Have you ever gone to a gym and they give you a list of their yoga classes with strange names? Most big gyms have classes for different yoga styles. On paper, you cannot tell the difference between these styles and beginners most of the time believe that yoga is yoga. However, there are different yoga styles and they all have that unique peculiarity. In this article, we will be sharing different types of yoga styles for you.
Yoga Styles: Bikram Style
This is a popular one introduced by Bikram Choudhury and named after him. The peculiarities of this are that it is practiced in a heated room and it has a strict sequence of poses. It normally involves 26 different poses combined beautifully for maximum effect. It is popular and one you will definitely come across in most gyms. However, it is advisable to apply safety procedures that were performing this style because of the heated room.
Yoga Styles: Iyengar
This was developed by B.K. S Iyengar. The main feature of this is that it focuses on proper alignment when performing any of the poses. There are often a lot of props in an Iyengar class to make the process a lot easier and enjoyable for students. Because of the focus on alignment and the emphasis on good posture when performing any of the poses, this style is great for people who want to correct their posture.
This is popular for sequence and transition. This style emphasizes a smooth transition from one pose to another in a sequence. People who practice this believe that yoga is much more than an activity but should be performed in a sequence with a vinyasa. If you find yourself in a vinyasa class, you will definitely enjoy those smooth transitions from one place to another and the entire sequence. Also, there are few breaks in between because of the smooth transmission and this helps keep you active. Therefore, the vinyasa style is great for weight loss.
This is the common style in the West. In a typical Hatha class, the emphasis is placed on teaching different yoga postures. Therefore this style is less monotonous and systematic. Members are introduced to different poses occasionally and are encouraged to be creative. It is a basic class so the poses are taught in basic terms and as simple as possible so that most people can follow. It is easy to join a Hatha class at any time of the year and not feel left out. There are different yoga poses. This makes it difficult for you to run out of ideas in a Hatha class.
This is a demanding practice. It is also a sequence and very engaging. You will find out that you will sweat a lot in this practice class. This because of the different moves combined and the smooth transition from one move to another. Also, this exercise is done in a particular order with no room for changes. It is monotonous yet very tasking and great for people who want to burn some fat. Also, in this practice, each style is linked to a breath thereby making it easy for you to perform the sequence without tiring out.