Last time, we talked briefly about the benefits of yoga. Today we’re going to go over some of the most common yoga styles. There are many out there to choose from, but let’s give you a little idea of what each style of yoga entails. Then you can determine which one is the best fit for you!
This kind of yoga is considered one of the most common types of yoga. It that focuses on alignment, breathing and performing precise poses. This type of yoga often incorporates props such as straps or blocks to help beginners. Props help new students relax and become more comfortable while holding various different positions.
This type of yoga is often referred to as power yoga and is known for its powerful movements like lunges and pushups, which focus on building stamina and strength. This challenging form of yoga is most often practiced by athletes on the quest for better balance and concentration.
If you are looking for a more spiritual style of yoga, then Bhakti Yoga is the right one for you. This kind of yoga teaches its practitioners respect for life, nature, and creation. It also teaches the importance of treating others with kindness and generosity.
This is a common form of yoga that emphasizes physical postures or exercises, known as asanas. The goal is to create balance in one’s life.
This style of yoga involves the practice of deep contemplation. It is a quest for wisdom through meditation with the ultimate goal of being one with God.
The philosophy of this form of yoga teaches that “yesterday’s actions determine today’s circumstances.” Practitioners of Karma yoga make a conscious decision to perform selfless acts of kindness. By making today’s actions positive, they hope they can improve tomorrow’s circumstances for both themselves and others.
This style of yoga is known in India as ‘road to reintegration’. It blends the 4 layers of self; the body, individual consciousness, individual subconsciousness, and the universal infinite consciousness. The main focus of this kind of yoga is on the mind and spirit with an emphasis on meditation.
Similar to Hatha yoga, Tantra yoga involves the practitioners to seek balance in their lives and to break free from the 6 enemies. They are physical longing, anger, greed, vanity, obsession, and jealousy. They also focus on breaking free from the 8 fetters. Those are hatred, apprehension, fear, shyness, hypocrisy, pride of ancestry, vanity of culture, and egotism. The practitioners of this style of yoga use discipline, training, and rituals to overcome both of these hindrances.
This style of yoga is often referred to as hot yoga. It involves practicing yoga postures in rooms heated to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). The belief behind this type of yoga is that postures are easier to attain and hold. Another benefit of this kind of yoga is that it warms up your muscles to help reduce the risk of injury. If you have a health condition, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before attempting this form or any form of yoga.
The premise behind this type of yoga is that becoming aware of your breath is key. Practitioners learn to use their breathing abilities in different ways. They also use chants, meditation, and postures designed to awaken energy at your spine’s base and drawing it upward through the 7 chakras. The 7 chakras are Muladhara (root chakra), Svadhishthana (sacral chakra), Manipura (solar plexus chakra), Anahata (heart chakra), Vishuddha (throat chakra), Ajna (third eye chakra) and Sahasrara (crown chakra).
This is perhaps the most individualized form of yoga, It involves working closely with an instructor who will customize your workouts designed for your special needs. Vinyasa yoga is one of my favorite yoga styles along with Bikram yoga. All of the poses flow smoothly with each other. Right after a workout, this style of yoga is perfect because it relaxes and stretches my muscles out nicely!
Before deciding on which style of yoga is best for you, it’s a good idea to consider your fitness level, physical and spiritual goals as well as your overall health condition. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider first before starting any yoga practice.
Keep a look out for the next post where we will be talking about the practice of good yoga posture.
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