What Kind of Yoga Is Right for You

Yoga’s physical benefits include increased flexibility, balance and muscle tone, to name a few. The practice also enhances mental health by offering a rare escape from multitasking and a great way for people of all ages to practice letting go of stress.

Yoga is definitely for everyone, but there are various styles of Yoga to pick from. Choose the one that’s best for you.

1) Vinyasa

Vinyasa Yoga is characterized by fluid movements and frequent switching between different poses, which raises the heart rate. It makes for a great hour of cardio.

Good for those who don’t like doing the same poses every week, since vinyasa teachers generally change the routine for each class.

2) Hatha

Hatha is a general term for yoga that focuses on physical poses as a way toward self-realization. A hatha class is likely to be traditional, gentle (depending on the teacher), and often incorporates focused-breathing exercises and meditation.

Great for those who want to experience yoga’s mental benefits.

3) Ashtanga

One of the most demanding types of yoga, ashtanga incorporates fast-paced cardio with strength training. Unlike vinyasa, ashtanga yoga uses a set sequence of poses and is usually more vigorous.

Ideal for people who like sticking to a routine and for those who want a more physically intensive yoga class.

4) Power Vinyasa

Power vinyasa yoga arose from ashtanga yoga but is physically more taxing and does not have a set sequence of poses.

Perfect for people who don’t like practicing the same poses every class, but still want a heart-pumping yoga class.

5) Iyengar

Iyengar yoga, established in the 1970s by B.K.S. Iyengar, emphasizes perfect alignment, using props, such as blocks, belts and blankets.

Anyone with an injury or chronic condition will benefit from this yoga, which is often recommended as healing therapy.

6) Bikram

Bikram yoga is a form of hot yoga, created by Bikram Chowdhury, which consists of a never-changing, 26-pose sequence in saunalike rooms with temperatures that can reach 105 degrees and up to 40 percent humidity.

Beneficial for beginners and for those who wish to detoxify and lose weight. As with all forms of hot yoga, Bikram should be practiced carefully to prevent dehydration.

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  1. Great outline but you missed my favorite- Kundalini Yoga. It's meditative and thoughtful, levels up based on how hard you push yourself so classes aren't by level, and has proven to be good strength and balance training for me. The classes are different every time.

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