If you’re bored of your usual exercise regime, yoga may be perfect for you. Yoga is not only for the mind, body and spirit, there are additional benefits you may not know about.
Yoga’s main component is health, which is maintained by a simple and well regulated diet, adequate sleep, some physical exercise (in this case Yoga) and relaxation. Here are 8 different forms of yoga, each with their own style of exercise.
This is a foundation for every style of yoga that exists. Hatha yoga is a holistic path that includes but is not limited to: discipline, postures, purification procedures, breathing, and meditation.
- Pros: Increases flexibility and the lubrication of joints and tendons. It is a great way of toning your muscles and the mind-with mediation and breathing exercises.
- Cons: If your goal is burn lots of calories, this may not be for you. Although it has many health benefits, weight-loss is gradual.
Fluid, acrobatic yoga-usually in a hammock. Consists of compression free inversions, is all about trust, and will leave you with a blissful sensation of floating.
- Pros: Great way to stretch and strengthen the body without overstressing the joints. May be easier to perform because of the support of the hammock, which can help those who may have trouble with back and forward bends.
- Cons: Does not focus on breathing techniques, which some may question its validity as a form of yoga.
This is a playful class filled with a strong emphasis on proper alignment and tantric yoga. Broadly categorised into the three A’s: Attitude, Alignment and Action, as well as following the Universal Principles of Alignment.
- Pros: Lessons in breath techniques and posture alignment. Can be very therapeutic and accommodating to people with special therapeutic needs.
- Cons: There are truly no cons to this type of yoga, as it is accommodating to people with all types of needs.
An athletic and dynamic type of yoga. Made up of six vigorous postures, with each pose increasing in difficulty.
- Pros: It is a great style because it involves synchronising your breathing with a progression of postures. This also leads to production of intense heat which causes stress, thus creating a detoxifying process.
- Cons: More for the athletic type, can be more challenging than other styles. Memorisation is key. It takes time and requires meeting developmental milestones before moving onto the next posture which can sometimes cause frustration.
A 90 minute class consisting of 26 postures and breathing exercises, taking place in studio heated to 105° with 40% humidity. Prepare to sweat!
- Pros: Detoxifies your skin, increases flexibility and strength. The hot air in the room is good for your lungs, making it easier to breathe and practice breathing techniques. You ultimately feel rejuvenated after.
- Cons: May cause dehydration which can commonly cause dizziness. Keep hydrated, well before and after the class.
This is a restorative form of yoga and is a class emphasizing healing the body and mind through the use of supportive poses.
- Pros: A very therapeutic style, contributing to soothing aches and pains in the body. Contains Pranaymas which are breath control exercises. For all you slouchers out there, this can definitely help improve posture!
- Cons: Some people find the postures take too long to perform, thus leaving them bored or anxious to finish the class. Unfortunately, does not work well with all types of people.
Focus on the power and influence of mediation and breathing. Also considered to be a detox of the body and mind.
- Pros: An intensified style that gives insight into a deeper state of mind and spiritual findings. Postures are similar to Hatha yoga and create a great sense of energy improvement.
- Cons: It is not a self-taught style as it can result in improper use, causing physical problems. If you are not in a spiritual state of mind, this style may be too much to take in, ultimately leaving you with mixed emotions.
A slower class, taking you deeper into the practice of yoga. Yin yoga is an ideal method of physical conditioning with a prolonged mediation practice.
- Pros: Highlights deepening postures, meditation and creating greater flexibility.
- Cons: If meditation is not your thing, a class with a series of challenging postures may be best.
Which style works best for you?