Friday, May 23, 2014

How Can You Choose Which Type of Yoga is Right For You?


Have you considered taking a yoga class, but are intimidated by the many types of yoga? There are many types of yoga, some of which are widely available and some of which are only taught at specialized yoga studios. The following descriptions will help you get a feel for the many types of yoga available.

Ashtanga is the original yoga practice, and is widely respected. Ashtanga is athletically demanding but paced such that you will work through a series of asana while breathing through the movements. Ashtanga students practice the same series of poses until they master a level and are approved to move onto the next series.

Power yoga is the American version of yoga, the one you'll find at most gymnasiums and community centers. Poses are altered from the original Astanga to be either more or less physically demanding, and are presented in a variety of forms and routines. You will learn basic breathing techniques to assist you as you move through the poses, but many of the poses may be altered to provide more or less of a workout, dependent on the instructor.

Bikram yoga is popular amongst those who like to sweat, since the classes are heated to at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Bikram yoga is fast-paced and consistent; the instructor will lead you through the same routine every time, including two series of breathing exercises.

Dahn yoga is relatively a new yoga practice, begun by Ilchi Lee in the mid-eighties. This form of yoga combines yoga poses with other martial arts techniques. The practice is intended to free the flow of chi so you have unfettered flow of energy throughout your body.

Another recently new type of yoga practice is Anasara yoga, developed by John Friend in the late nineties. Anasara yoga is very graceful and elegant, and the practice is combined with spiritual principles of seeking to embody the virtues of goodness, purity, and altruism.

While deciding which yoga studio to visit, consider reading up on yoga practices or watch a DVD so you can try out some of the moves at home.

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