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Guide To The Different Forms Of Yoga

Here’s how to find a yoga style that works best for you.

The benefits of yoga are endless, according to multiple studies over the years. Yoga can help strengthen your body and give your mental health a boost. However, there are many types of yoga practices to choose from. Classical forms of yoga have been adapted to be more focused on fitness in recent years. While they all have their benefits, it can be difficult to figure out what is right for you. The first thing to take into considers is your physical and mental goals. In the meantime, here is a guide to some of the different forms of yoga to help you find your flow.

Hatha yoga

When you think of yoga, Hatha yoga is probably what comes to mind for most people. It includes basic postures, like warrior poses and downward-facing dog. Oftentimes, the poses are combined to creates a series, like sun salutations. One also has to hold each pose for several breaths. This form of yoga is ideal for beginners or if you want to get a good stretch out of your practice. It could also help you find stillness.

Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga is a great way to relax, rejuvenate and heal. This practice is all about the slow pace and focuses on stretching by holding the poses for several minutes. You can also use supportive props like blankets and bolsters to get the most out of this experience.

Aerial yoga

Aerial yoga can be done at speciality studios. This practice can be quite fun as it offers you a chance to swing from a flying trapeze. It helps you get a good stretch. Aerial yoga includes elements of pilates, dance, and traditional yoga poses. Even though more research is needed to understand the potential benefits of this practice, it could help practitioners to deepen poses that can be more challenging to do on the floor. Also, it can be a fun way to move your body. Pregnant women and those who have a medical condition should consult with a health professional before trying this practice.

Vinyasa yoga

Taking a vinyasa class can be very beneficial. This type of yoga helps you find your flow and focuses on poses that are fluid from one pose to the next. It is about being mindful of breath and combining that with the movement of the body.

Darielle Britto

Darielle Britto has been in the world of journalism since 2014 — covering everything from breaking news to lifestyle for some of India's top publications. Currently, she focuses on all things food, fashion, travel, home, health, design and offbeat.
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