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By Danielle Brady
There are many almost as many different types of yoga as there are benefits to yoga.
It is relaxing, stretches out tired muscles, improves flexibility and mood—the list of health benefits could go on and on.
Here is a look at some of the different types of yoga, and how they can benefit you.
In hatha yoga, the name of the game is stretching, deep breathing, and meditation. You may start out meditating in a seated position, and then move on to standing poses.
It is a very basic type of yoga, and some may find that it moves a little too slowly for them. All yoga can help with stress relief, but hatha yoga is especially known for helping women to de-stress.
Hot yoga, if you’ll excuse the pun, is the hottest new thing in the yoga world (sorry!).
As the name suggests, this is yoga done in room where the temperature is set to 100 degrees or more. (It is also known as Bikram yoga, which is a little less descriptive.) The sessions usually last around 90 minutes. The heat makes your muscles more flexible, and gets the blood flowing.
The benefits of hot yoga include a good workout for your heart and burning a lot of calories. And, because you are in a very hot room where you are sweating, it also offers a quick kind of a detox.
If you decide to try hot yoga, just make sure you stay well hydrated, and take a break if the heat becomes too much for you.
If hatha yoga is too slow for you, you might try power yoga (also known as ashtanga yoga). As the name suggests, power yoga is very active, and it includes a lot of standing poses. It also includes jumping into poses, and can get increasingly difficult.
It can give you quite a workout, and some might find it too demanding.
Power yoga increases flexibility, stamina, and strength, and loosens up muscles that you work out when you do strenuous exercise.
It is not for those who are looking for a relaxing yoga session!
On the other hand, that’s exactly what anusara yoga is. Anusara yoga gives you the chance to do some deep thinking and a chance for self-exploration.
Anusara is said to promote a positive self image and self-esteem. It is a good type of yoga for those interested in meditation.
In restorative yoga, you concentrate on deep breathing, stretches, and there is some soul searching involved as well. After warming up in restorative yoga, you may move on to floor poses.
If you are healing from emotional or health problems, restorative yoga might be for you.
In Yin yoga, poses are held for a relatively long period of time—a few minutes, or even longer.
Whereas power yoga concentrates on your muscles and giving them a workout, Yin, on the other hand, uses poses that concentrate on connective tissues. It improves flexibility and increases circulation in the joints.
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different kinds of yoga.
If you are thinking that you might want to try a class, take a look at your local gym or yoga studio. Very often, they’ll even let you take a class for free and decide if it’s the right one for you.
Whether you have a specific issue you would like help with, or you just want to work on some techniques for relaxation, yoga can help you reap a multitude of benefits.