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7 Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Jun 21, 2016
7 Ways to Celebrate International Yoga Day

 

Happy International Yoga Day! Most people think that yoga is just stretching on a mat, but it is way more than that! Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that brings you closer to yourself. There are many types of yoga classes, some focus on the physical body, while others focus on the mental aspect; some are a combination of the two. There is something for everyone with yoga, not to mention how deeply rewarding it can be.

Here are all the different types of yoga you can fall in love with:

Vinyasa Flow

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Vinyasa is a flow class, it synchronizes your movement with your breath, which make the poses flow together like a dance. This style allows for variety, but will almost always include sun salutations. Definitely expect a lot of movement, not just stretching. The class can be taught fast or slow, include inversions, or be very alignment-oriented but that will depend on the teacher.

Power Yoga

Power yoga is all about fast movements. It isn’t as subtle as a standard yoga class, it is more of an aerobic workout that focuses on body motion. This style is extremely beneficial. It helps burn calories, releases stress and anxiety, eliminates toxins, improves blood circulation, and increases stamina. Not to mention it is super fun!

Restorative Yoga

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Restorative yoga is a form that helps achieve a calmer and relaxed mind. This style also uses props to stretch major parts of the bodies where injuries occur further. It involves minimal movement and is all about relating and giving your muscles some rest. It involves more mediation and less rigor.

Hot Yoga

Hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga, is yoga performed in hot conditions, normally around 100 degrees. The heated environment increases body flexibility and helps burn calories in a super fast way. The insane amount of sweat your body will exert is the toxins removing themselves from your body.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is the yang to a power or a vinyasa class. It is practiced at a very slow pace. Every pose is held for five minutes or more. It applies stress to the tissues of the body, helps lubricate the joints, increase blood circulation, and improves flexibility. It is also a very inward focused class, helping to gain inner peace and social connectivity rather than a fast workout.

Aerial Yoga

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Aerial yoga, also known as anti-gravity yoga, is a new form of yoga that combines the traditional yoga poses, Pilates, and dance with the use of a hammock. This workout needs the involvement of the whole body. It requires stamina and strength to get control over one’s body. It is proven to be a stress releaser and can help cure spine related problems.

Sup Yoga

SUP or stand up paddleboard yoga combines vinyasa yoga and surfing. This style originated in Hawaii and has now become very popular in other parts of America. Your mat practice should be somewhat strong before attempting sup yoga, but it is always fun to get out and expand your yoga practice to the great outdoors.

I have been doing yoga 3-4 days a week for almost a year and I am completely in love with it. Today is the perfect day to roll out your mat and begin your journey to enlightenment and while you’re at it, a six-pack.

Happy practicing! Namaste!