Which Yoga will I Practice?

Which Yoga will I Practice?

It’s easy to say that we do yoga, but do we have any idea what kind of yoga we are practicing?

Sometimes yes, because those who are immersed in the atmosphere of the courses taught by instructors who follow one or the other discipline are already informed. Sometimes however,  those who approach these practices for the first time must choose which technique to follow without knowing what’s best for them. Often the decision depends only on the availability of courses at hand. But if the choice offered is wider, here are the most common types of yoga and their characteristics.

  • Bikram yoga

The room is very heated so as to facilitate the mobility of muscles and joints. The positions are intended to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments. The movements are repeated and no new positions are experienced. This technique improves flexibility and trains numerous muscle groups. However, it is not recommended for those suffering from high blood pressure and those who cannot stand high temperatures.

  • Hatha yoga

It is the most classic and widespread method, the one for everyone. It pursues balance and strength and from here arise all the modern interpretations of the oriental discipline that today has branched out into a thousand different variations, mixed with other sports. It is based on the care of posture, breathing, meditation. The positions include stretching and muscular contractions. You can practice at any age.

  • Ashtanga vinyasa yoga

It is one of the most challenging techniques, it requires a lot of balance and strength. The positions are more or less eighty and are learned over time. Training is more vigorous and requires balance, strength and agility. The results are excellent but it is recommended for those who are young and already trained.

  • Dynamic yoga

Yoga meets dance and dance techniques. You practice with music, the positions combine with each other creating a sort of choreography. The poses are those of hatha yoga, but creatively revised in a choreographic composition that makes the training more dynamic, in fact.

  • Satyananda yoga

One of the most traditional techniques that leaves more space for meditation instead of physical exercise. The aim is to achieve a state of relaxation that sharpens consciousness, concentration, the development of memory and creativity.

  • Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques and meditation into a structured and ideal practice for those who want to become aware of their body and mind thanks to a series of physical and mental actions that stimulate the nervous system, the glandular system and the chakras.

Above we have listed some of the types of Yoga without going to see them all, just to give you an idea of the most practiced. If you are still in doubt as to which type of Yoga is most suitable for you, you can look at the image from yogatrail.com which explains very well in detail and will guide your choice based on what your age and physical condition are.

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7 Responses

  1. Before enrolling in a course, my advice is to go and talk to the teacher, ask him about his path, his training and above all take a trial lesson and trust your instinct.

      1. There are many styles of yoga with very different characteristics and you will surely find one that suits you. After reading the brief explanations of each of the main Yoga practices, you can visit any of the many centers that offer lessons in Yoga and ask for a free introductory session so that you can asses if that is something good for you.

        1. There is the prejudice that the practice of Yoga is suitable for everyone and this may be true, but we must never forget that in the case of particular diseases, such as heart problems or related to the musculoskeletal system, it is necessary to constantly check with your own Yoga teacher if and how to perform certain movements. Precisely because Yoga can help us overcome many problems, we must use it correctly.

          1. Important to consider is what kind of activity we are looking for. More like physical or meditative? Also do we have special needs (age, physical condition …)?

            1. Certainly there are many types of yoga and the choice is not simple at all, especially because until you try different styles you don’t understand very well the differences between one and the other.

              1. If you are already doing physical training, maybe you can opt for a style that is more focused on flexibility. This way you can balance the two.

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