There is a type of yoga for each of us, maybe now you’re in bad shape and look something softly or, conversely, maybe you feel eager to make a stronger practice. You may seek to work more at the moment the mental aspect that physical or simply want to improve your practice. And there are many options as physical, mood or personality states, so you decide!
1. Hatha, popular
Known as the ‘yoga postures’, is perhaps the most widespread as it is taught in most schools and gyms. While primarily works the body through postures (asanas) that are coordinated with breathing deep, soft and leisurely way, hatha is more. And the body is only the instrument to be ‘tuning’ to achieve the real goal of hatha: health, both physical, mental and spiritual.
It is generally recommended for beginners and for people of any age and fitness as the pace of practice is easy to follow, although the level of difficulty vary according to the professor.
2. Ashtanga, dynamic
This style of yoga, like Hatha yoga is based on physical exercise to control and calm the mind. Now the Ashtanga vinyasa is a more fluid style, while asanas are practically the same as in Hatha, these are made very quickly, there is little pauses between stance and posture, so if you are in poor physical shape you can cost a bit.
Beginners are advised to start making Mysore style classes because here everyone learns at their own pace, sequence of asanas, how to breathe and how to move from one position to another. Although classes are unguided and are more impersonal, as each student practices on their own, there is a teacher to help at all times.
3. Iyengar, the correction
The Iyengar yoga is a kind of Ashtanga characterized by technical precision in performing asanas (as well as the time spent in them), attention to proper body alignment and use of media (wooden bricks, belts, etc). Everything for other than us that we adapt to the position, but the position to us.
Although the work is intense is perfect for beginners to focus on deep understanding of each asana. At first you may overtake the number of details that will facilitate the teacher but this way ensures you to realize the positions correctly and that you report all your benefits.
4. Kundalini, the awareness
This type of yoga is named after the Kundalini energy (or life energy). This energy lies at the base of our spine and should flow freely through it, hence many postures that facilitate the movement of energy through the spine are made.
Kundalini classes are different from other kinds of styles since in each one kriya (Asana series) working performs various internal organs. Another differentiators is meditation, this is an important part of the practice and is done with the chanting of mantras (words in Sanskrit). This aspect is perhaps the most shock at first if you have practiced other styles, but need not sing if you fancy.
It is a type of yoga easy to follow, making it ideal for anyone.
5. Bikram, the high temperature
This style of yoga is one of the most recent was created in the early 70s and seeks to work the entire body through a dynamic series of postures that are performed in a room heated to 40° C and 45% humidity, which promotes muscle relaxation and increased flexibility. If you opt for this type of yoga is necessary do not forget to ‘hear’ your body at all times, because at first the heat can be too much for you, and keep you well hydrated.
It is not recommended for people with cardiovascular diseases and pregnant women.
As you will see they all have the same goal: to unite body, mind and spirit, the difference lies in some cases the intensity of the practice or form. I recommend you keep trying and deepening each of these styles so that you discover what kind of yoga is best suited for you. If you are starting question always beginner classes in many centers there are specific for beginners classes. And of course if you have any illness or injury ask your doctor before starting practice.