility to your body, helps you to relieve stress and can enhance your mood.
(っ◔◡◔)っ Restorative is a simple and gentle practice of yoga. It is more on relaxation than sweating. Basically, it is all about healing the mind and body where you can stretch your body through passive and mellow way. In Restorative yoga, usually 5 or 6 simple poses often held for 5 minutes or held a long time. And, props are used to fully support your body so that you can hold longer poses.
If you want a class that is relaxing, calming, full of gentle stretching, injured, stressed or ill and wants to regain the quality of life then look no further coz this type of yoga is for you. It is definitely for physical and emotional rehab.
Restorative will give your body an active relaxation session, enhance flexibility, lose weight, heal emotional pain, recover from illness or injury.
Well, the truth is, you can't determine what suits you best without trying it out. The best thing here is you don't have to limit yourself to one style. You have to take the time to discover and mix up. Because at the end of the day, it will always come down to your preferences and goals.
Remember, yoga is not just an exercise but a way of life to connect and unite your body, mind, and soul. Hope the above list helps you get a better understanding of the various types of yoga.
A Piece of advice: It is always the best to check with your doctor before engaging in any program especially if you have any medical problems.