Yoga is a term that can take on so many different meanings. Most styles of yoga fall under the term Hatha. “Ha” means the sun and “tha” means the moon; the balance of two opposite energies. Under that, there are many different styles that yoga can be categorized into. Just to name a few, there is Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Restorative.
If you’re new to the practice of yoga, you might be wondering where to begin. The good news is there isn’t just one style of yoga practice that is right for each. Many people enjoy the diversity of each style and switching up their routine. Staying open to all possibilities is key to finding the practice styles that align with your fitness goals and stimulate inspiration within you.
Ashtanga yoga is great for those who take their athletics very seriously. If you value the hard work out, the dedication, and the sweat, this style is for you. This can be found at most yoga studios led by an instructor or completed individually. The style of Ashtanga is made up of a sequence of poses that are challenging and utilize your muscles in ways you may be unfamiliar. It’s often referred to as “challenging and fiery” and is a great way to see results by building muscle strength.
If you’re feeling stressed in your everyday life and looking for a way to clear your head, Vinyasa yoga is going to be good practice for you. Vinyasa uses constant movement which enables the body to work up a sweat. Your mind will be so focused on the movements you’re doing and perfecting your posture that it won’t have time to think of other things. Allow yourself to be fully present in the moment.
One of the major influencers in the yoga world is B. K. S. Iyengar, and you guessed it, he is the creator of the Iyengar yoga style. This practice is great for all different body types as it uses many props like straps, blocks, and wall work. The style is thoughtful, repetitive, and very detail oriented.
Acro & SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding)
I lumped these together as they are my favorite styles of yoga to practice. If you’ve been following along with my blog, I’ve discussed them a few times on my sites. Both of these involve the strength of core muscles and are great for all you social butterflies out there!