So finally you have managed to make some time for yourself, for yoga. Do not let your enthusiasm and excitement be clouded by the confusion of choosing a type for your daily practice. There are many options and you should choose the one which suits you the most, and also fulfills all your yoga goals. Making a right choice to get the desired benefits may scare you. But, trust me, there’s nothing you should be scared of. Moreover, how could you know which one works for you unless you try out some and then decide which one suits you best.As each of our body’s is different, so are its requirements to be fit. Therefore, not one yoga style is suitable for all. The yoga style of a teenager is most cases may not be the same as that of an elderly person, as their bodies have different requirements. Following is a list of some styles or types of yoga for beginners that you should know before you embark on your yoga journey:
- Vinyasa yoga
This yoga is recommended for intense exercisers, runners and endurance athletes because of the continuous movement and fast pace this type of yoga features. Teachers play music matching with beats and pose change accordingly, so be ready for your heart rate to rise. Vinyasa yoga links movement with breath almost in a way that it resembles a dance.
- Ashtanga yoga
It consists of six series of sequenced yoga poses. It’s mainly recommended for perfectionists and those looking for an ordered yet challenging approach. In some classes, there’s always a teacher calling out the sequence and poses, but in some, you have to do it on your own, nevertheless, there’s always a teacher available to help if you feel stuck. The main aim is to build internal heat, as you flow and breathe through each pose.
- Hatha yoga
Highly recommended for beginners as Hatha yoga is slow paced. It’s more about the basics and you are required to hold each pose for a few breaths. In Sanskrit, it refers to the yoga that teaches physical postures.
- Iyengar yoga
Recommended for geeks and people are looking for detail and precision. It involves the use of several yoga props, such as yoga blocks, blankets, straps and rope walls. It’s very interesting as you get to know, from the teachers, about anatomy, movement and form.
- Hot yoga
Sweat lovers and those looking for a tough workout that will leave you drenched, hot yoga is for you. Though heated classes are better than unheated ones, one should understand his or her capacity and decide. It is not limited to 26 pose Bikram sequence and hence is different from Bikram yoga that we would discuss next.
- Bikram yoga
Recommended for those who like a set routine, this type of yoga has a specific sequence of poses, 26 in number, and also a couple of breathing exercises which are generally performed in a room of 105 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 percent humidity. It is very important especially for beginners to be hydrated beforehand as Bikram yoga strenuous.
One can even try out pilates to add more variety to their exercise regime. At the end of the day, it is being fit that matters.