Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Iyengar yoga

Iyengar yoga
Similar to Hatha, but focuses heavily on proper body alignment during the asanas (poses) and improving balance. This is prop-heavy yoga, using blankets, bolsters, straps and blocks to help maintain poses longer and more accurately.

Best for : People who want more fitness benefits but still desire a relaxing, risk-free workout. Those with specific problems like back pain can easily use the props to modify poses.

Not for : Again, anyone who is seeking a full-on workout might be disappointed with this type of yoga. However, a lot depends on the instructor – some Iyengar classes include an intensive series of standing poses that can provide more vigorous exercise.

Kundalini yoga
Combining the spiritual and physical sides of yoga, Kundalini classes involve a fast-paced routine of poses while stressing proper breathing and meditation. Moving through the asanas (some of which can be quite challenging), you awaken your chakras (the seven centers of consciousness), which allows the mind to open, and tension to disperse.

Best for : Anyone who desires a more spiritual yoga, while still getting a good workout.

Not for : Meditation and chanting is not for everyone, and Kundalini puts a heavy emphasis on the mind-body connection. Those new to yoga that might be scared off by the spiritual side of Kundalini may want to start with a Hatha or Iyengar class instead.

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