Yoga has its beginnings centuries ago with the teachings of Patanjali and his Yoga Sutra. His teachings were passed down from teacher to teacher for years. Yoga has widely been known as a “mind body” exercise, a form of exercise that creates and enhances the connection between the physical self and the mental self.
Over the years, yoga has transformed into several different forms or types. These types of yoga offer practitioners different benefits. Types of yoga include: Ashtanga yoga, hatha yoga, hot (Bikram) yoga, Iyengar yoga, Jivamukti yoga, Kundalini yoga, Power yoga, prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, tantra yoga, vinyasa yoga, as was as yin yoga.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
For this article, we will discuss Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
Hatha Yoga is believed to be the most popular system of yoga. It is the yoga of postures or poses. This form of yoga will combine breath with postures, to ascertain a balance between the mental, physical and spiritual self.
Ashtanga Yoga is a form of yoga that combines breath and postures to create heat in the body that will cleanse the body of toxins. According to Ashtanga.com, this form of yoga will lead to a more cleansed and detoxified body, strong body, and clear mind by doing a set sequence of poses.
According to Ann Pizer, a yoga expert, Power Yoga is a form of yoga similar to Ashtanga that has become popular in the fitness industry in recent years.
The main difference is each power yoga class may be sequenced with different poses. This class may be better suited for fit individuals and may not be well suited for beginners, however levels of Power Yoga may be offered at your gym or fitness studio.
Restorative yoga is a form of yoga that will restore a deep relaxation in the body. Many of the postures involve props and supported body positions.
This form of yoga also connects the breath and meditation with the postures. This type of yoga would be beneficial for a new practitioner or someone suffering from much stress and anxiety.
Many yoga classes are offered in levels (for example, a class may be called “Beginner Hatha”). If you are new to yoga, I would suggest finding a yoga instructor who teaches levels of this class, and start with the beginner level.
Yoga classes are also offered at various times throughout the day. Depending on your schedule, you may want to try a more posture based class in the morning to energize your body, while a more restorative class may be better suited for the evening. Yoga class length will also vary.
As a beginner, a shorter class may be better suited for your body. As your body becomes adjusted to the classes, you can begin to attend longer classes. To begin, I would start with practicing once per week, and increasing frequency as it fits into your routine.
With so many types of yoga, I would strongly suggest that you try as many of them as you like! You may find that you enjoy one type of yoga, but not another. Don’t worry: that is typically normal and totally fine!
Practice the types of yoga that you enjoy doing, as you will be more likely to do it consistently and will feel the benefits!