Yoga: it’s super trendy and every man and his dog seems to be doing it. Are you your dog doing yoga, too? There are so many different styles of yoga, but once you start with one type, you may find yourself neglecting the rest. Read on to discover how different styles of yoga benefit people differently and which style suits your lifestyle the best.
This type is pretty common, it combines stretching with the sweat factor. It can be pretty challenging as you concentrate on your breathing and flow while doing non stop poses. This style best suits those who like to really work when they workout, you will burn the next day if you’re not used physical activity
Also known as hot yoga, this is a step up from ashtanga yoga. It’s done in a really hot room meaning that your muscles are more relaxed and pliable while the heat gets your heart rate up. Some love this style of yoga for its cleansing benefits. Through sweating A LOT, you are ridding the toxins from your body.
It’s important that you stay hydrated while performing bikram though, for fear of dehydrating yourself. This style of yoga is not suited to those who don’t like sweating and especially not for those with heart conditions.
The name says it all, really. Yes, this one is pretty intense. Similar to ashtanga, you move through a series of poses. With power yoga though, you move through these poses quickly. Unlike other forms of yoga that focus on meditation and flexibility but power yoga is all about strength. There’s no doubt you’ll feel it the next day. Best suited to those who want to build muscle and strength and like a pretty intense workout.
Now onto the more gentle forms of yoga, thank god. Iyengar is a practise more immersed in focussing on your breathing and poses. It’s a great stretch and very meditative. This style of yoga also encourages those practising to use props such as belts, blankets and blocks, this encourages the correct posture above everything else.
This style of yoga suits absolutely everyone, from the young to the old. So, grab your grandma and get to it.
Please bear in mind that this is a very brief overview of yoga, we are not quite experts here at Justine's and every instructor teaches yoga differently. So, with that in mind, our advice is to mix it up. Do a little of everything. Being an all rounder is never a bad thing.