Our lives have gone from busy to chaotic within the span of the last few years. With all the advancements in every single field, it seems like there is so much more to do all the time and 24 hours is just not enough. With such a rapid increase in the pace of our lives, mental peace has become more essential than ever before.
We all have our own way of dealing with stress, pressure and social expectations but the one thing that is bound to help anyone is meditation. Attaining a sense of mental peace that brings balance between the body and the mind is something we strive for. That is why Yoga has gained more popularity in the last decade and it now seems like the perfect solution for everyone.
However, contrary to popular belief, there are a number of different types of yoga and they each offer something different. Here is a quick guide to five types of Yoga and you can pick whichever seems most suitable to your lifestyle.
This is more about helping you relax and involves very little work. It generally includes four or five very simple positions and there are props involved as well – such as blankets or soothing, scented pillows. The aim is get your mind and body to relax and help you unwind, completely. Your mind goes to mush and leaves you with a renewed sense of energy.
This is another meditative form of yoga. It focuses on positions that lengthen your connective tissues in order to complement your muscle forming capability. The aim of this yoga is to get your muscles to relax while gravity does most of the work. But that’s not all, each pose is held for a long time so while you relax, you also get a chance to practice patience.
This type of Yoga is known for its fluid practices albeit movement-intensive. One of the major differences between those who practice this yoga and others is the ability to smoothly transition from one pose to another. Music is often played in the background, not only to keep things lively but also to allow for a sense of relaxation and attain an even breathing pattern. The most interesting aspect of Vinyasa is that every single class is different so you will never get bored of the routine.
This is, perhaps, the most simplistic form of Yoga as it involves the basic poses and focuses on teaching physical posture – more than anything else. It is defiantly not the sort of Yoga that will leave you in a sweat but your body will feel much looser and a lot more relaxed.
If you are looking for something that will actually leave your body feeling like it went through a sort of cleansing, this is the one for you. Bikram classes are always heated and it is a routine which consists of 26 poses in the same sequence, each time. The positions challenge your muscles while the heated room leaves you sweating so when you walk out, you will definitely feel like you are ready to conquer the day.
These are a few of the yoga types you can choose from. We all have a different lifestyle and may find one type of Yoga more suited to us than another. When you find the one for you, just make sure you incorporate it in your daily routine and treat yourself to the mental and physical relaxation you deserve.