Yoga 101: What Yoga Style Should You Take Up? [Infographic]
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Whether you’re thinking about practicing yoga for the first time or you’re a committed yogi, you probably already know that there are various types of yoga you can practice.
Although the asanas are nearly the same for all of them, each style has its own particularities. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing insightful posts that break down the main yoga styles. We hope that by doing so, you’ll be able to choose the style that suits your needs and preferences.
For now, if you’re new to yoga, there’s a good chance to get lost in a variety of different yoga styles. So, this infographic will show you which type of yoga, out of 4 of the most popular, aligns better with your personality and interests.
Main Types of Yoga
Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Bikram are some of the most popular yoga styles in the world. Each one of them is associated with unique health benefits and has different approaches to the practice. Here’s an overview of what they offer:
- Hatha yoga. The first and probably most popular style can be described as a combination of postures and breathing techniques known as asanas and pranayama. This style is usually considered a preparatory stage for higher meditation.
- Vinyasa yoga. The word ‘vinyasa’ stands for ‘arranging something in a special way.’ When practices Vinyasa yoga, students should focus on coordinating their movements with breathing and flowing from one pose to another.
- Kundalini yoga. This style is a balanced combination of both spiritual and physical. It incorporates dynamic breathing, active movement, meditation, and mantras. Experts claim that Kundalini yoga works best for those whose goal is to increase consciousness and strengthen physical vitality.
- Bikram yoga. This yoga style is based on a combination of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The traditional Bikram yoga class lasts for 90 minutes. It might be hard for newbies to jump-start into the world of yoga with Bikram yoga, but it’s very individual.
READ MORE: Yoga styles 101: An introduction to Hatha Yoga.
What is your yoga style?
Want to know which yoga style suits you the most? Check out this fun infographic and take a short test to see which one correlates with your goals and lifestyle. It’ll take you no more than 3 minutes and you’ll get a good feeling on what’s the best style for you.
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