Yoga 101: Find Out Which Type Is Right for You

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Yoga 101: Find Out Which Type Is Right for You

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Hatha Yoga

If you’ve been a couch potato for a while, Hatha yoga can be a gentle way to ease yourself into the practice. Actually, when most people think of yoga they picture iconic Hatha poses (asanas), such as the Downward Facing Dog (which sounds harder than it actually is.) Other types of popular styles, like Power yoga or Bikram yoga, were derived from Hatha yoga, explains lead yoga therapist Judi Bar of the Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. She suggests looking for a class labeled as “beginner” or “introductory.” Don’t be afraid to ask questions or let your instructor know that certain poses may be too uncomfortable for you at first. And don’t forget to breathe.

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