If you are looking for a form of exercise that complements your existing training regime, then there are many forms of yoga that you can look into. Some will help you stretch out tight muscles, some will help you increase muscle strength and endurance. Yoga also has the added benefit of stress release and aligning the body and mind. This is a great health benefit to add to any training programme.
Vinyasa combines breathing and movement in a dance-like form of yoga. It can be quite quick, and poses are not held for long periods of time – rather they are smoothly moved through one by one. This is a good form to choose if you want to increase your heart rate. It is an intense workout and great for endurance athletes.
Kundalini is challenging both mentally and physically. It combines repetitive movement, intense breathing, chanting, and meditation. It is aimed at releasing untapped energy and creating a higher self-awareness. If you are looking for more than a workout, Kundalini is an intense session for those looking for a more spiritual practice.
Ashtanga And Bikram Yoga
Possibly two of the most well-known yoga practices, they are similar only from the point that they both use a sequence of specific poses, and are great for perfectionists and those who like routines and predictability.
Astanga is a series of 6 sequenced poses that you will either do on your own or as the instructor calls. The movements are flowing and you breathe through them. Bikram is a series of 26 sequenced poses and two breathing exercises and these are performed in a heated studio – 105 degrees and 40% humidity. All Bikram studios have the same ninety-minute routine. If you are a beginner, take it easy and stay hydrated.