Ok, so I have been praticing yoga for over 10 years now and I am a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor but I do still feel like a beginner and feel that I have a lot to learn. That is one of the beauties of the realm of yoga , you can always go deeper and deeper.
Recently I became interested in the Hatha, ashtanga practice because while I was doing Kundalini which is mostly seating and meditation I also ran and did heavy cardio work but I injured my foot with plantar fascitis so I cant do it anymore…
So I discovered ashtanga which incorporates heavy physical work in a moving meditation and I am loving how instense it is and how concentrated you have to be in order to hold the poses! Talk about being in the present moment!
Also it has helped me be more stable in meditation because the physical asanas of yogas are meant to prepare our body for meditation ( not for a beautiful handstand photo for instagram ) . All types of yoga help the channels ( nadis, meridians) flow correctly so our energy and brain signals do not get interrupted and we can function at our 100% in life. Because our body is the only permanent possesion we have in this life. So we have to take care of it .
The thing is that with the myriad of yoga styles there is out there one can get confused but the thing is to chose the one that calls to you at the moment of your life , just to have 60-90 mins ( typical duration of yoga classes) of consciouss movement and breath will change your life. Do it try it , do not take my word but experiment it yourself.
That could be kundalini, ashtanga, hatha, javamukti … they all work wonders
Here is a link to a research done on the benefits of 8 weeks of yoga