Different Types of Yoga
When you are looking for: types of yoga on the internet, you should be ready for the bombardment of information: Hatha, Bikram, Iyengar, Kundalini, nidra, Anusara, Ashtanga and inevitably it happens very often to each of you, that you continue with the same mental mess. See if I can shed some light on this.
First of all, regardless of the style of yoga you choose to practice, the postures are the same. What changes is the dynamics of practice? For example, the dog’s downward posture or Idaho muka svanasana will always be the same in one type of yoga. Starting from this, here you have the best-known types of yoga, so you choose the one you like best and suits your needs:
- HATHA YOGA
Hatha yoga is more classic. Its origin is in Patanjali’s Yoga Stripe and other classical texts such as Bhagavad Gita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It Refers to any yoga that teaches physical postures. When a class is marketed as “hatha yoga,” it usually means that you will be shown a gentle introduction to most basic yoga postures. “Ha” means (sun) and ”tha” means (Moon). Some define it as the Yoga of the Union of mind, body, and spirit.
- VINYASA YOGA
“Vin-yah-sah” is the Sanskrit word for “flow.” This is the dynamic transition from one posture to another, combining them with conscious breathing. In vinyasa, breathing and movement are combined. The intensity of the practice may be similar to Ashtanga. However, the sequence may change from class to class.
- ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA
Based on ancient teachings, popularized and driven west by Pattabhi Jois in the 1970s. Rigorous yoga style that follows a specific sequence of postures and is similar to Vinyasa Yoga, as both styles link each movement to breathing. Almost all classes are Mysore style in which the teacher corrects, adjusts and tells you if you can move on to the next position. There are four series. Always the same postures are made in each of the series and the same order. When you get to do a show, you can move on to the next one. Yoga is more dynamic and requires more strength and endurance.
- JIVAMUKTI YOGA
It is a vinyasa style that was born by Sharon Gannon and David Life, apprentices of Master Asthangi Pattabhi Jois. Jivamukti Yoga is a path to liberation through compassion towards all beings. It means in Sanskrit ” liberation in life,” it is a practical philosophy that teaches how spiritual values can help us to live the challenges of each day with more joy, compassion, and positivism. Very dynamic and energizing classes that combine the study of the philosophy of yoga and meditation.
- ROCKET YOGA
It is a style of vinyasa yoga developed by Larry Schultz, which also comes from Asthanga yoga. It is a combination of the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga, including some postures of the third and fourth series. In Rocket yoga classes, there are many balances on arms.
Developed and popularized by B. K. S. Iyengar. His style is the most accurate. Postures are taught from the perfect alignment of the body and are held for several breaths. Here are used a lot of yoga accessories such as blocks, blankets, belts, etc. Physically and mentally challenging. If you have a chronic injury or illness, Iyengar is probably the best option to make sure you get the instruction you need.
It is the yoga of the consciousness of the higher self. The kundalini energy, known as the serpent’s power, is asleep and when activated, it awakens from the first chakra located in the perineum, allowing the Yogi to control life and death. This type of yoga seeks through the energy of the spine, balance the chakras, and clean the nadis (energy channels). What is most emphasized in this practice is breathing concerning physical movement. It is ideal for people who have stress and need to get down from pulsations their life. It helps you to connect with your body and mind.
- BIKRAM YOGA
Created by the Indian guru and billionaire Bikram Choudhury. It is a sequence of 26 asanas and 2 pranayamas (breathing) exercises, practiced in a room at 40 degrees of temperature.
- HOT YOGA
It is also practiced in a room at 40 degrees of temperature but does not follow the sequence of Bikram postures, so the name has to be different.
- RESTORATIVE YOGA
A passive way to relax and calm nerves. Yoga is more therapeutic. Try to reach the most profound state of relaxation and comfort by using supports (blocks, blankets, belts) to make the recreation higher and to “release and loosen” more our body. The body can experience the benefits of a yoga posture without having to exert any effort. More rejuvenating than a nap.
- YOGA FOR CHILDREN
Great for calming, the most restless and for the timidest to develop their self-esteem. Good also to learn to respect.
- YOGA FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Ideal for pregnancy to be as conscious as possible and for health the future baby. Every day more types of yoga arise, trying to adapt to all the needs of the society in which we live. Yoga is for everyone. A complete Yoga class must integrate physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayamas) and a work of connection with your inner self that is reached through relaxation and meditation.