10 Types of Yoga you should try before you die

If you’re not sure about what type of yoga to try, look at our handy guide to help you choose. From a beginners to an advanced yoga level, you can find out what to expect and how each type of yoga can help you improve your mental and physical well-being.

Yoga has 3 elements that will surface consistently throughout every type of yoga. These foundations are stretching exercises, breathing and meditation techniques.

Well-being can transform how we look and how we feel about ourselves. Often, such positive changes can be taken away from the yoga mat and into our everyday lives to undertake more positive behaviours.

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In a nut shell, please see below the 10 most popular forms of yoga that could fit around your lifestyle.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga is different from the rest. You move quickly through a series of set yoga poses, flowing from one position to the next without intervals. There is no variation which means that you can continue to develop your strength and flexibility in the same areas. Similar to Power yoga, you can work out your cardio fitness alongside the benefits of meditation.

Power

Power yoga is identical to Ashtanga. The only difference is power yoga does not have a set sequence. There is more focus on certain types of poses and body parts in a session compared to the general bodily ashtanga approach.

Hatha

If you’re a beginner and just want to know more about yoga, Hatha is a good starting point. It eases you in by helping you to focus on the basic yoga and relaxation techniques.

Bikram

If you can exercise in strong heat then this is the perfect type of yoga for you. Imagine doing 26 yoga poses within a hot room. The temperate can different between classes but usually starts from 35 degrees. It is perfect for flushing out any toxins through a series of deep but relaxing stretches.

Iyengar

Iyengar is good for improving your flexibility. You can use lots of different types of props to help you get into certain poses. These props include belts, blocks, harnesses and pillows. You are focusing here on your body alignment, holding poses over longer periods of time compared to other yoga techniques.

Vinyoga

If you want to choose yoga that fits around you and you alone, then personalise it. Other types tend to be dictated around set routines. With Vinoga, your trainer takes a much more personalised approach, tailoring your yoga routine to your age, health and physical needs.

Kundalini

This is an all-in-one yoga regime encompassing all aspects of the yoga tradition. There will be a combination of physical poses, breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting and relaxation. You will focus primarily on your spine, helping you to become more flexible.

Vanyasa

This type of yoga helps you to de-stress by focusing more on relaxation techniques. You are practising yoga with 12 basic poses that is matched to certain types of breathing. Focus and stillness are the prime benefits.

Kripa

Kripa has 3 stages, each providing you with a step-by-step guide to yoga. Firstly, you will learn about the different poses, stretches and relaxation techniques. Then you will try to hold and sustain these newly learnt poses for long periods of time. Finally you will be able to move between poses. These stages can be achieved at your own pace, where you’re ability tends to lead the way during sessions.

Sivanda

Wellbeing is at the heart of Sivanda; It relies on your ability to develop habits that will enrich and change your life. It is a fairly gentle regime, where you will be practising 12 poses alongside breathing and relaxation techniques. It is here where positive thinking and meditation will become part of your daily routine.

10 Yoga Poses For Absolute Beginners

Yoga is practised by millions of people all over the world every day and is great for increasing flexibility and strength. Try these 10 simple poses to get you started with this ancient form of exercise.


Mountain pose

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  1. Stand with your feet 1 metre apart
  2. Put your arms in the air
  3. Keep your neck aligned with your spine
  4. Hold this for one minute, taking deep breaths throughout

Downward facing dog

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  1. Stand up, keeping your back straight
  2. Hinge forward at the waist and onto the floor
  3. Keep hands flat on the floor, spacing out fingers
  4. Get into the push up position with each foot
  5. Lift your hips as far as they go
  6. Hold that position for 30 seconds

Warrior pose

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  1. Stand with your feet at shoulder width
  2. Turn your right leg by 90 degrees
  3. Turn your left leg out by 45 degrees
  4. Turn your chest to the right
  5. Raise your arms, keeping them level with your shoulders
  6. Hold this position for 30 seconds

Tree pose

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  1. Stand normally
  2. Shift your weight onto your left foot by bending your right knee
  3. Draw your right leg upwards resting the sole of your foot on the left inner thigh
  4. Raise your arms above your head and join your palms together
  5. Hold this position for 30 seconds

