There are many different kinds of Yoga to choose from but today we will be covering the more popular choices. They are
Hatha Yoga means forceful in Sanskrit and it was one of the supposedly forceful yoga in the 12th century where other forms of yoga were more subtle. However over time, Hatha became linked with the Yoga Asana that we are familiar with. As Hatha has such a broad meaning to it, what are the things you can expect when joining a Hatha yoga class then?
Be ready for a more gentle and basic class which has no flow between each pose and also slower paced stretching with some pranayama exercises in breathing. It is a good area to learn from a scratch and make yourself accustomed to Yoga. But don’t have the wrong impression that this is going to be easy as it still can be both physically and mentally draining.
Hot Yoga, is basically yoga done at higher and heated temperatures, the most well-known version of hot yoga would be Bikram. Bikram Yoga has 26 poses which is always done in a set order. It is usually done at temperatures of up to 105 degrees so it is advisable to hydrate yourself before you attempt to attend one of this physically intensive class.
Hot Yoga helps to increase flexibility in the poses and it popular in colder countries as it replicates the heat and humidity of India where yoga deprive from. It is also very helpful in detoxification of the body where it flushes out the toxins. But of course, other than being dehydrated, there is also the risk of over extending yourself as you are unable to tell when is your end point and may over strain yourself.
Finally we come to Ashtanga Yoga, it is a system of yoga which has been created for the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This form or Yoga involves timing your breaths with a series of poses which would produce an intense internal heat and profuse in which helps to flush out the toxins from the muscles and organs which improves circulation and giving a calm mind and strong body. It is also different from other forms of yoga as it is dynamic where else, most other forms are static.
As per other forms of yoga, it helps to flush out toxins from the body and calm the mind hence increasing greater awareness of your surroundings as well as awakening yourself. Creativity as well as thought process would also be improved as well as keeping yourself fit.
Generally, this 3 types of Yoga are more popular in Singapore, there is of course other forms of yogas to practice from in which it has its own unique characteristics. Yoga at the end of the day is but a form and a medium for you to explore yourself as well as your body.
Let us know which Yoga do you practice and why!