A Beginner’s Guide to Different Types of Yoga.
Yoga, having originated in India, is practised worldwide by millions of Yogis. Little is it known that there are many different forms of Yoga and each of them has a different set of benefits & a distinct set of practitioners. Here is a guide to the different types of Yoga :
1 . Hatha Yoga – Hatha Yoga is the mother of all Yoga practices & includes its physical aspects. It is a slow-paced form that does not follow a particular flow. It gently inducts a beginner into the practice of Yoga & also acts as a great means to unwind. It follows the techniques of breathing, postures ie asanas, meditation & relaxation.
2. Vinyasa Yoga – This form requires coordination of breath & movement to create a flow of postures or asanas with supposedly smooth transitions from one to the other. This style can be used with daily simple exercises like Surya Namaskar, seated poses, balancing poses & backbends to end with savasana.
3. Iyengar Yoga – This form of yoga focuses on alignment. Each pose & posture of this form is intense and has been held for a long time & expanded as you breathe. A lot of props get involved in this form like straps, blocks & blankets.
4. Bikram Yoga – This form of Yoga is also called Hot Yoga. It is usually done in a room heated to 40 degrees Celsius with 40% humidity that will make you sweat hard. It basically involves the practice of Vinyasa Yoga but in hot & sweaty conditions. It involves a flow of 26 postures that stimulate every part of the body.
5. Ashtanga Yoga – A contemporary form of the traditional form of yoga, Ashtanga Yoga is also called Power Yoga. This form of yoga also interlinks movements with breath but with the difference that its movements are not defined. With gradual progression, every asana is practised with inversion.
6. Jivamukti Yoga – This form of yoga has become a way of life for its practitioners which involves all, spiritual, ethical & physical aspects. It preaches the importance of being conscious about the environment & being kind to all beings.
7. Kundalini Yoga – Rooted in the concept of chakras this form of yoga focuses on breathing & core work ie pranayama. It tries to make you more aware of your mind & body by making you feel the flow of energy in you. This form also includes a lot of meditation, chanting, mudras & breathing from your core.
8. Anusara Yoga – This form of yoga is a spiritual form of yoga that is relatively new, upbeat & aims at making you find the light within yourself. It takes you on a whirlwind, soul searching journey using alignment & breathing routines. All these articles are both mentally & physically challenging.
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