Due to the fact that yoga has been present for more than thousand years it has been seen that many variations of yoga can be found now. This article aims at informing about the general concept of yoga and the different types so that you can figure out which one matches your needs the most.
Postures and breathing are the focus of all yogic disciplines, but some have other foci as well or perform the breathing and postures in a certain way to generate the desired goal or effect. Vinyasa style yoga, for example, flows from one posture to the next with a focus on rhythmic breathing. Quick, focused, and not for the beginner, Vinyasa style yoga includes types like Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Jivamukti, Kali Ray TriYoga, and White Lotus.
Iyengar style yoga, on the other hand, is much slower and focused more on fully experiencing each pose and each breath to its fullest potential. Deep intent on the details of each movement helps the practitioner experience a peace and relaxation throughout the mind and body. Props can be used to help beginners and those with disabilities hold poses.
Yoga initially began as a form of religious exercise which had its motive on complete relaxation and peace and even today there are some forms of yoga can be found which can be used to achieve this same motive and attain spirituality. Different religions have different forms of yoga. Non-Denominational forms can be found in exploring certain forms such as Integral, Ananda, Kundalini, ISHTA, Kripalu, Anusara, Sivananda Yoga and Tibetan.
A particular form of yoga known as ‘hatha’ we may come across which is a mixture of different types of yoga. It basically focuses on achieving a balance between thoughtful and forceful poses. This form is especially popular in the West and is very popular among beginners.
Don’t hold back! So many different variations of yoga are present that it is possible to try out as many as we want and definitely not stick to one type initially. We should make use of classes which are available and decide the one which matches to our needs.
Author: Gary PearsonThis author has published 27 articles so far.