“It’s a practice of the body, a physical practice that balances these two energies. So, in reality, it is all hatha yoga,” Vilella says. Best for: Beginners. Because of its slower pace, hatha is a great class if you’re just starting your yoga practice. Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time.
Active, intense styles of yoga help you burn the most calories. This may help prevent weight gain. … While restorative yoga isn’t an especially physical type of yoga, it still helps in weight loss. One study found that restorative yoga was effective in helping overweight women to lose weight, including abdominal fat. It is possible to learn yoga by yourself, but you have to learn the poses, pose names, the flows, and the correct alignment. … Watch a few YouTube videos in that style of yoga to learn a few pose names and potentially a few alignment cues. Video tape yourself doing a few poses and get feedback from experienced yogis.