You’ve probably heard that yoga’s great for slashing stress levels, building strength and getting toned triceps like Jennifer Aniston. But did you know there’s an even bigger benefit? A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that guys who practised yoga for 12 weeks tripled the length of time they lasted in bed –from 7.3 minutes to 22. Om-azing! So now you just need to find the style of yoga that suits you best.
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Most yoga styles are rooted in hatha yoga - it’s yoga’s physical discipline that focuses on developing control of the body through asanas or poses. In Sanskrit, ha represents sun and tha represents moon. So hatha represents the duality in life — yin and yang, masculine and feminine, darkness and light. It leads the way to balancing these opposing forces.
As well as being the yoga of physical well-being Hatha can give you a mental boost. In a recent study by York University in Canada, women who did two 75-minute sessions of hatha yoga for eight weeks reported better moods and reduced stress. It’s also a great entry point for yoga virgins as the moves aren’t too tricky.
Ashtanga, which means ‘eight limbs’ in Sanskrit, is fast-paced and intense. You perform a set series of poses, always in the same order. It’s athletic and physically demanding because you’re constantly moving from one pose to the next - called ‘flow’ – so it’s great for increasing fitness.
Research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning found athletic yoga increases your running time, builds strength and maximises your vertical jump height. This style helps counteract the repetitive motions you do which can lead to ‘overuse injuries’.
(Classes called Dynamic Yoga are based on the flowing style of Ashtanga, but won’t necessarily keep strictly to the set Ashtanga series of poses.)
In Kundalini yoga the emphasis is on your breath, in conjunction with your physical movement. It aims to free energy in your lower body and allow it to move upwards. Controlling your breath is important in all yoga practices but in Kundalini exploring the effects of the breath – or ‘prana’ meaning energy – on your postures is fundamental.
Iyengar yoga focuses on body alignment - the precise way in which you should position your body in each pose to get the maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar classes involve holding poses for long periods, instead of moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). This style of yoga can also involve the use of props like yoga blankets, blocks and straps to bring your body into alignment. These support your body to instantly release muscle tension – and letting go physically encourages the mind to do the same.
‘Yogalates’ combines Pilates moves with traditional yoga practise in a powerful toning and conditioning workout, while willPower & grace® includes some yoga moves in a barefoot class that frees your mind, improves your flexibility and boosts your cardio system.
And with ‘Baby and Me Yoga’ parents can bond with their babies, getting all the benefits of yoga in a gentle but effective workout.
So that’s it - we’ve demystified the different yoga styles for you. Now you can pick the best one to rev up your body, mind – and even your sex life.