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Which Type of Yoga Is Best for You?

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Hatha

Good for: Beginners

Poses are straightforward, and the pace unhurried. "You do a pose, come out of it, then do another," explains Mark Stephens, author of Teaching Yoga. "It's an excellent style for beginners." Props like blocks and bolsters are often used to help you get the right alignment.

But it's not just about the body, as your teacher will also encourage you to focus on breathing, relaxation, and meditation (which may involve chanting). This mindfulness has real-world benefits: A study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that women who practice Hatha yoga once or twice a week recover from stress faster than those who don't.

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