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Here’s a free in-depth guide for all things Yoga, promoted by the Michigan Association of Chiropractors.
Hatha is traditionally about creating balance in the autonomic nervous system by following strengthening poses with relaxing poses and improving flexibility.
Good for: All levels, including beginners who want a more dynamic practice, improving sleep, reducing stress, and enhancing mindfulness.
A slower style of yoga, restorative yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga that uses props to support the body, encouraging deep relaxation.
Good for: Beginners, older athletes, and anyone recovering from an injury
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga done while seated or using a chair for balance.
Good for: Beginners, older adults, and individuals with chronic conditions, balance issues, or injuries
Ashtanga synchronizes breath, postures, and Drishti to create a dynamic, flowing practice that builds internal heat.
Good for: Rule followers with some yoga experience. Building strength, purifying the nervous system, and calming the mind.
Vinyasa refers to “a flow”. This can reference the flow between poses or, in a more general sense, a dynamic style of yoga where postures flow on from one another, with three to five breaths in each.
Good for: Intermediate or advanced yogis who want a heart-pumping workout. General toning, strengthening, lengthening, and aligning of the body.
Lyengar uses props, such as blocks and chairs, to help you achieve proper technique and positioning, with the eventual goal of building enough strength in your body to get into the right position without them.
Good for: Beginners eager to learn and perfectionists, learning the subtleties of postures and building safe, healthy alignment.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced, meditative practice that gives your muscles a break and allows gravity to do the work during poses.
Good for: Beginners, older athletes, and people with muscle stiffness or balance issues.