Yoga is a mind, body practice that has as many variations as meditation. You can be sure to find a variation that works for you. Whether you want a practice that is more focused on the physical aspects or the spiritual, meditative aspects or a combination.
In today’s post, we will be exploring 5 of the most commons yoga forms with some additional mentions.
The restorative yoga style is focused on relaxation and unwinding. This is the perfect style to practice at the end of your day. With restorative yoga, you usually do fewer poses. Each pose is gentle and held for a longer time than other forms. The use of props such as yoga blocks, pillows and blankets are highly encouraged with this style of yoga. The aim of this practice is to relax the body and free the mind so that your body can sink into a deeply relaxed state.
This style of yoga is great for beginners and those looking for a more meditative practice. This is a very slow-paced practice with the poses held for an extended period of time. Poses are typically seated and held for 45 seconds to 2 minutes allowing you to really ground into each new pose.
This is another slow-paced practice however it is a more physical practice. This is a great style for beginners. The poses are more centred around stretching and breathwork. This is one of the most popular forms of yoga with numerous styles. Hatha is the physical aspect of yoga.
Vinyasa yoga is a more fast-paced practice and quite popular. It is a flow of movement with a variety of poses. This style is more athletic and made for working out the body. This practice really gets your heart pumping, body sweating and mind engaged as you move through each pose.
This is another fast-paced practice and it is typically a lot more challenging than vinyasa yoga. The poses are a lot more challenging and focus more on strengthening the body. This can be a great strengthen or toning practice that you can add to your workouts.
Some other styles of yoga you can check out are:
- Kundalini yoga: this is an intense practice with deep breathing and mantras
- Iyengar yoga: focuses on the correct alignment of the body and maintaining precise form
- Ashtanga Yoga: follows the same sequence of poses every time. Great to track your progress over time and those who love routine
- Prenatal yoga: a practice for women in all stages of pregnancy. Pelvic floor work, deep breathing and bonding with the child is the focus of this practice
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