Finding the right yoga style for you!

Finding the right yoga style for you.

You walk into a yoga class and find out that you are chanting for an hour with no physical activity, or you find yourself pouring sweat into a physically challenging form of yoga with less attention to detail. While these may not be deal breakers for everyone, you still need to find your perfect yoga style fit.

We’ll dive right into the most popular types of hatha yoga in the United States, covering their benefits and setbacks.

 Yoga means “union or yoke”, connecting the mind and body to one’s own pure bliss nature. Try different styles of yoga and you’ll quickly find what format suits your needs. We will take you on a journey of some of the different styles of hatha yoga offered in the United States.

VINYASA YOGA OR POWER YOGA

This style of yoga is popular in health clubs. Vinyasa yoga is a series of flowing postures with rhythmic breathing for a vigorous mind and body workout. The good thing about a vinyasa class is that it’s never boring, always changing day-by-day, just like life. You will develop strength and flexibility, but on the other hand, if you’re new to yoga, this format can be overwhelming if you don’t know all of the specifics of each pose. Some styles of vinyasa yoga require a 15 to 20 min chat or spiritual teaching or meditative advice before you start your practice. This will help you to develop a broad range of yoga education, but some people may find this to be wasting too much of their physical time.

 ASHTANGA

This vigorous practice, developed by K. Pattabhi Jois, is a system based on six series of poses (asana) done in a fast-paced manner. This non-stop vinyasa style yoga will cause you to sweat. This style of yoga does focus more on the breath. Some yogi’s love the athletic part, with less spiritual talk. This may be considered boring after a while, doing the same poses over and over again, with less attention to detail of each pose. They find themselves getting into the pose before the teacher tells them what’s next.  

IYENGAR

The great B.K.S.Iyengar is the founder of this intense detail-oriented style of yoga. You will learn a deeper understanding of each pose in order to meet precise muscular and skeletal alignment demands. There is no class flow, more holding a pose for longer times, which can be very intense. This style of yoga uses props, belts, blocks and blankets to help you to connect to the pose and understand and feel the pose at your best. This style of yoga is great if you have some sort of injuries or imbalance. Some yogi’s or yogans (women/men) find this style to be very slow and feel they are not getting much of a workout. It should be noted also that in some health clubs they do not offer props.

 BIKRAM

As soon as you walk into this class you will sweat, the studio temperature can go up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It feels like a sauna. The owner of this popular style of yoga is Bikram Choudhury, who has designed 26 traditional postures from hatha to help you flush toxins out of the body as well as keep your immune system healthy. This style of yoga is great for people with lower back pain as well as other forms of injuries. You will have the time to focus on one pose, as the heat will allow you to go deeper into the pose as you wish. On the flip side, this means that you can cause more injuries if you’re not careful. The heat feels good to the yogi body, which may cause you to feel an increased level of flexibility. Some yogi’s find that they prefer to develop natural heat from doing sun salutations better than a heated room, which can cause dehydration and dry skin over a period of time.

I just gave you some of the most popular styles of yoga practice in the United States. There are over 100 more types of yoga styles. Always try to branch out and try as many styles as you can to see and feel what style of yoga fits your needs. Also remember that each teacher has their own unique teaching approach with each discipline. Good luck on your new journey of discovering you. 

 

By Charles Jojo Tyler

Charles Jojo Tyler has three programs available on Trainnr. 

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