Stretching is an important part of chiropractic, and I regularly recommend various stretches to my patients. Stretches help relieve tension and pain in problem areas, and I am often asked if yoga can help. The answer is yes, depending on the patient's condition, of course. It can be as simple as popping into your local yoga studio, but I want to take a moment to point you in the right direction by educating you on the top seven yoga styles. Because some styles are better for beginners, while others work well for certain conditions, it is important to learn more about this ever-growing practice.
1. Vinyasa: This is the most popular style of yoga in the United States. Vinyasa is based on continual movement between poses. It requires you to switch fluidly from one pose to another, and is physically more demanding than other styles.
2. Restorative: Restorative yoga is great for new chiropractic patients because it is perfect for people suffering from high stress. If you are in a great deal of pain, it is highly likely that you are also experiencing high stress. Restorative yoga is typically the most relaxing and gentle style. It is usually done with props, which decrease the amount of strain put on the body while you unwind during the yoga session.
3. Yin: Yin yoga is very slow paced, making it another great choice for beginners. Poses are held for longer periods of time, but most of the postures are seated. Yin is also recommended for those recovering from an injury.
4. Bikram: Bikram, also known as hot yoga, has recently seen an increase in popularity. Classes are held in a room heated to 105 degrees and these practitioners repeat the same 26 poses twice. Hot yoga is known to be great for both the organs and the skin.
5. Hatha: When most people imagine yoga, they think of hatha. This style focuses on the breath, is slow-moving, and completely relaxed. Hatha yoga is also a good style for yoga beginners, as it is more of an introduction to physical poses.
6. Iyengar: This style of yoga is also known for the use of props such as harnesses and yoga blocks, which help the individual practitioner find the best position for them. This style of yoga is recommended for those recovering from injuries or structural imbalances. Poses are held for longer than usual in this style of yoga.
7. Prenatal: Prenatal yoga is highly recommended for pregnant mothers. Many of our patients are expecting, and we strongly encourage prenatal yoga. It helps the muscles maintain their strength, so it is easier for them to adapt after giving birth. Prenatal yoga is designed to be both effective and safe and effective for expecting mothers.
While we've listed many styles of yoga here, there are many more to choose from! Take your time and find a style that is right for you. And before you jump into a new exercise routine, consult us so we can help you choose the best routine for you.