5 Types of Yoga for Wellness and Weight Loss

by Bipin Baloni 

Summary: Commit to the science of yoga for wellness and natural weight loss. Find out through this blog the five types of yoga that can help you become healthy and lean.

The traditional discipline of yoga encompasses diverse yoga forms that support the physical, mental, and spiritual development of the yogis. With a lot of body movements, deep breathing, bandhas, drishti, and other yogic elements, these various styles of yoga promote relaxation, boost athleticism, relieve stress, and cultivate an overall sense of well-being.

Without a doubt, a regular yoga practice cultivates heightened body awareness and mindfulness that are fundamental to natural and safe weight loss. The physical activity involved in yoga postures builds muscle strength which is the key to unlocking the metabolic potential that helps one to burn calories even when truly resting in Corpse Pose!

The National Institute of Health states that the physical, mental, and social benefits of yoga make it a comprehensive weight loss method. Additionally, several works of research show that yoga practices lead to effective weight loss by encouraging conscious eating. Regular yoga practice helps people become more aligned with body cues that help them recognize their stress and understand the real reasons behind  unconscious and unhealthy eating.

Overall, the art of yoga fosters holistic weight loss and lifelong ideal body mass. Here are five types of yoga for building strength, finding inner peace, and savoring a healthy and lean body.

  1. Hatha Yoga: The classical and founding yoga style of many contemporary yoga forms– Hatha yoga is for correcting the imbalances through postures, meditation, pranayama, and diet thus creating an ideal physical, mental, and spiritual body. The wide assortment of yoga poses from basic to advanced and from relaxing to vigorous works on larger muscles groups and building strength that in turn facilitates calorie burn and a wholesome wellness.
  2. Bikram Yoga: Bikram Yoga derives its name from its founder, Yogi Bikram Choudhury. This yoga style is performed in a heated room for 90 minutes comprising of the same sequence of 26 yoga postures, including two pranayama exercises. The heat of the room composes the muscles for a fast practice and the resulting sweat discharges toxins and dirt from the body. The Bikram Yoga movements increase flexibility and improve the heart rate as the heat assists in tissue stretching and rejuvenating the circulatory system making it one of the ideal forms for wellness and weight loss.
  3. Iyengar Yoga: Developed by revered B.K.S Iyengar, Iyengar Yoga emphasizes detail, precision, and alignment in the performance of yoga postures and pranayama. This yoga style has systematized yoga asanas and breathing techniques ranging from basic to advanced helping the students develop their mind, body, and spirit as they progress gradually in their practice. Iyengar Yoga often makes the use of yoga props giving the practitioners the necessary time to align their body, minimizing the risk, and making the yoga postures accessible to all. The Iyengar yoga is great for building both body and mental grit. It gives a boost to the strength and mental calmness which keeps people away from unconscious snacking as well.
  4. Anusara Yoga: A modern-day Hatha yoga– Anusara established by John Friend in 1997. Anusara means “flowing with grace’’, a practice based on Tantric philosophy of “intrinsic goodness’’ with “universal principles of alignment.” The principles of alignment bring refinement and balanced energy to the practice that fosters optimal strength, wellness, and health. There are over 250 postures in Anusara yoga ranging from standing poses to backbends designed to cultivate spiritual-awakening and a sense of empowerment.
  5. Vinyasa Yoga: Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movements.” In Vinyasa class, the practitioners coordinate movements with the breath to flow from one pose to the another. The arrangement of poses in a specific way makes Vinyasa yoga special to perform.

The best type of yoga for you is the one that you are willing to commit to doing. Perhaps a blend of all types will help keep you motivated and engaged . Keep in mind that yoga is a holistic practice and the key to making it work as a weight loss regime is to embrace the entire healthy ‘lifestyle’ that yoga offers.

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Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher, and a Traveller in India. He provides Ayurvedic Cooking Course India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, and the Himalayas.

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