10 TYPES OF POPULAR YOGA

 

10 TYPES OF POPULAR YOGA

AERIAL YOGA

A yoga session practiced with a sling, which provides stability and allows one to get into deeper yoga poses. Students hang freely close to the ground, to strengthen core muscles and increase flexibility. It combines traditional yoga with Pilates and acrobatic poses. Aerial yoga can be practiced by people at all different fitness levels.

VINYASA YOGA

A common yoga style that strings together postures that flow gracefully from one to another, in yogi terms, it is a rapid flow of sun salutations. The goal is to synchronize breath and postures that move continuously with intention. It increases ones heart rate, due to short time spent in pose sequences.

YIN YOGA

A slow-paced strengthening session, holding poses and asanas for about 3-5 minutes but that can last up to 20 minutes at a time. These poses are derived from traditional yoga styles and target the connective tissues and joints that aren’t worked as much in other types of practices. An effective class that promotes stillness and silence for deeper relaxation.

HATHA YOGA

A gentle and slow-paced practice that focuses on controlled breathing to link the body and mind. It creates flexibility and strength as well as emotional balance. It allows students to get deeper into poses to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote better sleep.

BIKRAM YOGA

A yoga session that holds 26 poses for 90 minutes in a 105 degree heated room. It’s composed of low impact Hatha poses that flush out toxins and improve blood flow. The added heat during class can make it very challenging for beginners. It’s important to hydrate beforehand and dress properly for comfortability.

POWER YOGA

A vigorous Vinyasa style of yoga that practices poses that flow in an unstructured sequence. Its emphasis is on strength and flexibility and allows yoga instructors to design their own series of poses to mix things up. Often, power yoga is taught in a heated room to add a level of difficulty. It provides a higher intensity workout than other traditional styles of yoga. Great for promoting stamina and weight loss.

ASHTANGA YOGA

A structured order of continuous pose sequences that encourages one to breathe during each movement. It’s typically vigorous and physically challenging with 6 series that build upon the last, to progress students through to more difficult poses and asanas. A yoga style known to help students build themselves up mentally and physically.

RESTORATIVE YOGA

A yoga session that uses props to help one hold poses longer and deeper, allowing muscles to completely relax. Restorative yoga is very calming, which makes it a great practice to compliment with more active styles of yoga. It’s about slowing down and opening ones body through passive stretching. An excellent class for relieving stress and tension.

IYENGAR YOGA

A form of Hatha yoga that performs a variety of poses while controlling breath. Poses are held for longer periods of time using props such as blocks, belts and blankets to cultivate strength and stability. The props enable students to perform asanas properly, minimizing the risk of injury. This practice is a wonderful start for beginning yogis who aren’t fit enough to practice flowing styles of yoga practices.

KUNDALINI YOGA

Believed to be the most comprehensive form of yoga practice that involves highly specific postures, breathing techniques, and chanting mantras that work towards a specific outcome. If you’re looking for a spiritual class, look no further. This is not a traditional yoga style, and is loved by yogis who want to stretch, meditate and relax.