Friday, July 22, 2011

yoga styles


yoga has become an integral part of my life.  it grounds me, centers me and calms my nerves.  it also strengthens (and lengthens) my muscles and increases my flexibility.  quite simply, it's been good for my mind, body and soul. 

it took me a while to feel this way.  initially i was a bit intimidated by it and felt you could only get a "real" workout doing P90X or tae bo.  that said, yoga has been the absolute best thing i've done for myself and my body, and now i found myself encouraging people to give it a try.  it's not for everyone...nothing is.  but if you're curious, check it out.  you might just fall in love.





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to help you select what class you might be interested in checking out, i've listed some of the most popular styles below.  (my personal favorites are vinyasa, anusara and hot yoga.)

vinyasa yoga - the poses flow from one to the next and are synchronized with the breath.  also called "flow yoga"

hatha yoga - poses are held (i.e. no flow)

anusara yoga - this type of yoga focuses on alignment and also emphasizes a connection with the inner self. 

hot yoga - a.k.a. bikram yoga.  a set of 26 poses done in a hot room (100+ degrees).  the heat allows the muscles to release and sweating releases toxins from the body.

svaroopa - this type of yoga is meant to be solely restorative.  when you practice you use a lot of props - blankets, blocks, etc. - to assist in the release of the spine.  (when you're done, you feel like you've had a massage.)


me in tree pose outside philly art museum

so, mavens, are you inspired to do some yoga?  what's your favorite style?




29 comments:

  1. i'm all about flow yoga!! i used to love hot yoga, but it made my skin breakout too much. love this little summary you made.

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  2. this post was very helpful! thank you!

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  3. I love yoga-Vinyasa is my favorite. I tried Bikram but felt like I was suffocating, it's just way too hot me! I need yoga in my life, when I don't have it, I feel the effects!

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  5. I've never given yoga a try. Pilates is my thing but I must say I never knew that there were different styles of yoga. Hmmmm, I may give it a try one day. Thanks for the info :)

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  6. I'm all about yoga. I thought it was just a trendy type of thing, but when I finally jumped on the bandwagon and gave it a try I saw what all the rage was about. I've never tried hot yoga, but I've always thought it sounds slightly miserable. I love that last photo- the tree pose is my fave!

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  7. My favorite is vinyasa, but I'm trying out svaroopa next week :)

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  8. I went to a class once... and I fell asleep. I'm more of a jogging type... :)

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  9. I've been wanting to get into yoga for years and just never have, not quite sure what my problem is! What a small world - I'm originally from Bucks County!! I would so love to move back there some day!! It's so scenic! Love your blog!! :)

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  11. I'm a runner, but I try to switch it up a little just to stay toned. My freshman year of college I gained the dreaded freshman 15 (more like freshman 20), and I seriously credit yoga to not only helping me lose the weight, but also to just feel healthier and happier in general (plus buying cute Lululemon yoga clothes felt better once I lost the weight!).
    I did hot yoga all last year and have switched to vinyasa and tried flow. This was such a well written post, and it's fun to connect with another yogi! :)

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