Have you ever wondered why there are so many different types of yoga? Hot yoga, restorative yoga, hatha… what are they all for? Which ones should you be practicing? No need to wonder and question any longer. Here is your guide to the main types of yoga and the benefits of each. Find out why certain people choose certain types over others and discover which ones you want to start practicing down below.
6 types of yoga:
Though there are many different types of yoga and variations of each, we’ve come up with six unique styles for you to learn more about.
Hatha yoga is a simple form of yoga. It pairs breathing techniques with poses to create a flow that involves both the mind and body. Hatha is typically seen as a traditional form of yoga, and it is probably what you envision when you think of a yoga class. However, it does tend to be slower, so it is good for both beginners and long-term yogis. Because Hatha is more of a general yoga type, you might want a flexible mat with good grip such as the Vista Mat by Mount Adams.
Restorative yoga is another slow form of yoga, but its purpose is to bring peace and calmness back to the mind and body. When practicing restorative yoga, you will hold longer poses and focus on deep breaths. This type of yoga is relaxing and allows for the mind to reset and the body to release any tension or pressure. Often, this type of yoga involves bolsters to help you find greater comfort on your mat. The Mount Adams Deluxe Rectangular Bolster may be just what you need to relax during this kind of flow.
Vinyasa yoga focuses on movement. Instead of just switching from pose to pose, every change is a smooth movement. This type of yoga is called a flow because every pose falls together into one large motion of the body. The poses are put in order, usually with a few particular poses repeating consistently, so that the person can move gradually from one pose to another in a string of movement. This kind of yoga can be good for people trying to build muscle stamina and flexibility. Vinyasa yoga can be very versatile, and you might use different props to help you during the flow. Our Mount Adams Ultimate Pro Kit can help you be prepared for any vinyasa experience.
Hot yoga is yoga done in a heated room to increase the intensity of the workout. Hot yoga may also include another form of yoga, but the difference is the temperature of the room remains heated during the class. Hot yoga can make you sweat more, which in turn burns calories and releases unwanted energy in the body. It can also be beneficial for your skin, working like a sauna. When practicing hot yoga, you will get hot and sweaty, so you might want a non-slip mat or towel. The Mount Adams Hot Yoga Kit has both, plus yoga straps to help with poses and stretching!
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Pranayama yoga focuses deep and regulated breathing. This type of yoga may include parts of other flows, but it does not switch its purpose away from the breath of the individual. Throughout the routine you may be asked to count your breaths going in and out or to change your pace of breathing to match your movements. This practice may help bring you peace and improve breath regulation during cardio exercise later on. You can practice pranayama on any mat, but if you are outdoors or traveling with your mat you might want something lightweight and portable such as the Whisper Mat by Mount Adams.
Iyengar yoga focuses on consistent movements and timing. It also incorporates many different props during the routine. This can be a good way to focus on the details of your movements and keep proper form. During Iyengar yoga, each pose is important, and difficult poses can typically be modified with blocks or straps. If you are planning on practicing this type of yoga, you need reliable props to help you. Mount Adams Cork Blocks and Mount Adams Straps can provide you with the stable and durable tools you need at the price you want.
Practicing yoga in any form can be beneficial to your health. No matter what type of yoga you enjoy, Mount Adams is here to help you get the most out of every experience.