We all knows that yoga is good for your health. From stress relief to weight loss to flexibility, the health benefits of yoga are extensive for the mind, body and soul. But, if you want to get started with yoga, how do you know which type to choose? Which is the best for you?
The type of yoga that’s best for each individual can vary, and it depends on the benefits you’re looking for. However, many people practice multiple types of yoga. There’s no need to choose just one!
There’s value in incorporating a wide variety of asana styles into your practice. Trying different types of yoga allows you to step out of your comfort zone and find the mix of styles that works best for you. Below are just a few you can explore.
This style of yoga follows a more traditional approach and has a specific sequence or rather set of sequences that do not change. It is a practice that focuses on asana (postures) and pranayama (breath control). Each pose is held for a specific number of breaths.
Yin yoga classes are slow paced and include long pose holds. It requires a mental workout, too: when holding hip opening poses for five minutes, for example, it can be quite challenging to stay in a meditative state. But don’t worry—this type of yoga is still good for everyone, because there are modifications for every pose and every level of student.
This is a dance-like type of yoga. Moves flow from one pose to the next with a focus on breathing. It can be a sweaty, muscle burning practice, or a gentle one depending on the teacher and type of class offered.
I encourage you to add some sort of yoga practice to your health routine. So go out there and explore the many different types of practices offered and find what works best for you. And remember, go slowly. Never force or push yourself into a posture, be patient with yourself. What’s the rush?
Most of all, have fun! Enjoy the process of building your yoga practice and bringing peace into your life and those around you.