By: William G. Rohrer Staff
There’s a yoga class for everyone—whether you’re always on the go, recovering from a shoulder injury or experiencing anxiety. Gain a better understanding of these four common yoga styles offered in a fitness center environment, so you can read the group exercise schedule with ease:
During a vinyasa class, there are pose sequences linked to breathwork and a moderate- to high-energy playlist. This practice is fantastic for intermediate and advanced yogis; there are fewer pauses throughout the practice, so having a basic understanding of yoga-specific movements is quite helpful.
Hatha is less intense than Vinyasa. However, you are still moving through a sequence of poses and holding each one for a few breaths. This practice is perfect for people who want to ease into yoga whether you are new or have been inactive for some time.
In a restorative/yin yoga session, the emphasis is placed on activating the parasympathetic nervous system which is your body’s “rest-and-digest” system. Props including bolsters, blocks as well as blankets support the body in different stretches; each posture is typically held between 3-5 minutes (standard) or 5-10 minutes (advanced)—releasing the connective tissue in the body and steadying your mind. This practice acts as an amazing recovery workout for sore athletes. It also works wonders when you’re overstimulated or encounter racing thoughts.
Kundalini is a melting pot of yoga poses, chanting, singing, meditation and breathwork. This practice focuses on harnessing your creative energy and moving it along the spine to enhance self-awareness.
For more information or recommendations, please consult a center group exercise instructor or fitness specialist.
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