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Fitness Tip: How to Pick the Right Yoga Style for You

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Fitness Tip: How to Pick the Right Yoga Style for You

YOGA IS A WONDERFUL THING TO DO FOR BODY AND SOUL. IT WORKS FOR MOST AGES AND STAGES OF FITNESS, TOO.

 

Yoga’s physical benefits include increased flexibility, balance and muscle tone, to name a few. The practice also enhances mental health by offering a rare escape from multitasking and a great way for people of all ages to practice letting go of stress.

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Yoga can work for anyone, but there are various styles of Yoga to pick from. Choose the one that’s best for you.

 

Vinyasa

What it is: Vinyasa Yoga is characterized by fluid movements and frequent switching between different poses, which raises the heart rate. It makes for a great hour of cardio.

Who it’s for: Good for those who don’t like doing the same poses every week, since vinyasa teachers generally change the routine for each class.

Hatha

What it is: Hatha is a general term for yoga that focuses on physical poses as a way toward self-realization. A hatha class is likely to be traditional, gentle (depending on the teacher), and often incorporates focused-breathing exercises and meditation.

Who it’s for: Great for those who want to experience yoga’s mental benefits.

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Ashtanga

What it is: One of the most demanding types of yoga, ashtanga incorporates fast-paced cardio with strength training. Unlike vinyasa, ashtanga yoga uses a set sequence of poses and is usually more vigorous.

Who it’s for: Ideal for people who like sticking to a routine and for those who want a more physically intensive yoga class.

 

Power Vinyasa

What it is: Power vinyasa yoga arose from ashtanga yoga but is physically more taxing and does not have a set sequence of poses.

Who it’s for: Perfect for people who don’t like practicing the same poses every class, but still want a heart-pumping yoga class.

Iyengar

What it is: Iyengar yoga, established in the 1970s by B.K.S. Iyengar, emphasizes perfect alignment, using props, such as blocks, belts and blankets.

Who it’s for: Anyone with an injury or chronic condition will benefit from this yoga, which is often recommended as healing therapy.

Bikram

What it is: Bikram yoga is a form of hot yoga, created by Bikram Chowdhury, which consists of a never-changing, 26-pose sequence in saunalike rooms with temperatures that can reach 105 degrees and up to 40 percent humidity.

Who it’s for: Beneficial for beginners and for those who wish to detoxify and lose weight. As with all forms of hot yoga, Bikram should be practiced carefully to prevent dehydration.

 

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