Yoga is a yoga practice that has been around for thousands of years. Doing yoga is a good way to be strong and healthy. It can also make you feel better mentally too. Yoga involves poses (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama).
Do you know, there are many different types of yoga? You can choose a style that is either demanding or easier and more relaxing. Make sure you try out different styles before you decide on one that is your favorite. Remember, there are different ways teachers teach yoga. You can try one out to see if they are better than others. Lineages are not as important today as they used to be. But if you like traditional yoga, read this before going into a class.
There are different types of yoga practices that might interest you, but which one is the right fit?
Let us go over some common types of yoga below so you know what type will work best for you.
- Vinyasa Yoga: The word “vinyasa” means “to place especially.” Vinyasa Yoga is a type of yoga that many people think is the most athletic type. This yoga was adapted from Ashtanga yoga in the 1980s. Many types of yoga are also vinyasa flows, such as ashtanga, power yoga and prana. In vinyasa classes, you coordinate your movement with your breath and move from one pose to another. Vinyasa styles can change depending on the teacher. You might do lots of different poses in many sequences.
- Hatha Yoga: The Sanskrit word “Hatha” is an umbrella term for all physical postures of yoga. In the West, hatha yoga means other styles of yoga that are always grounded to a physical practice. Hatha yoga classes are for people who are beginners. They usually go slow and sometimes you can do breathing exercises in them. If you want to do yoga, then try hatha first to see if it’s for you.
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- Kundalini Yoga: This is a type of yoga where you release energy that is being trapped in your body. This type of practice is both spiritual and physical. This type of yoga works your core and breathing with fast postures. It is pretty intense and can involve chanting, mantras, and meditation. To know more, why don’t you have a look at this video?
- Ashtanga Yoga: Ashtanga Yoga: In Sanskrit, ashtanga means “Eight Limb Path.” In Mysore, India, people practice this type of yoga together. You should know the sequence if you see someone who is teaching ashtanga. Vinyasa yoga came from ashtanga when it became a flowing style where movements get linked to breathing. Ashtanga yoga is not for beginners. This type of yoga involves a lot of physical movement, so it is best for experienced people. Ashtanga starts with sun salutations and then moves on to standing and floor work.
- Jivamukti: Jivamukti was taught by two people in 1984. It’s a type of yoga with spiritual teachings from Hinduism. At its core, Jivamukti teaches you to connect with all living things on Earth, so most people follow the vegetarian diet that goes along with it. Do you know, Jivamukti proponents are vegetarians?
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