8 Styles of yoga. Which one suits you?
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Yoga can be relaxing, but also active. Low-threshold, but also challenging. In other words, there are all kinds of varieties. So there is always one that suits you. Nice! We give the guide for the novice yogis and put eight forms in a row. Which yoga shape suits you?
Yoga still has a sticky image. Too bad, because there are all kinds of forms and there is almost always one that suits you. It starts with choosing between Yin or Yang yoga. With Yin, it's all about peace and quietness and with Yang about strength. You can also combine them (in time)!
1. Yin yoga Rest, peace and rest. The exercises do not work on the muscles but on the joints and the connective tissue. You hold all the poses on the floor and hold the poses for a long time, usually about five minutes. The challenge is precisely in relaxing the muscles. It also makes your body more flexible, not stronger. This yoga form is often combined with a more active type or a different active sport.
2. Hatha yoga The most classic form, with the emphasis on strengthening and smoothing your body. You stand in one posture for a little longer. The goal is to learn how to control your body and breathing. It is quiet and a good way to get acquainted with this branch of sport. You get to know different postures step by step.
3. Ashtanga yoga An active yoga form that can be quite spicy, because the pace is reasonably high. If you go to a lesson, you do a series of postures that you perform synchronously with your breathing. The movements – which are always practiced in the same order – flow smoothly into each other, so that you come into a kind of flow.
4. Bikram yoga Sweating, you certainly do. Bikram yoga is done in a warm room of about forty degrees Celsius. Twenty-six exercises pass by in about ninety minutes. Advantages of the heat: you lose a lot of waste, are less likely to injure, improve blood circulation and get smooth muscles (loosening of the back and neck!). For people with a sedentary profession this is highly recommended, but for people with high blood pressure or heart problems, it is usually less suitable. Do not forget to bring water!
5. Power yoga Do you want a tighter body, better condition, and more muscle mass? Then this is your friend! The powerful and physical exercises that are done with this yoga form give an energetic feeling. It makes stronger, agiler and gives you a better condition. Power yoga is often a shortened version of Ashtanga yoga, where the exercises can differ from each lesson.
6. Vinyasa yoga Vinyasa yoga is also active and dynamic and relates to Ashtanga yoga. The difference: at Vinyasa, there is no question of a fixed series. The teacher is free to think of a series of attitudes. It is often more playful, but also a bit spicy!
7. Kundalini yoga Dynamic body exercises are combined with powerful breathing techniques, mantras, chakras, and meditations. It is also called the yoga of consciousness because you become more aware of what you do and how you feel. It immediately yields more energy. It deals more with the spiritual aspect of the sport. Especially suitable for the advanced yogi who is looking for a floor.
8. Yoga Nidra A headache, dizziness, chest pain, palpitations, abdominal pain. Ailments that may well be a thing of the past when you practice Yoga Nidra. It is the quietest of the eight because it is the yoga of sleep. Ideal if you suffer from sleep problems, tension or anxiety. It is carried out horizontally and is an exercise to get as much relaxation as possible.
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