There are many different types of yoga, so how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some popular yoga styles along with their essential characteristics, to make it easier for you decide which is best for you.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with mainly seated postures that are held for longer, Yin is a great class for beginners and postures can be held from 45 seconds to two minutes. By holding poses for a longer time, you stretch your connective tissue and make it more elastic. You also improve blood circulation and the energy in your body. Yin can also be a meditative yoga practice. The classes are gentle, as you let gravity do most of the work.
Vinyasa is the most athletic yoga style. In a Vinyasa class, the movement is coordinated with your breath as you flow from one pose to another. Styles can vary depending on the teacher, and there can be many different types of poses in different sequences.
Ashtanga translated as “Eight Limb path” involves a very physically demanding sequence of postures, so this style of yoga is definitely not for the beginner. Ashtanga starts with five sun salutation A's and five sun salutation B's and then moves into a series of standing and floor postures, repeated in every class.
Hatha yoga classes are best for beginners since they are usually paced slower than other yoga styles. Hatha is a blend of breathing and movement combined with meditation. If you are new to yoga, Hatha yoga is a great starting point to the practice. You will also learn some essential relaxation techniques.
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Based in Marbella, Spain and originally from Australia, Susan holds a RYT 200 hours certification with Yoga Alliance and is currently completing her 500 hours. Susan teachers Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Pilates. With an emphasis on balancing the physical, mental and emotional state through a guided practice.