If you are new to Yoga then you may be thinking which yoga style is right for me.
To find out this, you first need to understand your end goal from yoga. Are you doing this to gain flexibility and strength? Or your main aim is weight loss? Or do you want to achieve spirituality? You may have more than one reason to practice yoga. Now you have identified your goal, let’s scroll down to decide which yoga style will work best for you.
Vinyasa or Ashtanga are two beginner yoga styles that can help you build upper body strength along with flexibility and balance. The postures are usually done in a flowing sequence while controlling your breath. Vinyasa is a flexible style whereas Ashtanga follows a specific sequence of poses in the exact same order. ‘Surya Namaskar’ (meaning sun salutation) is a very famous style of Ashtanga yoga.
Almost every yoga style helps with flexibility, but Yin Yoga is the one that can help you the most. In this yoga, each pose is held for 3-5 minutes, which helps in increasing circulation across the joints.
Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga could help in burning body fat. Both these yoga styles are performed in a very hot room, typically above 100 degrees. In Bikram Yoga, you perform a specific set of 26 different poses. Because of room temperature, exercise becomes very challenging but can help you in weight reduction.
If your main goal is to achieve peace of mind and spirituality, then consider practicing Kundalini Yoga. This style includes meditation, breathing techniques, and chanting along with different yoga postures. Kundalini yoga could be very challenging for beginners as you will be chanting while holding the pose for almost 10 minutes. If you are not physically used to this kind of workout, then start with some other yoga style like Vinyasa or Ashtanga and then work your way towards Kundalini yoga.
Always ask your yoga teacher to finish your session with Shavasana. It’s a relaxation and breathing exercise usually performed for 5 minutes at the end of your session. In this asana (meaning pose), you will lie down on your back with your eyes closed. Shavasana could be a good start to learning meditation.
Disclaimer: We are not medical or yoga professionals, so please consult with your physician before practicing yoga.
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