12) Yin Yoga
Also called Taoist yoga, yin yoga integrates principles of hatha yoga and qi gong, along with other aspects of Taoism. Yin yoga focuses on connective tissues (ligaments and tendons) rather than muscles. It does not focus on warming the muscles or moving quickly; rather it encourages long-held poses that foster relaxation. Yin poses are very passive and often done with props. Expect very long holds–five minutes or more.
Those with mobility issues.
Anyone recovering from an injury.
Those looking for a restorative practice.
Great for athletes looking for a way to repair overuse and gain flexibility.
Good for beginners.
If you meditate, this is a good practice for you.
Anyone who wants a fast-paced class or who doesn’t want to sit still.
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Hatha (gentle or restorative) classes for the slower pace.
Kripalu for the attention to the individual’s practice.
Viniyoga for the attention to the individual.
There you have it, a list of different yoga practices you can choose from. There’s no time like the present to begin a yoga practice, which I firmly believe can benefit every single person, regardless of age, fitness level, or physical ability.
That which we know as yoga is but one limb of the practice–asana. The benefits are bountiful and deep and do not require you to be physically fit or flexible. With the information above, I hope you can better decide on the type of yoga that best fits you.