Types of Yoga
Timeless Fitness Tip
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline that originated in India. In yoga, you hold postures (asanas), or move from one to another either while standing or on the floor. You usually end the workout with a relaxation or meditation exercise.
Yoga works the entire body and is great for strengthening and stretching. It improves posture, balance and range of motion while reducing carpal tunnel pain and can reduce risk of heart disease.
There are many types of yoga, ranging from almost entirely meditative to the very physically challenging; look for a beginning class or tape if you are new at yoga.
Types of Yoga
- Bikram. Practice yoga in 105 degree heat and 40 percent humidity. Bikram yoga has 26 poses total and a lot of alignment work. Good fit for beginners - if you can stand the heat!
- Hatha. Slow and gentle movements - also great for beginner's or when winding down at night.
- Vinyasa. This one will definitely have you moving. You flow from pose to pose. Vinyasa is the most popular style of yoga in America.
- Kundalini. Works the "core" area, the area that surrounds the lower spine the most - classes are known to be very intense.
- Ashtanga Yoga. Also known as Power Yoga, this form is very physically challenging. Best suited for ex-athletes or someone looking to really push themselves.
- Iyengar. This form of yoga uses lots of props such as blocks, harnesses, straps and cushions. Great for physical therapy.
- Anusara Yoga. Anusara is epitomized by "the celebration of the heart. Expect many "heart-opening" poses like backbends and more talking by the instructor in class.
- Restorative. Restorative yoga is focused on relaxation.
If you are new to yoga, we recommend Yoga for Beginners and Beyond . Even if you're not new to yoga, this set has routines that are so relaxing and feel so good you may wish to use them for some "down" time! Each of the 40 routines focuses on different physical and mental aspects of yoga, such as building strength, improving flexibility, reducing stress and more.
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