If you are anything like myself, you’ve probably watched a few yoga tutorials on YouTube and thought, “This is something I could get down with…” However, when it comes down to actually attending a class, your nerves starts to kick in and you probably talk yourself out of it. Do not fret, for I have narrowed down four cool (and challenging) Yoga styles to try as a beginner.
When most people think of Yoga, two major benefits come to mind, Flexibility and attaining a meditative state of mind. But what if I told you that you can walk away with so much more if you practice Yoga on a regular basis. Weight loss, reduction of stress and anxiety, and increasing your metabolism are some of the additional advantages of practicing the age old method.
Hot Yoga (frequently mistaken as Bikram Yoga), is practiced in a heated room maintained at a temperature of 95-100° F. This particular style follows the practice of the Vinyasa-style, a free-flowing transition between poses, as opposed to the practice of 26 postures with the Bikram style. Due to the high temperatures, it is highly recommended to stay hydrated before, during and after class. If you have any history of heat-related illness, check with your physician first.
Aerial Yoga aka Anti-gravity Yoga is a yoga style that requires two things; a hammock and your body weight. Many stars such as Fox’s Empire’s Gabby Sidibe, Supermodel Chrissy Teigen, and and Growing up Hip Hop’s Angela Simmons all praises the practice for their improved strength and flexibility. Due to the nature of the Aerial Yoga movements, this is a total body workout and can be compared to Cross training. This practice is best known for benefitting emotional, psychological and spiritual health.
Iyengar Yoga, is a yoga style that is particularly well-suited for individuals who suffers with back problems and stress. Developed and named after Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar, the Iyengar style originated the use of props, such as cushions and blocks during practice. Iyengar Yoga targets multiple ailments, including high blood pressure, depression and immunodeficiency issues. Four years after his death, B.K.S. Iyengar lives on through his granddaughter Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar who teaches at his institute in Pune and internationally.
Restorative Yoga, much like the Iyengar style relies on the use of props and prolonged yoga poses. This style gives you the opportunity to discover where you hold onto stress and tension in your body. Upon this information, you can make changes to your day-to-day life to diminish these issues. Restorative yoga is slow-paced and enables you to focus on the nervous system.