There are so many yoga studios around today, you can find dozens and sometimes hundreds in any decent sized city. There are also many different types of yoga. If you are considering studying yoga, it’s a good idea to look over your options and decide what type of yoga is best for you.
Types of Yoga
Some of the most popular types of yoga are:
● It began in the 15th Century in India. It is a relatively simple and basic system that concentrates on the physical aspects of yoga and incorporates postures (called asanas), stretching exercises and breath control. It is excellent for building general strength and stamina. A stripped down version of this yoga, with the meditation aspect minimized, is very popular in North America and Europe. This is a fairly easy yoga for beginners, and isn’t difficult or dangerous providing that you are reasonably healthy to begin with and do not approach the exercises as if you were doing calisthenics. Remember, yoga exercises are done gradually and gently. Hatha Yoga also has several subtypes such as Vinyasa Yoga which is more concerned with synchronizing breath to movement than is standard Hatha.
● It is a type of yoga that could be considered or defined as “power yoga.” It’s far more active and the movements are much faster and delivered with intention. The pushups and lunges of Ashtanga can deliver benefits such as strength, increased muscle coordination and weight loss. However, it is a yoga for people who are reasonably physically fit and not obese. It is also not a yoga for frail people or for those who have physical problems. If you decide to try Ashtanga Yoga, you should build up to it by practicing Hatha Yoga first.
● It sstarted out as a subtype of Ashtanga and has changed so much over time that many authorities now consider it to be a separate discipline. The main differences from Ashtanga are that Lyengar uses props like straps, blocks and blankets to assist in exercises and that poses are held for much longer periods. Also, Lyengar has become a slow motion yoga like Hatha, where poses are assumed slowly and there are often pauses between transitions. The benefits of Lyengar are increased strength, flexibility and improved balance. The adaptation of props like blocks, cushions and straps means that even the disabled and elderly can benefit from Lyengar Yoga.
Bikram (Hot Yoga)
● It is yoga practiced in a hot room, typically 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit 35 to 37.7 degree Celsius. The purpose is to use heat to improve flexibility of muscles and to sweat out toxins. Anyone practicing this yoga should be in reasonably good physical condition and make sure they stay well hydrated with electrolyte enhanced water. Remember, the way to stay properly hydrated is not to wait until you get thirsty to drink, but to drink regularly throughout exercise.
Types of Yoga
● Perhaps the most gentle yoga is Ananda Yoga, which concentrates on simple and gentle postures, proper body alignment and controlling the breath. This yoga is very mild and excellent for beginners and young children.
It is also important to remember that you should have a physical or at least consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Like many aspects of Eastern culture, yoga is a process of dedication as well as physical and mental concentration. You should be certain that you can physically follow the yoga path that you choose.
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