The Many Practices of Yoga

Jenn Leonard is the voice behind local running blog RunsWithPugs. She has lived in Northeast Florida for almost ten years, with her husband, son and grumble of pugs.

If you’ve never practiced yoga, it can be an overwhelming and even intimidating activity. Having a better understanding of the types offered can help you narrow down options to find the ones that best suit your needs.

Hatha – Hatha describes most practices: a series of postures linked to breath. It is usually slower paced and perfect for beginners.

Vinyasa – For a little more challenge, try vinyasa, which is a faster flow through sun salutations and postures.

Power – With more intensity than a vinyasa flow, power yoga focuses more on using postures to build strength.

Bikram – Also known as hot yoga, where practices are held in spaces heated to 105 degrees (and 40% humidity) for an intense series of 26 postures, always in the same order.

Restorative – These classes focus on gentle stretches and releases. Be prepared to use props like straps, blocks and blankets to help  with the practice.

Practiced alone or as complements to each other, these practices (along with others) are perfect ways to improve flexibility, cardiovascular strength and overall wellness.