There are many styles of yoga to choose from. Here’s a guide to understanding some of the most popular options and whether they suit your physical and mental needs.
Maybe you made doing yoga or meditating a new years resolution before doing your research and finding the best type to fit your needs. No worries, it’s never too late to try a downward dog or even some chanting. Here’s a look at some of the more common forms of yoga and what to wear for each form.
Are there different types of yoga?
There are many styles of yoga. Some of the more popular ones in the U.S. include:
- Hatha Yoga – Considered a more gentle style, it has a slower pace and is very well suited for beginners. It includes asanas (poses0, controlled breathing and short periods of relaxation or meditation.
- Ashtanga Yoga – Also called power yoga, this is a more face-paced style and more physically demanding.
- Vinyasa Yoga – This style focuses more closely on breathing pacing with poses and movement. A class will usually start off slowly and build up to a faster pace towards the end.
- Iyengar Yoga – Chairs and pillows are used and it can help to reduce tension
- Kundalini Yoga – Chanting, mantras, and meditation accompany guided relaxation in this style of yoga.
- Bikram Yoga – Still a popular style of yoga, it’s also called hot yoga. The room is kept quite warm in order to help to loosen muscles. Participants will sweat copious amounts of fluid which helps with the cleansing focus of the class.
- Viniyoga Yoga– Is an individualized style of yoga, focusing on slow movements through poses that focus on balance and healing.
There are also dozens of variations on the more traditional formats of these styles of yoga. Experts recommend trying several different styles so that you find a yoga format that you feel comfortable with. If you are struggling with depression, the flow of poses, gentle movements, and especially the meditation and self-focus aspects of yoga, can be very soothing and restorative