If you are thinking about starting to practice yoga, you probably know that there are different types of yoga. Answer these questions and find out which one is right for you.
What type of yoga is best for me? That question we have all asked ourselves upon hearing and knowing the many benefits of yoga. We already know that they range from putting you in a good mood, reducing stress and anxiety, improving your overall health, relieving tension … not to mention the great yogic ass you get practicing yoga. However, many of us have wanted to start and have been overwhelmed by the many different types of yoga there are.
We usually associate yoga with soft and slow exercises, but it is not always exactly that way. There are some types of yoga that require much more physical effort than another. We talked to you about some types of yoga some time ago and to help you decide which one to choose, in addition to reading this article, we ask you to ask yourself the following questions that will guide you in your choice.
Do you like intense physical exercise?
If the answer is yes, ask yourself now if the repetitive exercises are to your liking. If you don’t like anything at all, your type of yoga is VINYASA.
If, in addition to intense physical exercise, you do like repetitive exercise routines, think now if you are attracted to the idea of practicing yoga in a sauna. If the answer is yes, try BIKRAM yoga. If not, with the ASHTANGA.
We return to the first question. If you prefer moderate physical exercise, ask yourself if you want to stretch your muscles and relax. Yes? Well, your yoga is YIN YOGA.
If you don’t want the practice to be totally dedicated to stretching and relaxing, you have two options: the classic HATHA YOGA or the IYENGAR YOGA.
Types of yoga
We will explain the six best known types of yoga of the many that exist.
With Ashtanga, lung capacity and all the muscles of the body are exercised. This type of yoga is done by joining and accompanying breaths together with series of postures. There are six different series of movement-breaths and, normally, people start with one and when they perfect it they learn a different one.
It is usually recommended to practice at least three times a week in a quiet room with the appropriate corrections by the instructor, but always in silence. It requires some practice to be in a class with total silence and, therefore, teachers offer classes for beginners in which the clarifications are verbal and you can go until you feel ready to press your “mute” button.
The Bikram Yoga is done in rooms acclimated to a temperature of 40-42 ° C, so be prepared to sweat ( a lot) if you lean for this type of yoga, there is a version with a slightly lower temperature is called Hot Yoga , but both are quite similar.
This type of yoga is based on 26 postures that are exercised over 90 minutes and, when we talk about Bikram, there is usually no middle ground: either people love it or hate it.
People who love Hot Yoga mention the intensity of the exercise and what helps them release stress and toxins, however it should always be done with good instructors who know what they do because dehydration or dizziness can be common otherwise. In addition, not everyone has the physical conditions necessary to practice this type of yoga, so it is advisable to see a doctor who certifies that our health is iron and, before starting this adventure, talk and inform the monitors that you are new to the practice of Brikram Yoga.
Hatha Yoga refers to balance. “Ha” in Sanskrit means sun and “tha”, moon so the name of this type of yoga makes precisely reference to the balance sun and moon-male and female. Hatha Yoga is usually a slower and softer type of yoga than Vinyasa, Ashtanga or Bikram and focuses a lot on breathing. It is the ideal way to start with the world of yoga.
Iyengar is a yoga style that tries to correct posture, since it focuses on alignment and accuracy. The movements in this type of yoga are slow but do not trust, the exercise is equally intense. Like Hatha, Iyengar is an excellent introduction to yoga. If you have injuries or some type of physical limitation, you will feel super comfortable doing this type of yoga. Teachers undergo rigorous training and tend to have incredible knowledge about anatomy and modified poses for each body.
Restorative and Yin, would be translated into Spanish: Reconstituent and Yin, although it is known as Yin Yoga. And only with these words we already notice lowering our blood pressure. This type of yoga is designed to, through its slow practices, release the muscles, tendons and connective tissue. You will need patience and concentration because, normally, in a 90-minute class you can get to do only 4 or 5 postures, although they help you with accessories to calm body and mind. This type of yoga focuses on calming the nervous system, while the Yin aims to release connective tissues such as ligaments, joints or even bones. Most people leave these classes as if they had given a massage but if you are a nervous or very active person, this type of yoga is not for you.
A broad term name, Vinyasa. This term can refer to any style of yoga in which movement is linked to breathing breath. Classes vary greatly depending on the study and the teacher: they can be fast, sweaty and musical, or slower and more meditative. Either way, it flows from one posture to another without rest. Some classes incorporate singing and a talk about dharma (a short speech that links a principle of yogic philosophy with everyday life). Ashtanga-based vinyasa incorporates traditional Ashtanga poses in creative sequences.