With so many different styles of Yoga out there, it is important to find the style you like. Although it can be nice to try different styles within your practice, finding the style that best suits you is important and can often be all about trying out a couple of different ones. Whether you like to keep things moving, or slow things down. There is a style for you!
There are many different styles of yoga, but, the toptwo most popular styles of Yoga are as follows: Coming in at first place is Vinyasa Yoga and in second place is Hatha Yoga. While both are popular styles, the two are different in pace and goal. Let’s dive into some of the differences between the styles so you can compare the two and find which style best suits you, your practice and your needs.
Hatha is an umbrella term when it comes to Yoga styles. Hatha literally means “force”, therefore, it is the “Yoga of force”. A Hatha class will revolve around poses (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama). This style of yoga is taught at a much slower, more gentle pace. Your teacher will instruct you to hold the poses for longer periods of time rather than flowing through many different poses more rapidly. The goal of Hatha Yoga is to align and calm your mind, body and spirit, often in preparation for meditation. If you like to slow things down, this is the style for you.
The benefits of Hatha Yoga are to purify and cleanse the body by releasing unwanted toxins and keeping it free from different diseases. By aligning the poses in Hatha Yoga with breathing techniques, you are able to have a more balanced and healthy mind and body.
Vinyasa Yoga can be translated to mean “arranging something in a special way”. The style of Vinyasa Yoga is often called “flow yoga” because it is styled to string postures together so that you move from pose to pose, seamlessly, using breath. A Vinyasa Yoga class will be taught at a faster pace than an Hatha class and will incorporate more moves. Due to its faster pace, Vinyasa yoga is one of the most active and athletic yoga forms. No two Vinyasa classes are taught the same, so if you are looking to mix up your routine and get your heart racing, this is the style for you.
The benefits of Vinyasa Yoga are to build and strengthen the muscles in your body. While you will often work up a sweat by increasing body heat in a Vinyasa style class, the sweating helps to remove toxins from the body. By doing controlled breathing, along with the different flowing motions, the mind is able to relax and thus reducing stress from the body.
While these styles differ from each other, you will find yourself in common poses such as Warrior I and II, Downward-Facing Dog, Bridge and Triangle, therefore the language in both styles may sound familiar. While you feel as though you may want to choose a style to base your practice around, feel free to explore different classes to expand your knowledge of Yoga and strengthen your mind, body, spirit and overall practice.
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