Yoga: A Beginners Guide to Different Styles

How many styles of Yoga are there? (For Beginners)

After years of finding my way in meditation, it naturally led to finding an equally calm style of exercise that complements my passion for meditation.  Whether you are deciding to find a Yoga Centre locally, practice at home, or just enjoy some basic stretching, there is an incredible amount of resources available on the internet.




I really hadn’t a scooby doo about the different types of Yoga when my journey began.  There are many different styles of yoga to try out and something to suit everyone.


I was recommended Yoga with Adriene by my daughter who also practices Yoga at home.  She has practised with Adriene for years on and off, and I’m now subscribed to her Channel as she has it covered for beginners, weight loss and all the way to aiding heartbreak!  Do check her out if you are wanting to practice at home.


Kundalini Yoga


Kundalini yoga is a relatively new addition to my area. It is more than keeping the physical body fit. It incorporates meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques) & the use of mantras. The class consists of a physical warm up, a kriya (a physical set), long relaxation and meditation.


My short experience participating in Kundalini Yoga was inspiring, energising, often emotional and surprisingly addictive!  Once you’ve overcome your embarrassment during the unique breathing exercises!  Remember ~ it’s just something new to learn and everyone is doing it within the class!  You’ll know what I’m talking about if you try it.  I still continue to use many of the Kundalini music as a background to my meditation as it completely absorbs me.  Find a quiet moment, light a candle and check out Snatam Kaur on YouTube.



Take A Look At Hot Yoga


Like its title, this form of yoga is predominantly practised in hot and humid surroundings which have this constant temperature atmosphere, however, many Yoga Centres have rooms dedicated for this with the hot temperature to boot.  I have yet to try this, but keen to get hot and work out this bod!



Heat It Up


Apparently, there are other effects that can occur with this particular feature incorporated into the sessions of yoga. It is interesting to note that though yoga is a very gentle and slow-moving art form, the individual can complete the session not only feeling rejuvenated but also a little sweaty.


Therefore, when the hot yoga style is practised there is also the aim in mind to really sweat out the unwanted negative elements of the body. None of those who use this style finds the excessive perspiration an unpleasant by-product, in fact, most welcome it.


Hot yoga is a set series of yoga poses specifically designed to be carried out in a hot or heated room. In most cases, the temperature of the environment where the hot yoga is done is kept at about 95 – 100 degrees.


By mere virtue of the temperature alone the level of perspiration is quite high, coupled with the yoga exercises, the body is able to harness and emit a different level of warmth which in turn is purported to make the individual’s body more supple and flexible.


The following are some of the benefits derived from the hot yoga style:


  • The body’s ability to burn fat is heightened


  • The fluidity of the joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body are enhanced.


  • Tissues and muscles are more effectively oxygenated because the capillaries better dilate with the heated surroundings.


  • Peripheral circulation improves due to the enhancement of sweating.


  • The metabolism rate speeds up


  • The cardiovascular system gets a more strenuous work out though it is kept at a comfortable level


  • The sweating element provides the detoxification and elimination of toxins through the skin.


  • This, of course, burns calories as well.


Here, I have written more information on some different types of Yoga and how many calories you can burn during yoga.


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