Yoga has fast become one of the most popular workouts in the world. Everyone is getting their downward dog on at all times of the day, in almost any vicinity you can think of.
Today is International Day of Yoga so we are championing the practice – all the many, many practices – by shouting out a few of our favourite classes.
Sweaty business. As in, you’ll sweat like never before as you work your way through a series of 26 postures in 35–42 °C . Indian yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury created said series in the early 1970s and those devoted to the practice say that Bikram has many benefits. It relieves stress, tones and heals chronic pain such as arthritis, joint aches, knee injuries and back problems.
“At the heart of the DeRose Method is Swásthya Yoga; a systematisation of the most ancient pre-classical yoga. With matriarchal and naturalistic philosophical roots Swásthya yoga is a truly complete method which develops the human being on all levels, from the physical to the intuitional. Every class is unique; developing strength, flexibility, grace and deep conscious awareness in our practitioners”, says Paulo Pacifici, Founder of the Ady Centre, who has been teaching this method since 2002.
Hanging upside down in a silk hammock may sound more acrobatic than zen, but actually Anti-gravity yoga is for anyone looking to try something new.
This workout was invented by aerial performer Christopher Harrison, a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer. The benefits include improved strength and flexibility.
Vinyasa classes are known for their intensity and fluid movements. While music fills the room you smoothly transition from pose to pose while breathing calmly and synchronized. No two Vinyasa classes are the same so if you hate routine and love a challenging workout, this is the right yoga for you. “My favourite yoga styles are the ones that incorporate a good level of breathing and mediation into each class. It’s so easy to forget that yoga starts with the breath – without that connection you’ll not see the restorative benefits of yoga and you won’t ever be able to fully get your head in the game and push yourself”, says Push PR’s Camilla Allpress.
If you like a more meticulous workout, you should definitely try Iyengar. This type of yoga is all about finding the correct alignment in a pose through the use of props such as blocks, blankets, straps, chairs and bolsters.