Bridge pose

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  1. Lay flat on the floor and keep your arms straight
  2. Bend your knees and lift your hips up off the floor
  3. Make sure your hips are parallel to the floor
  4. Bring your chest into your chin
  5. Hold this position for 30 seconds

Seated Twist

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  1. Lay on the floor
  2. Extend your legs in front of you
  3. Cross your left foot over right thigh, bending your left knee
  4. Put your right elbow on your left knee
  5. With your right hand twist your body away from your left leg
  6. Hold this position for 30 seconds

Upward facing dog

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  1. Lie flat on your stomach
  2. Bend your arms and rest palms on floor
  3. Push off the floor with your arms, keeping your legs rested
  4. Straighten your arms and make sure your torso is raised
  5. Look at the ceiling to lengthen your neck

Pigeon pose

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  1. Get into the push-up position
  2. Place your left knee on the floor
  3. Place your left heel by your right hip
  4. Press your hands to the floor and sit back
  5. Lift your chest and look up to the ceiling
  6. Hold this pose for 30 seconds

Childs pose

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  1. Get into the kneeling position and sit on the heels of your feet
  2. Lower your head to the ground, resting it on the floor
  3. Bring your arms in front either side of you
  4. Hold that pose and breathe into your torso
  5. Hold this pose for as long as you want

This pose is used as an interval in between other poses


Triangle pose

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  1. Spread your feet two meters apart
  2. Raise your arms and level them with your shoulders
  3. Touch the inside of your right foot with the outside of your right hand
  4. Raise your left hand to the ceiling, keeping it straight
  5. Focus on turning your head towards the top of your left hand to stretch your back

Step-by-Step Guide to Yoga – The Sun Salutation

A popular power yoga routine is the Sun Salutation. A great breakfast routine which can be done on a empty stomach, ready to start your day with an energy kick. You will notice that each movement flows neatly into the next with practise.

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Check out the steps below to improve your strength and flexibility.

1.Prayer pose

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1. Keep your feet together, balancing your weight equally between them
2. Relax your shoulders
3. As you inhale, lift your arms above your head
4. As you exhale, lower your arms and bring palms together

2. Raised Arms pose

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1. Lift arms up and to the back of you
2. Stretch your body from your feet to your hands

3. Hand and to foot pose

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1. Bend yourself forward from the waist, keeping your back straight
2. Exhale and try to get your hands as close to the floor as possible.
3. Bend the knees for ease

4. Equestrian pose

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1. Start in the push up pose
2. Bring your right foot in between your palms and bend your knee
3. Keep your left leg in the push-up position with a bent knee
4. Look up to the ceiling

5. Stick pose

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1. Bring your left leg back from the equestrian pose to meet the right leg

6. . Salute With Eight Parts

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1. Bring your knees down
2. Exhale
3 Arch your hips back
4. Lower your chest and chin to the floor
5. Push your hips just above ground level

7.Cobra pose

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1. Slide your body forward
2. Bend your elbows
3. Raise your chest
4. Gaze at the ceiling.

8.Mountain Pose

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1. As you exhale, lift both your hips and tail bone up
2. Lower your chest to create an inverted ‘V’ shape

The 20 Best Vegetables to Add to Your Shopping List

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Vegetables are amazing. They are a natural source of vitamins, fibre and are low in calories.

If you are trying to lose weight, or just want to feel more energised, getting more veg in your diet is key.

Use a shopping list to get more veg into your diet. Here are our top 20 vegetables to get into your basket.

  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Peas
  • Sweet potato
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Beetroot
  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce
  • Bak Choy
  • Squash

Endorphins – The Science

Working out, if you let it, can make you feel happier. When your brain releases endorphins during exercise, it is your body’s way of paying you back for going that extra mile. As what doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t change you.

Endorphine is the feel-good chemical that combats stress, giving you the “high” you need to push yourself that little bit harder. Many will experience a buzz during exercise, a state of wellbeing that can only be described as euphoria.

So, if you’re feeling sluggish, try some of our cardiovascular challenges to reap your body’s natural rewards.