There are many different Yoga types and practices out there. There are physically demanding classes, more relaxed classes or deeper meditative classes, whichever one is searching for, it is never far away. Variations in practice and technique may differ depending on the teacher and the origin of their training.
Below are 10 of the main Yoga practices and styles.
Hatha yoga classes are known for being the best for beginners since they can be noticeably slower in pace than other yoga styles. Hatha classes are the classic approach to breathing and exercises.
Iyengar yoga focuses primarily on alignment as well as intricate and precise movements. In Iyengar yoga, one would perform a variety of postures while controlling the breath. Iyengar relies heavily on props to help students perfect their form and go deeper into poses in a safe manner. This style is really great for people with injuries who prefer to work slowly and methodically.
This yoga practice is both spiritual and physical. The style centres around releasing the kundalini energy in one’s body which is said to be trapped or coiled within the lower spine. This style incorporates breathing with fast-moving and invigorating postures. The Kundalini style is intense and can involve chanting, mantra, and meditation.
Ashtanga translates from Sanskrit as “the Eight Limb path.” Ashtanga yoga, like Kundalini yoga, requires a physically demanding sequence of postures. Ashtanga begins with five sun salutation A’s and five sun salutation B’s and then transitions into a series of standing and floor postures. Ashtanga yoga has a flowing style linking breath to movement.
Jivamukti yoga is a vinyasa flow-style with incorporated Hindu spiritual teachings. Chanting normally opens the beginning of a class followed by a series of poses that align with the five known tenets of Jivamukti yoga and philosophy. This style is fused with a connection to Earth and see’s it as being a living entity, therefore, most Jivamukti followers promote and live by a vegetarian philosophy.
Anusara is known as a modern-day version of hatha yoga. Similar to vinyasa in the way that it focuses on alignment but with more focus on the mind-body-heart connection. Anusara focuses on spirals and how each body part should be moving. Anusara emphasises the heart chakra opening.
Prenatal yoga has been adapted for pregnant women. Some say that prenatal yoga is one of the best types of exercise for Mother’s who are expecting due to the pelvic floor work which is involved in the practice. Along with breathing and bonding with the baby, prenatal yoga is also said to help mothers prepare for the labor and delivery of their child.
Vinyasa means “to place in a special way”. Vinyasa yoga is known as being the most athletic yoga style. Vinyasa stems from the practices of Ashtanga yoga. Vinyasa yoga coordinates the movement with ones breath and movement to flow through to one pose and then through to another. Many types of yoga can also be considered to include Vinyasa flows such as Ashtanga, prana and power yoga.
Bikram yoga is named after Bikram Choudhury and contains a sequence of poses in a sauna-like environment. The temperature would normally be set to 105 degrees at 40 percent humidity. The sequences typically include a set of 26 postures, with each one being performed twice.
Yin yoga is a slower paced style of yoga which has seated postures that are held for longer periods of time compared to other yoga styles. Yin can be practiced by beginners aswell as full time yogi’s. Positions are to be held between 45 seconds and 2 minutes. Yin yoga can also be approached as a meditative yoga that assists one in finding inner peace. The classes are mostly relaxed as gravity does most of the work.