Keep Calm and… Do Yoga

Photo by Jason Michael

Photo by Jason Michael

There are many different types of yoga to practice, so its important to find out which type of yoga is right for you. Here’s a quick introduction to some of the most common types of yoga, compiled by Jordan:

    • Bikram Yoga– Get ready to sweat. You will be practicing in 105 degree heat and in 40% humidity. But Bikram only has 26 poses and there’s a lot of alignment work so it is a good fit for beginners.
    • Hatha Yoga– This class is likely to be focused on slow and gentle movements so it’s a great type of yoga to wind down at night.
    • Vinyasa Yoga– You’ll definitely be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. It is the most popular style of yoga in America.
    • Kundalini Yoga– Refers to the energy of the Root Chakra, which surrounds the area around you lower spine. Expect lots of work in your core area, these classes are known to be intense.
    • Ashtanga Yoga– Commonly called Power Yoga. Asgtanga is definitely physically demanding. It is probably best suited for an ex-athlete or someone who is looking to push their body.
    • Iyengar Yoga– Expect lots of props with this style of yoga such as blocks, harnesses, straps and even cushions. There’s also a lot of focus on alignment so Iyengar can be great for physical therapy.
    • Anusara Yoga– Expect many heart opening poses like backbends and more talking by the instructor. It is epitomized by the Celebration of the Heart.
    • Restorative Yoga– If you’re looking to wind down after a long day of work, quiet your mind- Restorative yoga might be the answer for the relaxation.
    • Juvamukti Yoga– Is a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist

Check out your local yoga studio for their class schedules!

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