It’s no secret that yoga is rising in popularity. Yoga is the connection between the body and the mind, and is so beneficial in so many ways. Whether it is spiritual or physical, a great yoga practice is healthy for everyone. But which style is right for you? Here are 5 styles of yoga practices you can try…
Hatha yoga is considered the “basics” of yoga focusing on the mind/body connection. Modern Hatha focuses on the breath and posture, while Traditional Hatha focuses on the balance between the mental spirit and physical body, as well as the connection with the consciousness. Hatha yoga is slow and methodical without a specific flow.
Ashtanga yoga also synchronizes the breath to a series of postures. The postures build heat and clear the mind, while detoxifying the body and building greater mental focus. Ashtanga is thought to be a very athletic form of yoga. (Here is a really great article explaining the origins of Ashtanga!)
Vinyasa, the most common form of yoga, is defined as a flow and sequence of postures strung together to move from one posture to another easily. Vinyasa yoga is variable, which means that the sequence can differ from practice to practice. Vinyasa yoga helps build strength and stability with the breath as the transition between postures.
Iyengar yoga focuses on proper alignment with the use of props (such as blocks and straps <– affiliate links!) and mastery of the postures to create a better opening of the body. Iyengar yoga is an excellent choice for every body, especially beginners, because of the use of the props to make the poses easier.
Yin yoga is my favorite… Yin yoga focuses on stillness and calm, with the poses held for a significant amount of time to allow the fascia and ligaments to release. Yin is an excellent choice, in my opinion, for athletes and can help with mobility issues because of the length of time the pose is held.
Frequency of Practice
The frequency of a yoga practice is going to depend entirely on the individual. I practice twice a week with great benefits! Some may practice daily, and some may practice several times a day. Do you have a favorite amongst the 5 styles of yoga practice listed here? Do you have a favorite that isn’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below!