by Caitlin H.
October 17, 2022
Controlling both your mind and body are two things that can work wonders towards improving your overall health and weight loss efforts. And yoga is a highly effective way to get that control. Yoga combines breathing and meditation (mind) with movement (body) to promote various elements of your health, including flexibility, endurance, strength, inner peace and well-being.
Around 350 million people practice yoga regularly, making it one of the world’s most popular forms of fitness. And all those minds and bodies focused on a specific type of exercise means increasing the varieties and forms of exercise.
In other words, there is something for everyone in the world of yoga. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 types of yoga that you can try for meditation, fitness, spirituality, and of course, for fun!
1) Jeevan Shakti Energy Yoga
“Kundalini” or “life force energy” yoga involves meditation with chanting, singing, breathing exercises, and body movement. The aim is to reduce negative thinking and stress and is excellent for those who enjoy exploring their spirituality.
2) Bal Yoga
“Hatha” yoga — literally translated to “forceful” yoga — explores the more physical side of yoga and is one of the more traditional types that many beginners enjoy. If you try this type of yoga, your main objective should be to do it consistently and combine it with breathing techniques, meditation and concentration.
3) Do Yoga Mudra
If you’re someone who rises regularly, the pose — or “ashtanga” — of yoga is for you. This style usually involves a class where you’ll learn to master a specific yoga pose before moving on to the next. Instructors often combine this with spiritual techniques and offer hands-on adjustments as students practice each pose.
4) Vayu Yoga
Yoga meets acrobatics in this beautiful yoga form that has continued to grow in popularity in recent years. You’ll use a silk hammock attached to the ceiling to hold various yoga poses. This can be especially helpful for helping your body get into challenging postures that you might not be able to do otherwise. Adding a hammock also means you can make this class as easy or as challenging as you want.
5) Yin Yoga
Yin yoga has its roots in martial arts and aims to improve circulation and flexibility to improve joint and muscle strength. It is a slow style that involves holding asanas for 1-5 minutes. If you are an athlete, exercise regularly or live with joint or muscle pain, you may benefit from this yoga type.
6) Hot Yoga
Hot yoga comes in a variety of styles and is not for the faint hearted. This is a more rigorous style where you’ll perform a variety of sitting and standing poses in a hot, humid studio. Combining the heat with the poses gets your heart rate up as well as strengthens your muscles. It’s excellent for burning fat, but you should probably avoid it if you have certain health conditions, such as heat intolerance, heart disease or experience heat-related illness. As with all exercises, check with your doctor first.
7) Shakti Yoga
Core work, plenty of movement and even dance are potential components of a power yoga routine—whether practiced as a warm-up or as a regular. An instructor has a lot of freedom to customize a power yoga class, making it an incredibly engaging yoga type that incorporates different moves and routines. Power yoga is an excellent workout for burning calories and is less spiritual than other types of yoga.
8) Strong Yoga
If ever there was a sleepy, slow yoga form, it’s this relaxing one. This yoga practice involves using props to support the body and rolling with lots of breaks to lie on a mat with your eyes closed. Instructors often play soft music and guide you through different meditations, using props to help you relax into the pose. Restorative yoga is excellent if you’re looking to reduce your stress levels or do something simple and effortless on your rest days.
9) Acro Yoga
If you want to try something challenging (but fun!) with a partner, take an acro yoga class. Acro yoga is set in an interactive environment and involves developing communication skills with a partner while you work as a team to master various poses. With each move, the “base” partner builds core and lower body strength, while the “flyer” partner builds upper body strength and flexibility.
10) Goat Yoga
Let’s say you are the kind of person who likes to step outside the box and try something particularly unique. In that case, you’ll definitely want to try goat yoga. Goat yoga may sound silly, but it’s a lot of fun. You can look forward to practicing yoga while these furry, friendly creatures snuggle around you. It is excellent for reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing mood, improving sleep and breathing, and generally boosting your positivity.
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go Community Manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about connecting with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes that moderation is key, and that people will have the most weight loss success when they engage in common sense healthy eating and fitness.