So you want to try yoga? But not sure what type is for you? Or are you getting all confused with all the yoga lingo?
Read, below and let us help you out! We will explain the different types and different disciplines of yoga….
There are many different types of yoga, each originating from various sources. Each type can have different benefits, so if one type doesn’t work for you, try another!
Different Types of Yoga
• Anusara Yoga: A discipline of yoga founded by John Friend in 1997, it is very welcoming almost like team or community and has a very uplifting and element to it. It focuses on alignment, breathing and a lot of self reflection and looking inwardly while also connecting with a higher power.
• Ashtanga Yoga: Also know as Power Yoga, this is a very challenging and very physical type of yoga. Used by many ex-athletes and for those looking to get toned and muscular. It is also great way to get your cardio in!
• Bikram Yoga: Also know as Hot Yoga, because according to it’s founder Bikram Choudhury it should be practiced at 40 degrees Celsius or 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is great for getting the body flexible, preventing injuries and for detoxification purposes. Bikram Yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga and is great for beginners because it has only 26 positions. There is a lot of focus on alignment and concentration.
• Hatha Yoga: A type of yoga that is easy to learn and also great for beginners. It focuses on a lot of breathing work and slow paced exercises. The exercises are usually gentle and relaxed, it can be used to calm down, focus your energies and relieve the stress of a hard day.
• Iyengar Yoga: This form of yoga was developed by B.K.S Iyengar a yoga master almost 65 years ago. Iyengar yoga uses a lot of equipment such as blocks, cushions, elastic straps and harnesses. This discipline is very focused on alignment and perfect for anybody especially those in physical therapy.
• Jivamutki Yoga: This type of yoga is mainly practiced in New York City and was developed by Sharon Gannon and David Life. An almost more spiritual and ethical approach to yoga and is very diverse. A typical class can include chanting, music, and reading from different scriptures. Practitioners are usually vegetarians, non-violent and meditate regularly.
• Kundalini Yoga: Kundalini yoga focuses on the energy that surrounds the base of the spine and the main goal is to release the energy and draw it upwards into your life. This form of yoga focuses on a lot of core, abs and areas surrounding the spine.
• Restorative Yoga: Pretty much as it sounds, it a restorative approach to your body. It is a great way to connect the mind to the body and is a very passive approach to yoga. It is usually practiced with props such as yoga blocks and yoga bolsters, great for calming down the mind at the end of the day. There is a lot of time spent lying on blocks, relaxing and slowly restoring your body and mind.
• Vinyasa Yoga: Also know as Flow or Vinyasa Flow is a discipline that focuses on the coordination between breathing and movement. Vinyasa is very physical and movements to different poses happen often. Vinyasa is a very dynamic form of yoga, where the Sun Salutations are often practiced.
• White Lotus Yoga: Much like Ashatanga or Power Yoga but with a higher focus on breath work and meditation.
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