5 types of yoga for beginners
Stretch your body and expand your mind with these accessible yoga practices
Yoga is the art of aligning your mind, body, and soul and combines the fundamentals of harnessing positive energy and placing great focus on calming yourself through various fluid movements and syncing them with your breathing. If you want to build healthy habits for life – yoga is the perfect low-impact exercise routine to get strong and supple.
Yoga has the added benefit of reflection, breathing and mindfulness, helping us to find balance and consider our overall health and wellbeing. Whether you are an expert yogi or yogini or starting out, below are some helpful yoga types for beginners to help you get started!
- Hatha Yoga
The term “Hatha” in Sanskrit refers to any yoga that teaches physical postures. It literally translates to “force”. Hatha yoga teaches the basics, with slower movements that require you to hold each post for a few breaths. It is considered to be a gentler form of yoga and ideal for beginners as it allows them to ease into the movements.
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- Vinyasa Yoga
For a more dynamic approach, try vinyasa yoga, which links movement and breath together. This yoga practice is more fast-paced and is good for runners and endurance athletes because it allows for continuous movement. The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way.”
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- Ashtanga Yoga
For those who are looking to dive straight into the deep end, ashtanga yoga is ideal. The series of six sequenced poses requires you to flow and breathe through each pose to develop internal heat. In each of the classes these poses must be carried out in the exact same order. You can either build your own sequence or follow instructors that have developed a series of specific order of movements – simply choose which works best for you.
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- Hot Yoga
Similar to the very popular Bikram yoga, hot yoga is practiced in a heated, humid room. Hot yoga does not follow the same 26-pose sequence as Bikram Yoga, and the heated room allows the body to move more freely and lets you sink deeper into some poses. It is also an excellent way to rid the body of any toxins through the sweat-glands. Make sure to stay hydrated, as hot yoga turns the heat all the way up!
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- Restorative Yoga
Designed to help your body feel a deeper sense of relaxation as you move through the poses, restorative yoga poses are mellow, and slow-moving with longer holds that allow your body’s parasympathetic nervous system to be targeted. This form of yoga is carried out using various props such as blankets, bolsters, and yoga blocks to fully support your body through each move. This yoga is perfect for those who find it hard to slow down, those who experience insomnia and even suffer from anxiety and perfect for athletes on their recovery days.
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