4 Most Popular Types of Yoga (Suitable for Beginners)
After a long discussion with yourself, now you may decide to join a yoga class. However, new unexpected problems appear: with many types of yoga out there, which one you should choose? What are the differences between Kundalini and Vinyasa? How about Iyengar or Ashtanga?
To help you out, here’s a set of list to sort out some yoga types suitable for even beginners. Hopefully, you can find the perfect one to suit your style.
In the late 1960s, a spiritual teacher named Yogi Bhajan introduces Kundalini Yoga to the west world. Kundalini itself literally means “life force energy” in Sanskrit which widely believed to lie at the spine base.
Kundalini yoga movements are designed carefully to release energy and eliminating stress from body and mind. It is aimed to elevate consciousness and relaxing all body parts.
To achieve such goals, you will be challenged to do mediation, changing, singing. There’s also kriya which means several poses that accompanied by breath training and chanting.
It is strongly recommended to wear white cloth and pants because the color can repel any negativity from your body.
The second types of Yoga come from Mysore city. It is taught by a guru called Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This yoga consists of six sequences of poses that must be done in order.
Ashtanga yoga is suitable for you who prefer routines, fixed orders and a physical work out but blended with spiritual practice. You need to master one pose before your teacher allows you to practice the next pose.
A practitioner must control their breathing pace and memorize the practice in their own rhythm. It gives a sense of personality since each practitioner will have their own signature.
B.K.S. Iyengar developed a classic practice in India and then introduced it to the world. It gained massive popularity in US in the late of 1970s. The yoga practice later on was named after the teacher.
This yoga requires intensive, high level of training and some supporting properties. The properties of course are optional, but they really help the exercise. Usually, there will be a chair, benches, walls, blocks, and others.
Everyone can do lyeangar yoga from young adult until elderly since it really highlights alignment in very detail ways and steadiness.
It is also known as “Vinyasa Flow” or “Flow Yoga”. Some points are explained below.
- It links breath and dance movement. That’s way this yoga is suitable for those who less favor a stiff yoga practices.
- Some teachers played upbeat music to help the practitioner find the beat during practices and match the beats with serial of poses.
- Some endurances and runners athletes favor this type of yoga because it has continuous movement.
- Vinyasa Yoga can be done by beginners as well as those who have been practicing yoga for years.
Absolutely, there are other types of Yoga out there. Consult to yoga teachers in your local area to find the most suitable one for your body.