Your Yoga Handbook: From Hatha to Vinyasa and Everything in Between

Wondering which style is right for you? Here, 11 popular practices to suit any lifestyle (12 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Jan 1, 2011 at 1:24PM

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Your Yoga Handbook: From Hatha to Vinyasa and Everything in Between

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Known For: Its gentle approach and upbeat messages. Every posture is paired with a silent affirmation (such as, “I am strong in myself, I am complete in myself”) that helps you build a deeper, more positive connection between your mind and body. According to the Ananda Yoga Teachers’ Association, this style is never “aggressive or aerobic” and emphasizes maintaining a state of constant relaxation -- even while holding challenging poses.

Best Suits: Yoga beginners, those without any prior fitness experience or anyone recovering from an injury -- its slower pace and longer pauses make it easily modifiable. It’s also great for anyone in need of a good-mood boost.

What It’s Like:  A relaxing, ‘feel-good’ mind and body experience. This style of yoga encourages spiritual growth while releasing tension, explains Danielle Diamond, a certified yoga instructor at Garden State Yoga in Bloomfield, NJ.

Calorie Burn: Around 175 calories an hour


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