Yoga offers a multitude of benefits. On the physical level, yoga gives relief from countless ailments of the body and is an excellent form of cross-training, building flexibility, balance and strength, and body awareness than can help with reaction time and agility. For the mind and spirit, yoga can help improve focus, concentration, confidence and your ability to handle stressful, challenging situations with calm and presence of mind. Read on to learn about four of the basic yoga styles to see which one will suit your practice best.
For The Challenge: Ashtanga
Ashtanga is one of the more physically challenging forms of yoga. Classes go through a sequence of as few as 25 poses (also called asanas) that include back bends, inversions (think headstands and handstands), balances, and twists. Degree of difficulty: Expect an invigorating work-out, as even the beginner classes can be challenging. Real Simple says this style of yoga builds strength, stamina, and flexibility.
For The Heat: Bikram
For The Flow: Vinyasa
For The Relaxation: Restorative
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