Different types of yoga help  accomplish different goals.  It’s important to know what is what. It is also important to know what you are capable of so that you do not choose a form of yoga that pushes you too hard. These are common types of yoga, so see what is right for you!

1. Bikram yoga- This is also known as hot yoga . It involves temperatures up to 105 , and is usually in a class. It is of course possible to do it on your own, but it’s not recommendable. There are  risks to doing bikram, especially if you are new to it. It is safer to be in a class  the instructor, can be sure your body isn’t over-working. The steamy room is  challenging, but there are only twenty six poses, and most  focus on proper alignment . Bikram  is a great way to sweat it out , but if you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the studio!

2. Hatha Yoga- This is a gentle form of yoga  great for relaxation. It’s great for beginners, because the poses aren’t too strenuous. It  focuses much on breathing, like pranayama. It’s helpful for stress relief , which is very important to your mental health.

3. Vinyasa yoga- This  is sometimes referred to as “flow”, because of the fluidity through the  poses.  There’s no guarantee what exact poses there will be. However, the staple of Vinyasa is the sun salutations series. Vinyasa could be for any level yogi, it all depends on what  poses are involved.

4. Ashtanga yoga- Ashtanga yoga is a more vigorous form of yoga. It  is also known as “power yoga”. Ashtanga can help build strength and detoxify the muscles and organs. This form of yoga is really not ideal for beginners, because there are many challenging poses.  If you are out of shape or have never tried yoga, it might be best not to start with this.

There are of course other forms of yoga, but these are probably the most well known. Again, it important to know what is right for you so you can get the most out of your practice.

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