Deciding on a type of Yoga to try out is important so you do not find yourself in a class that is too advanced, or does not suit your style. Yoga can “flow”, or it can have a slower pace through holding poses. Whatever your style may be, there is certainly a form of Yoga that will work for you. Here are the different types of Yoga, and a guide to finding the best one for you.
Nicknamed furniture yoga, this type of yoga is designed to use props. By using different forms of equipment like straps, blocks, harnesses, and incline boards, Lyengar Yoga will help you form close to perfect poses. This style is focuses on alignment and sequences. It is good for all yoga levels and ages..
Anusara is similar in form to Lyengar yoga, but with humor. It focuses on the expression of one’s self by allowing those practicing to express themselves with the poses. It’s great for beginners that don’t want to feel forced to live up to the teacher.
Ashtanga is the yoga of flowing. It will keep you moving from one pose to the next with only and inhale an exhale in between. It is slightly move advanced that some of the easier practices like Lyengar. Before attempting Astanga it is best to have some yoga knowledge so you will be able to keep up with the fast pace.
This style is not for the faint of heart, but for the ones who like to sweat considering it takes place in a room that is about 105 degrees. Bikram consists of 26 poses that are done twice. Bikram is best for those seeking to lose weight, and also for building endurance.
Hatha is perfect for beginners that want to mediate and work on their breathing techniques. It is very relaxing and takes a slow pace. It’s a great stepping stone into a more intermediate yoga level.
This style can actually help lower blood pressure, lower your risk for heart disease, and type two diabetes. It is similar to Hatha with a synchronized pose/breath combination. Vinyasa focuses on the Sun Salutation with a series of 12 poses that are linked to breathing. It’s good for all yoga levels and really does a great job strengthening the core.
Before choosing a yoga type, it is best to learn some of the poses and practice the breathing so you will be prepared for a class. If you don’t have time to even do that, try a Hatha class before doing anything too crazy.