Your Ultimate Guide To Different Types Of Yoga
Yoga has been part of our culture since aeons. Before the West built a strong industry around various forms of yoga, it was India and its offbeat locations near the foothills of Himalaya where yoga was ardently practised to keep the mind, soul, and body healthy.
From B.K.S Iyengar to Baba Ramdev, there are various stalwarts of yoga who know this ancient practice by heart and have helped in its propagation throughout the world. Yoga in India today is synonymous with different types of yoga, like Iyengar yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga and the more modern iteration of it – power yoga.
If you have been toying with the idea of incorporating yoga at home in your workout regime, knowing the different types and how it benefits us is essential and important. Don’t know where to start; we break down the different types of yoga for you in this post.
Among the many things that this pandemic-induced lockdown has changed, one of the most obvious was how people work out. With gyms and boutique fitness studios closing down, it was the comfort of our home where we laid out our mats and tried different styles of yoga. I did! And it has been one of the most rewarding things that came out of the year 2020.
Here are a few types of yoga asanas you can try.
1. Vinyasa Yoga
Also known as ‘flow yoga’, the meaning of Vinyasa translates to ‘place in a special way’. It has been adapted from the more regimented and seasoned Ashtanga practice and emphasizes the flow of your body in alignment to your breath. Yoga is all about this. And when you start with Vinyasa yoga, you learn this important benefit of breathing in the right manner through your exercise.
Depending on the teacher or program you choose, there will be different flows to practice, but the quest to align your body’s movement with the breath will remain the same. Doing this regularly helps you calm down as it is also meditative, and both beginners and seasoned Yogis can practice it.
2. Ashtanga Yoga
In Sanskrit, the word Ashtanga means ‘eight limb path’ and this form of yoga involves learning six specific series of poses (asanas) in the right order. Originated and evolved in Mysore India under the aegis of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga yoga practice involves mastering one series of poses and gradually moving to the next one. Your Guru will ensure that you learn each series in the best manner at your own pace. Thus, Ashtanga yoga practice is not only regimented but also needs dedication like no other.
This is not for beginners and something you can come to after practising the other easier variations of yoga. It is perfect for people who want to progress on a more routine and spiritual practice.
When you do Ashtanga practice, you start with the Surya Namaskar yoga (sun salutations) to ease into the series of poses you have charted out for the day.
3. Iyengar Yoga
A classical and alignment-based yoga form, this was developed by B.K.S Iyengar in India. He came up with these yoga asanas that involve a certain level of concentration and holding out in the same posture for a longer duration. He believed that yoga is for everyone, and with this practice, he proves so. With the perfect balance of flexibility and using the right props for different postures, anyone, especially older people, can practice and align their heart, mind, and soul with Iyengar yoga.
4. Hatha Yoga
One of the most popular forms of yoga, Hatha yoga is simply an umbrella term for all the types of physical yoga postures you practice. It is a blend of exercises that focus on improving your breathing technique, hence makes for an entryway for beginners who want to go on to other forms of yoga.
It involves regulating the balancing forces of sun and moon via your practice. It is perfect for people who are looking for a gentle practice that would include every form of physical yoga.
5. Kundalini Yoga
The world Kundalini translates to ‘life force energy’ in Sanskrit, and this yoga form is all about regulating and unlocking that energy. It is believed that the life force energy is locked in the base of our spine and with careful practice, meditation and poses, this can be unlocked to ease our mind and foster positive thinking.
A usual Kundalini yoga class starts with a yoga mantra and involves meditation, chanting, doing flow practices and eventually winding down. If you are someone who wants to destress and become a more optimistic version of yourself, this type of yoga is something you would like.
6. Restorative Yoga
The favourite type of yoga because it is all about winding down and de-stressing either after a long day of work or workout. It involves placing blocks, blankets, and eye pillows as you slip into yoga nidra (guided sleep) for a few minutes. Once you have mastered or are in the process of perfecting different types of yoga poses, you can go for a few days of restorative yoga where you calm your nervous systems.
No amount of practice is complete without this essential, easy, and impactful type of yoga. Roll out your mats and hover between sleep and wake as your mind and body relax!
Before you start with any type of yoga, it is necessary to understand a few key points. Do not expect to transform your mind and soul in a month or even six months. Yoga is a slow yet powerful practice which requires years of dedication to master your mind and your chi.
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