In one of the previous blogs, I spoke about how there are different types of yoga targeting different areas, providing different benefits, and catering to varying audience. In this blog, we will be looking at four common forms of yoga, their benefits and more importantly if it is the right type of yoga for you!
Hatha yoga is a great place for beginners to start. It is a slow-paced yoga that focuses on breathing, balance, and stretching. It’s usually pairs poses with different pranayama making it great for both physical and mental health. A lot of other yoga forms like Ashtanga yoga and Vinyasa yoga (discussed further in the article) come under the umbrella of Hatha Yoga while still differing in minute ways.
Hatha yoga can help regulate sleep, improve mood and emotional health, improve balance, reduce stress levels, and be helpful with back pains.
The word Ashtanga is combination of two Sanskrit words meaning “eight limbs”. It is a vigorous style of yoga containing a series of postures where each pose is linked via breath. There are six levels of sequence including primary and secondary series. If you are new to this world, it is great to start by practicing and mastering the primary sequenced before trying the more advanced forms.
Ashtanga yoga is great for people who are athletic. It focuses on improving your breath, poses, and flexibility. Additionally, it is also great for weight loss, increasing stamina, lowering blood pressure or stress levels.
Vinyasa yoga is a breathing based yoga with an ever-changing nature. This allows you to focus on all parts of the body and furthermore save you from repetitive practices. Vinyasa is usually a string of postures come together.
Vinyasa yoga connects one pose with another with transitions and breathing developing strength, improving flexibility and is also considered to be a moving mediation.
Vinyasa yoga is great for people looking to strengthen their cardiovascular health or metabolism. Furthermore, it is also a great option for people looking to lose weight.
Yin yoga focuses on joints, bones, and tissues. It a slow-paced yoga focusing on both the body and the mind. Yin yoga mostly comprises of static poses than are held for a few minutes focusing on a particular joint in the body.
As yin yoga is a slow-paced meditative yoga, it creates a sense of calm in your mind. However, it also has a myriad of physical benefits like increasing flexibility and boosting circulation.
Yin yoga is perfect got those looking for a balance between high paced workouts and strong meditative practices. Yin yoga manages to beautifully combine the two in a very seamless manner. Furthermore, yin yoga is also good for people dealing with injuries.
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