Who ever said yoga didn’t have style? In fact, there are so many different styles of yoga that choosing one may seem overwhelming. Which one will be right for you? You will want to do some research – and you may want to try more than one style before making a final decision.
Here are a few of the best-known yoga styles:
Hatha – This is a classical approach to yoga that emphasizes stretching and strengthening. Perfect for beginners, this style focuses on increasing flexibility, breathing techniques, and maintaining the poses.
Ashtanga – This style of yoga is more energetic in its movements. Beginners are not advised to start out with this type of yoga due to its physical demands.
Iyengar – Created by one of the most celebrated yoga teachers, B.K.S. Iyengar, this style of yoga requires proper alignment of the body in each pose and, in some cases, the use of props to perform the poses.
Kundalini – This widely practiced form of yoga focuses on breathing techniques and meditation along with the poses.
Bikram – If you like it hot, this style of yoga may be right for you. Class members sweat through a series of poses in a warm environment that is meant to help the muscles of the body stretch more easily. Bikram Choudhury founded this style of yoga.
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