Friday, August 5, 2011

Yoga For You

So remember WAY back in January (it seems like so long ago) that I set a goal to do yoga at least once a week? Well, I’m back at it. I’ve done it for a few weeks now, and I’m really starting to like it. I love to do it after a sweating run. It totally releases the tension from the run and calms my body down.

When I came across this article on the best yoga for you I thought it was great to learn about the different types and how they benefit us in different ways!

Cardio-Style: Bikram


Also sometimes known as “hot yoga”, bikram is usually done in a room around 103 degrees with humidity. Dang! The heat promotes sweating and warms up the body, making your muscles more flexible so they can stretch with less risk of injury.

Stress-Reducer: Restorative


Props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks support your body so you can feel a deep release, poses are often held for 15 minutes, and snoozing is completely okay. Letting go physically encourages the mind to do the same.

Drop Some Pounds: Vinyasa Flow


This flab-melting workout will have you moving continuously (but not effortlessly) from pose to pose. Because each vinyasa flow class is different (the pace, poses, and sequences vary), your muscles will constantly be challenged in new ways, which burns extra calories.

Boost Your Spirits: Anusara


This method unwinds your body while lifting your mood. Each class focuses on an inspirational idea (like feeling grounded or embodying confidence), which the style's founder, John Friend, calls a "heart theme." Expect some chanting and oms (feel free to speak up or sit quietly) and lots of classic moves such as lunges and planks. You'll probably partner up with a classmate for a pose or two to experience "the joy of community" and for some extra stretching you wouldn't be able to do on your own.

Build Strength: Power Yoga

This style may sound hardcore, but its name was actually inspired by the inner strength it develops. "Each session improves your posture and creates more confidence, which breeds self-empowerment," says Rudy Mettia, founder of Corporalita Power Yoga in Los Angeles. That's not to say your muscles get off scot-free. Hardly. There's plenty of toning and lean muscle building for your core, legs, and glutes.

To be honest, I didn’t know there were so many different kinds. And these are only a few! I guess that just shows that there is yoga for everyone! So try different kinds and figure out what works for you and your body!

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