10 Different Types Of Yoga

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World famous physical, spiritual and mental practice/discipline: Yoga originated in ancient India. The term Yoga can be derived from yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samadhau (to concentrate) .

Yoga is practiced for several reasons like to distress, relax, weight loss, inner peace and for spiritual reasons.

There are different types of yoga to practice so, it is very important to understand which type will suit you the most.

Different Types Of Yoga

Different Types Of Yoga

Bikram Yoga

It has only 26 poses and is good for the beginners. The idea behind this type is to turn up the heat until you get 105 degrees.  It is also known as “Hot Yoga”.

It’s twenty-six posture exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fibre, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as Nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well being will automatically follow.

Hatha Yoga

It focuses on slow and gentle movements and it is great type of yoga to wind down at the night. It involves a lot of breathing exercises. It can be done once back from work as it involves slow movements.

Vinyasa Yoga

It is the most popular type of yoga in the United States  and involves a variety of changing poses. It involves a lot of Sun Salutations and is best suited for the person who likes to move.

Kundalini Yoga

This type works mainly on the bast of the spine.  Expect a lot of core work on your abs and around the spine.

Ashtanga Yoga

It is also called “ Power Yoga”. It involves constant movements and is physically demanding.

Iyengar Yoga

It is known for the use of props like wooden blocks, harnesses, cushions and straps.  It is also good for people who have physical ailments.

Anusara Yoga

It focuses on looking inward, and seeing the light within yourself and others. It’s a great style for those new to yoga, as many of its poses allow the use of props for extra support, and there’s a lot of alignment and breath work.

Restorative Yoga

As the name suggests – it helps in deep relaxation at the end of hectic workday. Restorative yoga is typically practiced with props, and involves only a handful of restorative poses you’ll hold for extended periods of time — but you’ll really connect your mind with your body. Expect more poses that open the chest area for breath work and more lying down than in your typical practice.

Jivamukti Yoga

It is a type of vinyasa yoga so, is physically intense. As the name suggests it means “Liberation while living”.

Prenatal Yoga

It is the most popular type of yoga amongst the expectant mothers.  It is also good for the women who have given birth to get back into shape.   It can help get rid of the pregnancy aches.

Tips: As a beginner make sure you do not stress the body on the first sitting and also the main secret to achieve maximum benefits is to develop a routine.

For me yoga has taught me to love my body.

My confession: if I do not practice yoga for days I feel low and get mood swings. The day I get back to yoga I get inner peace and happiness. Icing on the cake: my skin starts glowing 🙂

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Can Yoga help loose weight. I read in on net that it helps make you positive and adds to flexibility but does not aid weight loss. Please help

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