What is the most difficult type of yoga for beginners? This is a question that is highly subjective, as each person's individual struggles will vary. However, some of the most commonly classified as “difficult” types of yoga are Ashtanga, Bikram, Power Vinyasa, Rocket and Yin Yoga. Ashtanga yoga follows a specific sequence of poses, and Bikram yoga is similar in this regard. In addition to the challenge of following the sequence, Bikram classes are held in a room with a temperature of 95 to 108 °F (35 to 42 °C).
Rocket Yoga also begins with greetings to the sun, followed by the crow pose and the forearm pose without much warm-up. This can be quite challenging for those who are not used to it. Yin Yoga is different from the other styles mentioned here in that it is not as physically demanding. However, it can still be difficult for those who do not have an established meditation practice or who are used to a highly stimulating practice that does not give them time to think about other things.
For those who are just starting out with yoga, there are some styles that may be less overwhelming. It is important to find an experienced instructor who has at least a 200-hour teaching certificate from a teacher training program accredited by the Yoga Alliance. Downward Dog is used in most yoga practices and classes and stretches and strengthens the entire body. This pose can be quite difficult for beginners, but with practice and proper form it can be mastered.
Yoga has many benefits and can improve your life in so many ways. With the right instructor and practice, you can learn to do yoga poses safely and reap all of the rewards that come with it.