Which Type of Yoga is the Right Choice for You?

Written by Della Menechella


You finally maderepparttar decision to practice yoga, but which style of yoga isrepparttar 150791 best one for you? There are many types of yoga, and while they usually have common elements, their focus is often quite different. If you have not been physically active in a long time, then one ofrepparttar 150792 more gentle, slower moving styles may be right for you. If you are an athlete or are very physically fit, you might want to check out some ofrepparttar 150793 more strenuous forms.

The following is a list ofrepparttar 150794 more common yoga classes that you will find.

Hatha Yoga - Almost every style of yoga practiced inrepparttar 150795 west is some form of Hatha Yoga. It includes asanas, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. Each ofrepparttar 150796 individual forms of yoga has a different emphasis, but classes usually include some combination of these elements.

Ashtanga - This is a very fast paced, intense style of yoga. It follows a series of postures, which are always done inrepparttar 150797 same order and are connected withrepparttar 150798 breath. Each posture flows directly intorepparttar 150799 next one, so it is a very demanding practice. Ashtanga can be a good choice for physically fit individuals who like a challenge.

Iyengar - This type of yoga, which was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, is focused on proper body alignment. Poses are held for long periods of time andrepparttar 150800 movement from one posture to another is slower than some other styles. Props are often used to help maintain proper alignment, so Iyengar can be a good choice for those who have physical limitations. Since it focuses so much on correct body alignment, it is also a good starting point for beginners before they move into faster paced styles.

Bikram - This style of yoga was created by Bikram Choudhury and is also known as ‘hot yoga.’ Classes are held in rooms heated up to 100 degrees in order to allow your body to stretch without injury and release toxins. Practitioners move through a series of twenty-six postures, with each one being held for a period of time. This is a strenuous style and should be avoided by people with certain health conditions unless they get clearance from their medical professional.

Yoga Mats – Are They All Created Equal?

Written by Della Menechella


Yoga mats are a basic part of every practice. What you might not realize is that there are several types of yoga mats that you can choose from.

Sticky Mats - These yoga mats offer a covering for your practice area, as well as some stability for you when doing poses. They are thin, lightweight, and come in a variety of colors. Some of them have guide marks on them to illustrate proper hand and foot placements. In order for these mats to be sticky and prevent you from slipping and sliding, you need to sprinkle them with a small amount of water and let them air dry. You can use these mats for most types of yoga

Ultra Double Thickness Mats - These yoga mats are basically sticky mats that are ultra thick. They provide both stability and cushioning which is useful in certain poses. They can be a great choice for Astanga practitioners who often jump from one pose to another. I personally loverepparttar ultra thick mats because ofrepparttar 150790 extra cushioning they provide. It isrepparttar 150791 only type I take with me to classes.

Travel Mats - This type of yoga mat is great to throw in your suitcase or carryon luggage when you are onrepparttar 150792 go, so you can practice no matter where you are. Travel yoga mats are very thin. You would use one either on a carpeted floor or on top of a towel or blanket on a floor that isn’t carpeted.

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