What’s the Right Yoga Style for You?
12 December 2012,13:17:12 BST
Practicing yoga is a great way to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. While you are working out, yoga will also release tension and quieten your mind, giving you a feeling of complete relaxation. In order to get the most benefit and enjoyment from your yoga sessions, you should choose a yoga style can that suits your current fitness level and exercise goals. All the different styles of yoga can be overwhelming for a beginner but, by finding the best style for you, you will be more likely to succeed in your workouts and, most importantly, have fun! Here are just some of the most popular yoga styles to help you make your choice:
Hatha Yoga is the style that beginners are most likely to be familiar with, consisting of recognisable poses like the Cobra and Downward Facing Dog. Hatha yoga is designed to bridge the body and mind. During a class, you will work through a series of poses called ‘asanas’. This could include Sun Salutations, balancing poses, and forward and back bends. The class concludes with a final relaxation session called ‘Savasana’. A Hatha yoga class is ideal for beginners who want to be challenged without being overwhelmed.
Ashtanga is one of the oldest forms of yoga, concerned with linking breath and movement. It is also one of the most athletic and physically demanding forms of yoga. During an Ashtanga class, you will seamlessly flow from pose to pose. Some of the poses can be very advanced, making them better suited to people who have had some experience of yoga. Wear loose cotton lounge pants or our Staydown Leggings for an Ashtanga yoga class so you are comfortable when performing the advanced poses.
An Iyengar yoga class is an ideal introduction for beginners as it provides a strong foundation for many of the more advanced yoga styles. This style of yoga is said to alleviate anxiety, depression and fatigue. Classes are slow paced with a focus on correct form and structural alignment and breathing. During class, you will work through a series of standing and balancing poses designed to engage your legs and core. Iyengar yoga teachers are very verbal, correcting alignment errors as you work through the poses. This makes these classes ideal if you like explicit instruction. Wear our comfortable Yogawear or loungewear for Iyengar yoga classes so you will be free to move without restriction.
Otherwise known as ‘hot yoga’, Bikram yoga classes are performed in rooms heated to around 40°C. This heat will help you stretch deeper and rid your body of toxins. For this vigorous class, forego your yoga sweater and stick to shorts and a crop top. During a Bikram yoga class, you will work through a sequence of 26 poses. These poses are designed to stretch and strengthen your muscles, as well as cleansing your internal organs. It’s the ideal class for anyone who likes to sweat!← Previous Post Next Post →