A Simple Discussion On The Different & Most Popular Types Of Yoga As Well As Some Possible Health Benefits

Types of Yoga and health benefits

Yoga has been known to be a popular and successful alternative type of exercise which creates a balance of body and mind. It also plays a crucial impact on the complete well-being of an individual including better blood circulation, immune system health, blood pressure, improved posture, and stronger muscles.

Here we will discuss 4 different types of yoga and their benefits:

Hatha Yoga:

Hatha Yoga is a form of yoga, and is derived from the word “Ha” which means Sun and “Tha” that means moon and in combination denotes "will" as well as "power". This is also one of the most popular types of yoga taught by experts and includes many different forms.

This form of yoga is not focused on synchronized flow or movement but the physical aspects and includes poses as well as asanas which are held for longer periods (aka static postures). Hatha yoga is a form of yoga that is used to try and calm the mind and body. For these reasons it is a form of yoga that often times prepares oneself for the art of meditation.

It is sometimes recommended for beginners because of the long holding poses, which gives your body time to align and adjust to them. The main poses of Hatha Yoga are Sukhasana, Mountain, with a forward fold, low lunge, downward dog, and warrior pose. You can often times expect these types of classes to last up to 90 minutes, and with a combination of breathing, yoga postures/poses as well as being followed by meditation.

Iyengar Yoga:

This yoga form was developed by Bellur Krishnamachar SundararajaIyengarand and is a form of Hatha Yoga itself which works on perfecting each pose with yoga props like yoga foam blocks, chairs, belts or custom made supports made out of materials like wood. It also blends with pranayama or breathing.

It helps the body in alignment and aids many in the recovery from injuries. It is recommended for people from all age groups who prefer an organized type of yoga. This is one of the most popular types of yoga taught to restore the body from any kind of stress and provides much relaxation.

Restorative Yoga:

restorative yoga

Restorative yoga, like many other techniques in the yoga practice, is great for people who may have high stress jobs or faced paced lives, as it is a great way to mellow out and just slow down our everyday lives.

Just like the Iyengar yoga, different props like blankets, foam blocks, or bolsters are used to give the body aid in positioning and provide hopefully a deeper relaxation period.

Like many forms of yoga, anyone can participate in restorative yoga, from beginners to expert yogis. One of the main reasons for this is due to the fact that these yoga poses are typically held for quite a significant amount of time. Restorative yoga is thought to help relieve stress from the body. It is a sequence of 5-6 poses that can be held for 5 minutes each  or longer.

This form of yoga is extremely useful for those who wish to relax and distress their mind, it can even be an aid in people who suffer from insomnia or anxiety, as it can be performed multiple times per day with only a few different poses if that's what your time permits.

Bikram Yoga:

Bikram yoga is one type of yoga

This form was developed by Bikram Choudhury and hence the name. It has a sequence of asanas derived from Hatha.

This is a form of hot yoga which can help in controlling the body temperature by sweating out toxins from our body and hence it is conducted in a room with temperatures of 105 degrees and 40% humidity. It is great for those who like a structured form of yoga poses and want to sweat out during their exercises.

Classes usually consist of 26 poses and 2 breath-work patterns. This form of yoga is structured to help relieve stress, and help with chronic pain such as arthritis, and joint aches and perhaps other injuries. The hot climate is good for getting a better and safer stretch out of each maneuver because your body is warmed up rather quickly.

Final Thoughts!

These different types of yoga and their benefits can be very beneficial for your overall health and fitness as well as maintaining good mental health. Be sure before performing any of these yoga techniques and art forms that you are able to safely exercise and perform them.

It's always a good idea to take a class or two, and explore the vastness of this practice.

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