One of the most asked questions when it comes to yoga is “What type of yoga is right for me?” But, I think what people really want to know is, “What type of yoga do I need?”
Believe it or not, there are several types of yoga and each has their own particular style.
Your Emotions & Yoga Styles That May Help To Ease Them
As humans, our moods are constantly changing – not to mention life circumstances we have no control over that throw us onto emotional roller coaster rides. Depending on our current situations and self-care needs, we may require different types of yoga at different times. After all, one thing about being a true yogi is exploring and trying new things – stepping out of our comfort zone.
In order to know what type of yoga we need it’s important to try different styles to help us decide which one we like, don’t like, or maybe want to save for later.
Here are a few types of yoga you should seriously consider exploring in relation to your emotional state and how these practices just might help you to ease the level at which you experience your feelings.
Feeling Stressed? Try Hatha Yoga.
Hatha is great for beginners, and the poses are not complicated making them really easy to pick-up! Loose comfy and breathable clothing is best. Hatha is a gentle, slow style of yoga that focuses on controlled breathing. Relieving stress is one of the main benefits of a Hatha practice because of it’s calming, more relaxed movements.
Feeling Angry? Try Ashtanga Yoga.
Ashtanga is typically suited for intermediate to advanced yogis, but if you are in fairly good physical shape you can handle it. Ashtanga is a more high-energy, power yoga that moves at a faster pace and is more physically demanding. It sounds counteractive to practice Ashtanga to combat anger, but studies have shown that exercise can help us deal with anger better and use exercise to lessen the emotions impact in our lives.
Feeling a Lack of Confidence? Try Vinyasa Yoga.
Vinyasa style yoga (one of my favorites!) is a vigorous practice as well but incorporates breathing techniques that are focused on helping students move through the poses better. It’s great for weight loss, it’s muscle building and increases calorie burn. Vinyasa is also a good practice for those that need a little confidence boost. The poses are not too difficult and for each one there is a beginning, intermediate and advanced version so everyone, although we’re all different, can accomplish the same goal and feel proud.
Feeling Lonely? Try Kundalini Yoga.
Kundalini yoga is a more spiritual experience that is focused on connecting you to something bigger than yourself. It’s chanting mantras and breath through movements are meant to improve our relatability to mother earth, God, or some type of “larger than life” spiritual being. It’s unique, for sure, but you will definitely leave the practice feeling united and not so lonely.
There are many types of yoga – these are just a few. There is Iyengar, Bikram, and Restorative yoga, among others. The important thing is to try different ones – see what works for you and how you can utilize the various styles to help you deal with and work through the tough emotions.
Here’s a fun little chart/quiz that you can try from the Wellness section of the Huffington Post. It’s not based on emotions like we discussed here, but it’s quirky and just kind of fun to do!
So, have you tried any of these styles mentioned here? What’s your favorite and how does it make you feel?