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What’s Your Favorite Yoga Style?

By July 11, 2018 5 Comments

Today we’re going to go over some of the most common yoga styles.

There are many different forms of yoga out there.

If you are new to yoga, you may not even know which yoga style is the best for you.

Learning the different kinds of yoga styles that are out there can help you narrow down which one is the best for you.

Once you learn more about these styles, find a class near you and try out each one of these styles to see which one you like.

I truly enjoy power yoga and vinyasa flow.

Vinsaya is the movement and breathing that is used to cleanse your body internally.

Let’s learn more about this amazing practice and the different styles that are entailed in it!

Iyengar Yoga

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The founder of Iyengar yoga was Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar.

This style of yoga focuses on the body’s ailment along with your breathing.

Blocks, straps and other yoga accessories are used to help you achieve the correct posture for each pose that you perform throughout this practice.

This style of yoga is great for beginners because of the use of props.

This will help them to relax and ease their way into each pose easier.

If you are super new to yoga, this may be a great style for you to start out with.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

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This style of yoga was created by  K Pattabhi Jois and was created as a modern-day version of classical Indian yoga.

It is often referred to as power yoga due to its powerful movements like lunges and pushups, which focus on building stamina and strength in the body.

Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a challenging form of yoga.

Many athletes practice this style of yoga due to it helping them improve their balance, coordination, and concentration.

If you are more advanced in your yoga practice, definitely give this style a try!

Bhakti Yoga

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If you are looking for a more spiritual style of yoga, 🙏🏾 then Bhakti Yoga is the right one for you.

Bhakti means devotion to the Almighty.

This style of yoga deals with devotion to God and achieving unity with Him.

It does not require any technical or complicated procedures.

The beauty of this yoga style lies in its simplicity.

The practitioners of this form of yoga, believe in a power that has the capacity to confer grace and mercy as well as protection from all harm and evil.

The ultimate goal of this style of yoga is for the practitioner to unite with God and rest eternally in happiness and peace.

The devotee surrenders all his motives and acts to His Divine Power.

This style is one of the spiritual practices of Hindus along with Jnana yoga and Karma yoga.

Bhakti yoga teaches you to respect life, nature,🌳🌸🍁 and creation.🐿 🐄

Life, nature, and creation itself are not only a work of art, but it is sacred… a special gift for us all to enjoy and cherish.

This style of yoga also stresses the importance of treating others with kindness and generosity.

By doing this, it spreads more kindness, love, ❤️and joy into the world.🌎

Following this yoga style, develops a peace of mind that only those who practice this form of yoga can really experience.

A peaceful individual will always (or strive to always) think happy, positive, prosperous thoughts and will thus lead a happy and prosperous life.

Hatha Yoga

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To break down the meaning of hatha, ‘ha’ means sun☀️ and ‘tha’ means moon.🌙

Hatha yoga means to…

Bring balance to the sun and the moon that is inside of you.

This is a pretty common form of yoga where it emphasizes physical poses or exercises, known as asanas.

Some asanas poses include tree pose, mountain, downward facing dog, cobbler, seated forward bend, bridge, and child’s pose.

The goal of hatha yoga is to relax your body, mind, and spirit all while creating balance in your life.

Jnana Yoga

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This style of yoga is one of several spiritual paths in Hinduism known as the path of self-realization.

It involves deep contemplation requiring strong willpower and intellect.

Jnana yoga uses the mind to transcend its own identification through thoughts and ego.

The main goal of this style of yoga is to let go of your thoughts and perceptions and to achieve union with your inner self along with the oneness of life.

It is a quest for wisdom through meditation with the ultimate goal of being one with God.

Through the consistent practice of mental techniques of self- questioning and reflecting this can be achieved.

Karma Yoga

Karma yoga is one of the other spiritual paths in Hinduism and is called the path of unselfish action.

The philosophy of this form of yoga teaches that…

Yesterday’s actions determine today’s circumstances.

Those who practice 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.

Imagine if everyone in the world practiced this style of yoga just for a day and how much kinder the world would be that day.

Raja Yoga

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This style of yoga refers to the goal of yoga which is to lead you to experience the natural state of calm, peace and serenity.

It blends the 4 layers of the self in this yoga form.

  • The body
  • Individual consciousness
  • Individual subconsciousness
  • Universal infinite consciousness.

The main focus of this kind of yoga is on the mind🧠 and spirit🙏🏾 with an emphasis on meditation.🧘🏾‍♀️

Tantra Yoga

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This style of yoga is very similar to Hatha yoga.

Tantra yoga involves seeking balance in your life and to break free from what is known as the 6 enemies.

These include:

  • Physical longing
  • Anger
  • Greed
  • Vanity
  • Obsession
  • Jealousy

It also focuses on getting rid of what is known as the 8 fetters.

These include:

  • Hatred
  • Apprehension
  • Fear
  • Shyness
  • Hypocrisy
  • Pride of ancestry
  • Vanity of culture
  • Egotism

The 6 enemies and the 8 fetters are considered hindrances that can be eliminated from one’s life through this yoga style.

Tantra yoga does this through self-discipline, training, and meditation.

This may be a great style of yoga for you to try if you struggle with any of these in your life.

Bikram Yoga

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This style of yoga is often referred to as hot yoga.🔥

It involves practicing different yoga poses in a room heated to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius).

The belief behind heating up the room to such a high temperature🔥 is so your body warms up quicker.

This would allow you to perform each yoga pose easier without running the risk of injury.

I have not tried this form of yoga yet, but I love power yoga which is performed in a heated room as well, but not as high of a temperature as Bikram.

If you have a health condition, be sure to check with your physician👩🏾‍⚕️ before attempting this form or any form of yoga.

Kundalini Yoga

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The goal of this style of yoga is to become more aware of your breath.

Breathing correctly is key to any form of yoga.

If your breathing is off, it could be harder for you to perform each yoga pose.

Those who practice kundalini yoga learn to use their breathing abilities in different ways.

They also use chants, meditation, and poses designed to awaken and energize your spine and drawing it upward through the 7 chakras.

  1. Muladhara (root chakra)
  2. Svadhishthana (sacral chakra)
  3. Manipura (solar plexus chakra)
  4. Anahata (heart chakra)
  5. Vishuddha (throat chakra)
  6. Ajna (third eye chakra)
  7. Sahasrara (crown chakra)

Vinyasa Yoga

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This is perhaps the most individualized form of yoga.

It involves working closely with an instructor who will customize your workouts for your special needs.

They will show different modifications of poses to help you perform them easier if you have tight hamstrings, hips or if you are not really flexible.

Vinyasa yoga is one of my favorite yoga styles along with power yoga.

All of the poses flow smoothly with each other and you can just feel the flow of energy⚡️ that moves through your body as well.

This style of yoga becomes effortless as you continue to practice it.

Right after a workout, this style of yoga is perfect because it relaxes and stretches your muscles out nicely as well!

To Wrap Things Up…

Many yoga classes out there combine many of these different styles of yoga into one class without you even realizing it.

You can really get a taste of each style of yoga in one class and improve in your practice very quickly because of it.

Before trying out any style of yoga, 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 physician 👩🏾‍⚕️ first before starting any yoga practice.

To finding your new favorite yoga style,

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Morgan Green

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