A Healthier You: Which Yoga Fits You Best?

by Nicole Hempeck on April 18, 2021

The benefits of Yoga have been hailed all over. It’s relaxing and does wonders for the core strength of your body. According to the Traditional Yoga Association, yoga is:

…a practice, a philosophy and a science that can enable the autonomous individual to attain a state of universal consciousness in which the true self is more fully revealed.

but there are several new versions of yoga cropping up, some of which are less tranquil than the traditional and therefore, result in a more rigorous workout - so it can be difficult to discern which version is right for your needs and, quite frankly, your personal tolerance and fitness levels.

So, I’m going to break it down for you.

Classic/Hatha Yoga

  • Utilizes poses that stretch out the body
  • Deep breathing and mediation are common practice
  • Very slow pace
Vinyasa/Power Yoga
  • More movement and use of poses in addition to stretching
  • Continuous movement from pose to pose in a flowing nature
  • Less mediation, more focus on muscle and core exercising

Bikram/Hot Yoga

  • Yoga is done in a heated room, temperature is kept between 95-100 degrees
  • Vinyasa Yoga is preferred style of Yoga used at these temperatures
  • Session includes consistently flowing movements and poses resulting in a rigorous workout and working up a sweat
  • Bikram Yoga is the development of 26 poses by Bikram Choudhary that are done in hot temperatures
Based on this quick and dirty list of descriptions, which type of Yoga is fitting for you? 

Source: About.com

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Penny W. April 18, 2021 at 7:53 am

I think Power Yoga is the best best for me. I’ve tried the classic yoga, but honestly I end up giggling and then getting dirty looks because everyone is so intense. And I don’t fancy the thought of exercising in an overheated room.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm April 18, 2021 at 12:29 pm

I like ashtanga yoga, but I don’t have time to practice as much as I’d like!

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