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Finding the Right Yoga for You

With so many types of yoga these days, it’s sometimes hard to decide which one is right for you. Yoga has taken a lot of different directions in the past few years, but by looking at the benefits of each variety you can find the right form of yoga for you. Here are some you may want to consider:

  • Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga involves the repetition of athletic poses and is great if you’re looking for a high-intensity yoga. This type of yoga is vigorous enough to consider a cardio workout, and sessions include sitting and standing poses, back bends, and inversions (holding your head below your heart). Lori Brungard, who teaches Ashtanga in New York City says, “Advanced practitioners look like Olympic atheltes”. Brungard recommends an hour-long session five to seven days a week  to see wanted results.

  • Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar uses props such as blocks, bands, harnesses, incline boards, and blankets to help you bend into a more perfect position. Nicknamed “furniture yoga”, Iynegar allows people who are ill, stiff, immobile, or injured to improve strength, stamina, flexibility, and confidence. Iyengar has been found especially beneficial to women in treatment for or recovering from breast cancer.

  • Koga

Koga is a hybrid of kickboxing and yoga and works every muscle in the body. Koga involves kicking, assuming fighting stance, and throwing punches. Each set is then followed by a yoga pose that coincides with the same muscle group worked, enhancing the effect. Prepare yourself for a real workout, because you can expect to burn between 800 and 1,000 calories with each hour of Koga!

  • Bikram Yoga

Bikram, or known to many as “hot yoga”, is a 60 to 90-minute session involving a series of postures. This form of yoga gets its name from the 105 degree studio room with 60 percent humidity in which it’s performed in. Heat warms the muscles, allowing for greater flexibility, and you can expect to burn between 350 and 600 calories in one session while building both stamina and endurance. Bikram is arguably the most famous and widespread of new yoga varieties, and can be found in many studios across the United States today.

So whether you’re looking to de-stress and improve your flexibility or burn calories in a high-intensity yoga session, there’s a yoga variety for you! Just remember to always stay hydrated and stop a pose if you find yourself in pain, and you’ll be a regular yogi in no time.

By Morgan Chamberlain