Ok. I’ll admit it. I’ve been skeptical of yoga for as long as I can remember. I guess I’ve always imagined yoga classes filled with girls, vegetarians and people looking for their inner-monk. The movements, the breathing, the “shanti” and “namaste”; I never could relate to yoga…
And then something strange happened.
I lost a bet. I say strange because it doesn’t happen often. I’m not a gambling man, so, when I bet on something, I’m almost 100% certain that I’m right. But oddly enough, I lost. And to repay my debt, I now need to go try a yoga class. Unfortunately for me, I’m not into meditation, I’m not flexible and I don’t have the patience for counting my breathes or standing still.
This should be interesting…
However, if I’m going to spend my valuable time going to a yoga class, I’m not just going to go to any yoga class. I must go to the best yoga class. So, while searching for the best yoga class in my area, I came across something interesting. Apparently, there are many different styles of yoga. And while I’m sure that you yoga-lovers knew this already, I was nonetheless surprised.
So, after intense research on the matter, I’ve narrowed down my options to the 5 different styles that I found most intriguing.
What should I choose?
- Hatha – One of the most popular forms of yoga, hatha is all about slower movements and longer poses. Deep breaths and gentle sessions make this perfect for beginners.
- Vinyasa – A high-paced, heart-pumping form of yoga. Here, the movements are quick and the poses are short, as the continuous flow is perfect for those who are looking for a more intense workout. Music is usually played during these sessions, making your movements feel like dancing.
- Bikram – 105 degrees and 40% humidity? The same 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises each and every class? And it’s a 90-minute session? Sounds tough…and sweaty! Hot yoga is very similar, but it doesn’t follow the strict procedures of Bikram.
- Kundalini – This yoga style is very different from any other. Consisting of intense breathing exercises, repetitive physical poses, meditation and chanting, kundalini is all about releasing untapped energy and reaching a higher level of spirituality and self-awareness. This is more of a spiritual exercise rather than a physical one.
- Restorative – The name is rather telling, as this form of yoga aims for relaxation and restoration of the body. Long holds and slow movements are meant to achieve deep relaxation, while using yoga props – such as blankets and yoga blocks – to help support the body. This style is perfect to help release anxiety or to recover from a tough workout.
So, now that we know about the different styles, what do you think? Which style is right for you?