Matcha tea helps to create relaxation while also improving concentration and focus. This makes it the perfect to complement yoga. Many keen yogis are already hooked on the super powers of matcha tea but for those of you who are new to yoga or want to find out what other styles are available, check out our guide below for whatever your focus is...
Yin is sometimes referred to as yoga for the joints, not the muscles, as it directs the stimulation normally created by the asana into areas deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues. The aim is to increase flexibility and poses can be held for anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes. It is ideal for athletic types who need to release tension in overworked joints, and it is also good for those who need to relax.
Lyengar promotes strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance through coordinated breathing and poses that require precise body alignment. The poses are generally held longer, have rests between poses and can include equipment like cushions, blankets, straps, and blocks to help the less flexible which enables everyone to practice.
Sivananda is a traditional type of yoga combines postures, breathing, dietary restrictions, chanting, scriptural study, and meditation.
Vinyasa focuses on coordination of breath and movement and it is a very physically active form of yoga. It is better for people who have some previous yoga experience as no time will be spent explaining each pose and it can be fast paced. It is also known as flow yoga, flow-style yoga, dynamic yoga or vinyasa flow.
Rrestorative spends long periods of time lying on blocks, blankets and yoga bolsters - allowing muscles to relax. It is all about healing the mind and body through simple poses often held for as long as 20 minutes, with the help of props such as bolsters, pillows and straps. Emphasis is on relaxation!
Ashtanga is physically demanding as it involves synchronizing breathing with progressive and continuous series of postures (similar to vinyasa yoga). This process produces an intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs resulting in improved circulation, flexibility, stamina, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. This is a hot, sweaty, physically demanding practice (definitely not for beginners).
Bikram always follows the same 26 pose sequence in a hot room of 35-37 celsius. The heat improves flexibility, detoxification, and prevention of injuries and the special sequence of poses aim to stretch and strengthen the muscles as well as compress and "rinse" the organs of the body. Get a towel ready!
Anusara a relatively new form of yoga which pairs strict principles of alignment with a playful spirit. Postures can be challenging, but the real message is to open your heart and strive to connect with the divine in yourself and others. Rigorous for the body and the mind!
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