Which Forms Of Yoga Are The Best For You?

Yoga; it’s everywhere isn’t it? People do yoga in the park, in a studio, in their living rooms, at the lake – literally, everywhere. The reason for this is because obviously yoga is amazing and with so many different types of yoga, there is bound to be a version to satisfy every single person and style.

Men, women, young and old, elderly and even kids can find a type of yoga that works for them and their health goals. Here are some of the most popular kinds and what they’re good for. Consider this your quick reference guide.

Bikram Yoga

If you want to sweat it out, Bikram Yoga is for you, and is often referred to as “hot yoga” for obvious reasons. You workout in 105 degree heat, 40% humidity and it’s currently a huge trend within the fitness industry. This style is excellent for weight loss.

Hatha Yoga

This form of yoga takes on a slower, more gentle style of movement and it’s really great to allow your mind and body to wind down which makes it perfect for those of you who like to workout at night. It’s also fabulous for de-stressing.

Vinyasa Yoga

This style is all about flow. You literally move and flow right from one movement into the next. It is an extremely popular style of yoga and no two classes are the same. So, if you want variety; this is it.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga really focuses on the energy of the Root Chakra which surrounds your lower back. The movements really work out your core and despite yoga being seen as “relaxing”, this form can really pump up the intensity. Prepare to be focused, energized and grounded.

Ashtanga Yoga

This one will definitely be physically demanded and is often referred to as power yoga. It’s best for athletes (current and former) or anyone who is looking to really push their limits in order to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals.

Iyengar Yoga

Props! You get to play with props. Blocks, harnesses, straps and cushions are often incorporated into these kinds of yoga classes. It focuses on alignment and is excellent for physical therapy.

Anusara Yoga

If you need a mood enhancer, Anusara yoga is excellent for you. It incorporates many chest opening poses and is a great place to start yoga, or just maintain your current level.

Restorative Yoga

Another kind of yoga that is great for winding down after a long day is the restorative kind. It really focuses on relaxation and as a result, is perfect for stress and injury rehab.

Jivamukti Yoga

If you want a mixture of some forms of yoga, Jivamukti is something to consider as it mixes the flow of vinyasa yoga and also incorporates some chanting and a blast of spiritualism.

Prenatal Yoga

This one is an obvious. If you’re an expectant mother and don’t want to quick working out, take some prenatal yoga classes. The poses incorporate a lot of core movement and focuses on proper breathing. It also allows you to maintain some form of fitness while pregnant since most exercises are a no-go.

As mentioned, there are many other forms and these are just some of the most popular ones. Try them all, or stick with one that you love. Either way; Namaste!