Yoga for the win
Which stretchy style suits you best?
The benefits of yoga you didn’t even know
Think Yoga is so erm, 2012? Think again. This ancient practice will always be in style. Whether you’ve never placed your toes on a yoga mat, only tried one class or are a master yogi there’s no denying the physical and mental benefits of this zen workout.
But is yoga for you? Turns out, yes. From the traditional (Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa etc) to the unconventional like yogalates, SUP yoga, acroyoga, doga (yes, you bring your dog), aerial yoga, beer yoga, yoga raves, and nude yoga (it totes exists), there’s enough “yoga” to go around for everyone. Dig in and find the one for you below.
Different Types of Yoga
Let’s be honest, if we were to define every single type of yoga, we’d be here for yonks. Here are a few of our faves and what they actually do for ya!
Hatha yoga is the most generic term (Ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon) that refers to the balance of energies. It is a slow-pace and gentle way of practicing for those who prefer a more relaxed style of yoga. If you’re just starting your yogi journey, this would be a great way to start.
Stressed? Then Vinyasa yoga is for you. This yoga essentially links your breathing to the movement, so it’s like a moving meditation. Also known as flow yoga, it’s an awesome way to clear your head and be in the present moment (and you’ve basically got no time to think about anything between poses, anyway).
Similar to Vinyasa, Ashtanga is made up of a series of poses that are done in a sequence but at a higher impact. (ie, prepare to sweat.) If you’re looking to build your strength and lose a few KG’s, choose Ashtanga.
It’s getting hot in here, but please don’t take off your clothes (unless it’s nude yoga then go for it!) Bikram combines a sequence of 26 yoga poses to stretch and strengthen your muscles and of course, “cleanse” your organs. It is practised in a heated room, so you will sweat out all the toxins from your body. #byeboi
Acroyoga blends yoga fundamentals with elements of partner acrobatics and cross training. Classes are usually held out in a park and it’s a lot more social than other styles of yoga. Not to mention, it’s a whole lotta f-u-n! No prior circus training required.
Dog yoga consists of working through poses with your furry friend to strengthen your bond and live happily ever after in mutual flexibility. The sessions usually begin with giving your dog a massage (sadly, not the other way around) and then (depending on its size) holding him/her during poses to strengthen your muscles.
The Benefits you Didn’t Know you Got from Yoga
Yoga has health benefits flying out the wazoo. Some of the most common ones cited are: lower blood pressure, tension release, increased strength, and reduced anxiety. And here are three more you may not know about.
It makes you smarter
When your body has low levels of oxygen it can actually deteriorate your brain function (that’s probs why we walk around like zombies when our noses are stuffed). Yogic breathing techniques (Pranayama) increase the supply of oxygen to the brain, hence improving your intelligence and your focus.
It helps you sleep better
When your body, mind and soul are at ease, you get the best sleep ever. #science That’s what a good yoga asana practice or meditation can do. Yoga not only relaxes the body, but it increases the supply of blood and nutrients to your muscles.
By: Nicola Christoforos