Yoga is one of the most popular physical practices and in recent years, it has gained a lot of popularity across the world. With regular practice, yoga helps improve strength, flexibility and balance. These benefits of yoga are well documented. Besides, yoga also helps to relive stress. There are a wide variety of yoga disciplines one can choose from.
The most common types of yoga styles and their benefits one can choose.
- Hatha Yoga:
‘Hatha’ is a Sanskrit term which means an umbrella for all physical postures of yoga. The physical based yoga is most common and has many styles. This style is best for beginners as it is performed in a slow pace than other yoga styles. Today, Hatha yoga is a classic approach to breathing and exercises.
- Iyengar Yoga:
B.K.S Iyengar was the founder of Iyengar yoga. It focuses on alignment and precision of movements. The postures are performed while controlling the breath. Generally, the poses are held for long time. Iyengar yoga makes use of props to help perform perfect poses and also go deeper into poses in a safe manner. This style is beneficial for people with injuries who need to work slowly and methodically.
- Ashtanga Yoga:
In Sanskrit ‘Ashtanga’ means ‘Eight limb path’. This style is not recommended for beginners as it involves a very physically demanding sequence of postures. Ashtanga starts with five sun salutation A’s and five sun salutation B’s and then moves into a series of standing and floor postures.
- Vinyasa Yoga:
Vinyasa means ‘to place in a special way’ and in this case yoga postures. It is the most athletic yoga style. The movement is coordinated with your breath and the movement to flow from one pose to another.
- Prenatal Yoga:
This style is specifically performed by ‘moms to be’ and is designed for women in all trimesters. It is one of the best types of exercise for expectant mothers because of the pelvic floor work, focus on breathing and bonding with the growing baby. It helps mothers to prepare their body for labour and delivery.
- Anusara Yoga:
It is a modern version of hatha yoga. It focuses more on mind – body – heart connection. It is more joyful and inclusive derivative of Iyengar yoga. It emphasizes on alignment and heart centred movements. Also, it is sometimes considered as the spiritual style of hatha yoga.
- Restorative Yoga:
This is a style that focuses on mind and body relaxation. Many of the poses are modified to make them easier and more relaxing. Like Iyengar yoga, this sttyle also uses props like blankets and eye pillows. These props help you sink deeper into relaxation. Restorative yoga also helps to cleanse and free one’s mind.