Yoga is as universal as anything can get. Wherever you are in the world, there is some form to practice and fall in love with. Renew your mind, body, and spirit with this list of 10 different types of yoga that you can try on a holiday in various destinations. Each holds a unique appeal but everyone is sure to lead you to inner peace with regular practice.
1. Aqua Yoga
Gains in strength, balance, and range of motion are all offered by aqua yoga. A deeply relaxing practice, it is a low-impact exercise where asanas are completed with you submerged in warm water.
Characterized by diaphragmatic breathing and long exhalations, aqua yoga promotes well-being by reducing anxiety and stress, easing pain and muscle spasm, and reducing fatigue. It is a gentle practice that packs benefits.
Our pick: Half Moon
2. Ashtanga Yoga
If you want to build core strength and tone the body, Ashtanga Yoga is the one for you. Highly physical and athletic, this dynamic practice encourages breath with movement through a fast-paced sequence. Heat is created in the body aimed at purification.
Ashtanga means eight-limbed yoga. In a class, you are instructed to complete a set of asanas while channeling energy through the body using locks and concentrating on singular points using the eyes. Benefits include stronger physique, emotional stability, and self-awareness.
Our pick: Navutu Dreams
3. Hatha Yoga
Do you want to challenge your strength and flexibility? Sign up for Hatha Yoga classes near you. This practice focuses on physical yoga postures and seeks to balance effort and relaxation. The breath is used to create a flow. Classes are designed to calm the mind and body and guide people towards meditation.
Hatha Yoga takes its name from the words ha or sun and tha or moon. It pertains to the masculine and feminine inside everyone and the practice brings the two sides together in balance and harmony.
Proper alignment is important in this kind of yoga. It is ideal for beginners. Also, many styles of yoga draw inspiration from Hatha. This includes Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Power Yoga. So you see, there will be no problem at all in finding a class to suit you.
Our pick: Aqua Inn Trincomalee
4. Hot Yoga
References to Hot Yoga are everywhere – it is quite a popular practice. Satisfy your curiosity by giving it a try! Essentially, it is a kind of Hatha Yoga where postures are done inside a heated room between 35 and 40 degrees. The heat is used to cleanse and detoxify the body. The whole body gets a workout, from the internal organs and out.
Beginners can very well find their way in a class. There are many benefits but a lot of people do Hot Yoga for weight loss. The physical exercise does help tremendously. More than that, regular practice helps to improve flexibility, balance, and coordination, strengthen and tone the muscles, improve circulation, reduce stress, and ease chronic pain like joint aches and back problems.
Our pick: Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort
5. Iyengar Yoga
Known simply as the yoga of precision, Iyengar Yoga focuses on anatomical details to achieve the best alignment in assuming postures and breath control. It uses simple yoga props like a belt or a block to help beginners hold poses for long periods and to progress correctly and safely from basic to advance practice.
This method cultivates strength, flexibility, stability, and sensitivity in mind, body, and spirit. Highly recommended! With continual practice, the body opens up, which gives way to more challenging postures and significant growth in awareness.
Our pick: Borgo Egnazia Hotel
6. Kundalini Yoga
Spirituality sits at the heart of Kundalini Yoga. Start a devoted practice and unleash your inner serpent power – the kundalini. Coiled at the base of the spine, yoga classes aim to draw it upward through the seven chakras. This is done through movement, sound, dynamic breathing, and meditation. Expect a lot of chanting involved. Embrace it to gain spiritual awareness, increase consciousness, and improve physical vitality.
Our pick: Hotel Mousai
7. Power Yoga
The name alone is empowering, isn’t it? Power Yoga connotes holistic strength. It involves whole-body training based on a Vinyasa practice. Sequential asanas are done in a sequence to build heat in the body. Like a normal Vinyasa class, breath with movement is encouraged, too. Benefits include increases in stamina, strength, and flexibility.
Our pick: Rhon Park Hotel
8. Restorative Yoga
Few can rival the joys of Restorative Yoga after a long haul flight. Your back is aching and your limbs are bent. But nothing that a gentle practice of five or six poses cannot solve. Do the postures inside your hotel room and you will be ready to take off in no time!
Movements are slow and gentle, very soothing. It leaves you completely relaxed and well-rested. Poses are held for five minutes or longer. These involve light twists, seated forward folds, and tiny backbends. Use props to support your practice like blankets, towels, and chairs. If you can get your hands on proper yoga props like a block, strap, or ball, all the better.
Our pick: The Harmony Hotel
9. Vinyasa Yoga
In Sanskrit, Vinyasa means connection. In this class, your goal is to synchronize movement with the breath. It is more like a dance, where the poses come fluidly. A specific series of movements are done to encourage the breath to flow from one pose to the next. Prana Flow, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, and Power Yoga can all be considered a type of Vinyasa Yoga.
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10. Yin Yoga
Do you like sitting all day? Bring new meaning to this ordinary activity by practicing Yin Yoga. It is a passive form of yoga designed to help you sit longer in meditation. The stretches are deep, usually held for five minutes, to access inner layers of fascia and the joints around the back, hip, and knees. Ultimately, this practice leads you to more intensive meditation. Do you sense inner peace?
Our pick: Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
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