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Types of Yoga...

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Decoding Yoga Styles: A Comprehensive Guide to Help You Begin Your Journey


Embarking on a yoga journey can be both exciting and overwhelming. With so many styles to choose from, it's natural to feel a tad perplexed about where to start. Fear not, for we're here to guide you through the diverse world of yoga, helping you discover a practice that resonates with your needs and preferences. Whether you're a newcomer eager to embrace the benefits of yoga or an experienced yogi seeking new horizons, this blog is your compass to navigating the various paths available. Let's delve into the intricacies of different yoga styles, unravel their unique attributes, and help you find the perfect practice that aligns with your journey towards well-being.


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Contents:

Best for beginners: Hatha

Most dynamic: Ashtanga/Vinaysa

Most Chill: Yoga Nidra/Restorative

Most structured: Ashtanga

Most Variety: Mandala


 

Vinyasa

What is it?

  • Most popular

  • Links postures together using conscious transitions

  • Each movement is initiated by the breath


How can it help me?

  • Great for mobility, heart health and fitness

  • Can reduce stress, blood sugar and cholesterol

  • Good for people who need to move before they can become still


Yin

What is it?

  • Holds postures for 3-5 minutes

  • Target the joints, ligaments, connective tissues and deep fascia by relaxing muscles

  • Taoist priests taught this practice to Kung Fu practitioners around 2000 years ago


How can it help me?

  • Improves the energy flowing to our organs (rather than healthy muscles in Vinyasa)

  • Deeply calms and balances mind and body

  • Improves circulation and flexibility, as well as joint mobility




Hatha (great for beginners)

What is it?

  • Hatha Yoga is an ideal starting point for beginners.

  • This gentle practice involves holding postures and focuses on alignment, breathing, and mindfulness.


How can it help me?

  • It helps build a solid foundation for other yoga styles and promotes balance, flexibility, and relaxation.

  • Low intensity exercise so easy on the body

  • Increases flexibility and strength

Mandala

What is it?

  • Combo of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga to target a group of muscles

  • Move circularly round the mat

  • A holistic practice connecting body-mind to the elements


How can it help me?

  • Can improve perspectives and creativity

  • Improves mobility, flexibility and great for heart health

  • Targets both muscles and the connective tissues/fascia/joints




Ashtanga

What is it?

  • One of the most popular practices in the world

  • A set sequence of postures

  • Working with physical endurance, stamina and flexibility

  • Based around the 8 Limbs of Yoga


How can it help me?

  • Fantastic for physical health

  • Promotes inner peace and mental clarity

  • Improves focus and mental resilience

Restorative

What is it?

  • A gentle, restful and passive stretching practice

  • Uses props to support and release body towards the earth

  • Mainly practiced on the floor

  • Hold poses for long lengths of time - can be up to 20 mins


How can it help me?

  • Soothing practice for the mind and body

  • Great for people who struggle to sleep/need rest

  • Improves sleep

  • Studies show it can relieve musculoskeletal pain



Yoga Nidra

What is it?

  • Translated as 'Yogic Sleep'

  • Uses the senses to explore the body and breath to turn inwards

  • Enter a deeper state of relaxation into conscious sleep

  • Access delta brainwaves, responsible for the healing and restoration that happens in your body during deep sleep.


How can it help me?

  • Great for people struggling with sleep

  • One study reports an increase of up to 65% dopamine post practice

  • Studies show relief of symptoms in central nervous system diseases, such as, Parkinson's

Sound Healing

What is it?


How can it help me?

  • Sound Healing offers a unique way to enhance relaxation and promote healing. The vibrations are known to have a positive impact on the body, mind, and spirit.

  • Better pain management

  • Lower stress levels

  • Fewer mood swings

  • Improved sleep



Yoga is a magnificent journey that offers a variety of paths to well-being. Whether you're drawn to the flow of Vinyasa, the calm of Yin, the strength of Ashtanga, or the deep relaxation of Restorative practices, there's something for everyone. Each style brings its unique advantages, helping you cultivate physical vitality and inner tranquility. Whichever path resonates with you, remember that yoga is not just a practice; it's a lifelong journey of self-discovery and holistic wellness. Dive into these practices and embark on a transformative journey towards better health and a more centered mind.


Discover the beauty of yoga, explore the intricacies of each style, and allow the power of mindful movement and stillness to enrich your life. Start your yoga journey today and experience the transformation firsthand!




 

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