Your Yoga Style

Your Yoga Style

The word yoga means to yoke, or to unite. There are many types of yoga, all of which focus on uniting the body, mind, and breath in coordinated movements. The benefits of a regular yoga practice are numerous.

  • After just one class you will experience lower stress levels, and greater flexibility.

  • After a few months of yoga practice you may experience lower blood pressure, relief from chronic back and neck pain, and an improved sense of balance.

  • After years of yoga practice, you will reap the best benefits, such as stronger bones, healthier weight, and lower risk of heart disease!

Because there are many different types of yoga, selecting a class at a studio might, at first, may seem overwhelming. Choose a style of yoga that matches your goals while taking into consideration your current level of fitness.

Some of the more popular style of yoga are:

  • Yoga Flow or Vinyasa can be appropriate for beginning to advanced yogis. Students flow from one pose to the next, each coordinated with breath. Beginners look for a gentle yoga flow class and advanced yogis look for a power yoga flow class.

  • Yin Yoga moves slowly through each asana, or pose, which is held for several minutes. The goal is to gently stretch the connective tissue around a joint. There are many poses and adaptations, to accommodate the spectrum of abilities.

  • Power or Ashtanga is great for individuals who are already active. These classes move at a faster pace and will definitely help you break a sweat.

  • Bikram or “Hot” yoga can be very challenging, as it is completed in a room heated to over 100 degrees. This class moves through a series of 26 poses that will help your body stretch deeply. People with high blood pressure or diabetes should consult with a doctor before choosing this style.

  • Restorative Yoga is very calm and restful, a great way to restore and relax. Most of the positions in this yoga practice are completed lying down and props are often used.

  • Kundalini style classes focus on meditation, chanting, and visualizations. If you’re looking for a more spiritual and philosophical approach to yoga, then this is the class for you.

Not sure of the best fit? Ask your Vida health coach for suggestions.

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