Just as dynamic and strenuous forms of yoga can be detrimental to beginners, forms that are not dynamic or challenging enough can be equally as detrimental for the more experienced practitioner, with the possibility of over-stretching in certain asanas and causing injury. Here are the best types of yoga for the more experienced:
Vinyasa Yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga, especially amongst veteran yogis. Vinyasa links movement and breath to create a dance-like flow. It is fast-moving and the asanas are rarely ever held, which is why it is helpful to have first practised Hatha or Yin Yoga, for a deeper understanding of the asanas.
Kundalini Yoga has become increasingly popular throughout the years, especially with celebrities. This form of yoga does not closely resemble others, as there is a greater attention given to the breathing (Kundalini Live), as well as the inclusion of various chants, singing and meditation. Kundalini is a highly spiritual practice, with the goal of releasing the hidden energy inside you and evolving to a higher level of both internal and external awareness.
Bikram Yoga is limited to a series of 26 poses which remain the same in each class. There are also 2 breathing exercises which are repeated throughout the 90 minute routine. Adequate hydration is key when practising Bikram Yoga, as the main difference with this style is that it is undertaken in a room that is heated to just over 100 degrees, with just under 50% humidity. The practise is dynamic and, coupled with the heat, can be quite hard on the body. It is for this reason that you must make sure to pause when necessary. For most, however, the heat can help their body’s suppleness, spurring them in to a deeper stretch.