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aapower_of_yogaThe Power of Yoga for Women

Yoga can be a powerful force in your life. And with many types of yoga, every woman can find her bliss. Whether you are looking to tone your body, increase flexibility, build muscle, or reduce stress, there is a form of yoga for you. This guide will cover the various types of yoga and the benefits of each.


Yoga for Women

Yoga can do so many things for you. It can keep you healthy and limber, offer you peace in the midst of stress and keep you in touch with your body and mind. Most women who keep a regular yoga practice attest to its power to heal body and spirit. Even if you have never tried yoga and find yourself intimidated by the thought of twisting your body into a pretzel, don't fret. With several types of yoga to choose from, this ancient practice offers something for everyone. Keep in mind that this list of yoga types is not exhaustive, but it offers a glimpse to the variety of yoga types you can practice. Yoga, like women, comes in all different shapes and sizes. Here is a run-down of the most popular types of yoga, and how women use them to stay in balance:

  • Ananda yoga: This is one of the gentlest types of yoga, and a good place to start if you are older and have never tried yoga before. It focuses on moving breath and energy throughout the body, healthy spine and overall body alignment, and the power of controlled breathing. Practice this yoga for stress-relief and to ensure healthy posture and spine alignment.
  • Ashtanga yoga: One of the more physically challenging type of yoga, Ashtanga focuses on a progression of postures and synchronized breathing. At its highest form, it demands substantial focus and bodily strength. This type of yoga has been known to cause sweat and bliss in equal shares. It is known to increase flexibility, stamina and improve the body's circulation. Many women swear by its ability to detoxify the body and improve muscle strength and flexibility.
  • Bikram yoga: Chances are you've heard of this type of yoga, which has received a lot of attention lately because it is practiced in 95 to 100 degree temperatures. It is a comprehensive system of yoga that is used to improve stamina, muscle strength, and flexibility. Part of its growing popularity is that many women also use it to lose weight and to promote detoxification.
  • Hatha yoga: By far still the most popular type of yoga, Hatha yoga is known as the foundation of all other types of practices. This is the yoga that first made a splash in the United States, and which is popular with women of all ages and body types because it is based on generally easy to learn postures, known as asanas. Many women use hatha yoga as a means of exercise, toning, stress management, and spiritual practice.
  • Kundalini yoga: This type focuses attention to the spine, especially the reawakening of energy at its base and the flow of breath upward through the body. Typically, classes also include meditation and chanting. Women use this yoga for stress management and to improve back health.
  • Power yoga: Generally this refers to an American version of traditional ashtanga yoga, with strong emphasis on strength training and muscle-building. Many women use this as part, or to supplement, traditional aerobic workouts.
  • Vinyasa yoga: Another popular and physical yoga type that focuses on progressive movements and poses and regulation of breath. Women choose vinyasa for its ability to strengthen the body and improve flexibility.
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