I have been asked many times this question: Which Yoga style suits me?
I breakdown the 4 most common Yoga styles (for me). Before we start, I would like to say that Yoga is not a sport or discipline but is a ‘philosophy’ of life, a lifestyle.
You can choose any of this style to get close to Yoga, but in order to have the benefits, You need to practice not just Asana.
So let’s give a breakdown to those mayor (for me) styles of Yoga:
- Ashtanga Yoga: This is what I practice and what I teach. Ashtanga it means 8 limbs path. This Yoga is very physique but yet you need a good connection with your breath. It has a fixed sequence divided in 3 different series and for those that practice there is a lot of discipline involved. The sequence it goes from 2 different Suryanamaskara, to Standing and then sitting poses.
- Hatha Yoga: Probably this come before Ashtanga in a breakdown. Hatha is the whole styles of Yoga. A teacher can choose its own sequence and some Asana are different then other styles. Hatha Yoga is suggested for beginners that want to feel some movements and experience some connections within themselves.
- Kundalini Yoga: This style has in its practice not just Asana but could have meditation and chanting. It focused to get the Kundalini. It doesn’t focus much on deep bending or ‘stretching’ but it focus on the deeper connection within yourself. More Spiritual
- Yin Yoga: Is and interesting practice that is common between women but is getting in its way to those that work in office. This practice is very slow and steady. Because of this, Asana are held for 45 second to 5 minutes and it helps to meditate while practicing Asana. Also plenty of the Asana practiced are seated postures and let relaxation comes all over your body.
These are the most 4 interesting practice of Yoga (once again, to me).
There are many other styles like Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga but I don’t think it’s good for beginners to start with.
As I mentioned above, Yoga is not a sport. Practicing one hour per day of Ashtanga,Hatha,Kundalini or anything else won’t give any improvements for your body. To do so, you need to deepen the practice not just in that hour in a Yoga studio , but in daily life. Eat healthy, have a proper sleep time, don’t harm people, don’t overthink and many other activities like this that can enhance your lifestyle.
Your goal is to build a relax body, mind and soul!