I’ve always loved yoga. OK, that’s not true. I’ve always loved the idea of yoga. The pants. The calmness. The look of a yogi. In practice, I’ve always found yoga difficult to enjoy. I always catch myself drifting. Why is this taking so long? Can we move on already? This is boring! I gave up more times that I can count.
Luckily, somewhere along the way, someone introduced me to the many different kinds of yoga. As it turns out, not all yoga practices are slow. Some are much faster paced, and by the end you’ll be breaking a sweat. If you need a more intense form of yoga to keep your interest, check out these three classes to give a try today.
I’ve tried this, so I can guarantee that you’ll be sweating. Hot yoga, also called Bikram Yoga, is a type of class that is taught in a room with a temperature over 100 degrees. The hot temperature is thought to let you go deeper into each stretch, therefore gaining a greater good from the practice. The room is also a bit humid, so many find this an incredibly challenging practice. Your first few times, you may have to stop and regain your balance and breath. It’s not unusual to become dizzy or overwhelmed by the heat. Is it safe? It can be … but it’s also important to follow the advice of your doctor and your qualified yoga instructor.
This is a form of yoga that can be done all on your own. It’s a very specific series of moves and breaths. Each move has a particular breath, and the same sequence is done every time you practice. The practitioner is expected to workout six days a week with some exceptions sprinkled in here and there. The specific breathing mechanism is thought to heat the body faster, “boiling” the blood and burning more calories. I’ve tried this too, and not only does it cause me to sweat, but I can never finish even the first sequence before having to stop. It’s tough, but its devotees are genuine in their belief that it’s one of the best forms of yoga out there.
Power yoga is actually a generic term. It describes classes that are taught with more vigor with fitness in mind. The style is slightly faster than many types of yoga, and some compare it to the Ashtanga style of yoga. You’ll have to balance, breathe appropriately, hold your bodyweight, and move with finesse. At the end, you’ll likely be taxed and sweating.
If you’re interested in beginning a yoga routine, great! It’s an excellent way to stay both mentally and physically healthy. Try any of these forms of yoga to see what works best for you. With some experimentation, some persistence, and an open mind, you’ll be a natural yogi before you know it.