Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What Type of Yoga Is Best For You?

What Type of Yoga Is Best for You?

With millions of practitioners worldwide, yoga is one of the most popular relaxation techniques ever created. It's also an excellent form of exercise that boosts flexibility and improves overall health. This ancient practice has been around for over 5,000 years. Its benefits are backed up by science, and include stress relief, stronger bones and joints, weight loss, and greater energy. If you know me personally, then you know how much yoga has helped to improve my quality of life, balance my energy as well as how much I rant and rave about the healing power of yoga. In this article I will shed a little light on the many types of yoga to help you determine which may be best for you. 

There is more than one way to do yoga. Depending on your needs, you can try Ashtanga, Anusara, hot yoga, or power yoga. While almost all of these styles share similarities, each has a particular emphasis. Here are the most popular types of yoga and their benefits:

Hatha Yoga 

This yoga style involves meditation, yogic breathing (pranayama), poses (mudra), and moral disciplines. Most asanas can be easily adapted for beginners, pregnant women, and people with special needs. When practiced regularly, hatha yoga builds flexibility and strength, improves your balance, and wards off stress. 


Vinyasa or power yoga is a great choice for those who want to lose weight. This yoga style involves explosive movements that raise your heart rate and boost endurance. If you join hatha yoga classes, expect to do standing and seated poses, headstands, and inversions. 

Prenatal Yoga

As its name suggests, prenatal yoga appeals to expecting mothers. The poses are designed for each stage of pregnancy. Their role is to ease labor pain and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. This type of yoga prepares your body for childbirth, improves circulation, and opens up the pelvic region. It may also reduce morning sickness, nausea, and back pain. 

Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga classes are held in hot, artificially heated rooms. Each session involves 26 asanas that have to done in a specific order. This yoga style promotes sweating and natural detox, relieves chronic pain, and aids in weight loss. 

Restorative Yoga

If you're stressed out or dealing with an injury, try restorative yoga. This gentle form of exercise relaxes your body and speeds up recovery. When used as part of a balanced lifestyle, it boosts your immune system and reduces the harmful effects of stress on the body.

What type of yoga are you doing? I'd love to know and by all means share how it has changed your life! I do read and reply to all comments, so don't be a stranger :-) 

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