14 Different Styles Of Yoga,
Learn which one is best for you?
Do you want to join a yoga class yet you feel overwhelmed with the wide range of styles to choose from?
Knowing what style best suits you helps to understand how each style is different. Here are 14 more popular styles which will give you more understanding and knowledge in making that decision to join the best class for you.
Have you thought yeah i want to try a yoga class and you walked into the wrong class? A good example is, if you were not very physical and have not exercised for a while and you attended an ashtanga vinyasa class you might be turned off for life.You would then think all yoga classes are like that experience.Ashtanga vinyasa requires great physical strength, and for more it will kick your butt, and leave some flat on the floor not feeling great about them selfs. Its all about education, learning how the different styles attract different kind of person and body type.
We hope this information on some more popular styles of asana will assist you in making a wise choice that is best suites your mind, body and soul.
The first 5 styles have originated in India , and then the following were created by the west.
1) Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga is the root all of styles of yoga. Ha means “Sun” and tha means, “moon”. Hatha yoga influences our two sides of the brain to merge from the opposite to the harmony of oneness. The focus in the asana is combined with breath control. Classes consist of holding poses longer and focus on breath awareness. These classes incorporate the mind, body and spirit, through the various practices with are Asanas, ( postures) Pranayama ( breathing) and Kriyas, ( internal cleansing) and Mantras, ( Nada Yoga) It’s more of a Yin influenced practice, which means more soft. This kind of practice is accessible for all body types.
2) Shivanada Yoga
This style is based on hatha yoga and emphasizes on 12 basic postures to increase strength, and flexibility of the spine. Chanting, pranayama, and meditation are also included, helping students to release stress and blocked energy. There are over 80 centers all over the world. At its core, Sivananda Yoga is geared toward helping students answer the age-old question “Who am I?” This yoga practice is based on the philosophy of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, who taught disciples to “serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realize.” In order to achieve this goal, Sivananda advocated a path that would recognize and synthesize each level of the human experience including the intellect, heart, body, and mind.
3) Ashtanga Vinyasa
Ashtanga, also known as Ashtanga Vinyasa was founded by Pattabhi Jois. This systematic set of movements in combination of breathe, and body are very physically demanding, and recommended for those who are already very physically fit and require a lot of muscular energy .
Vinyasa means breathing and movement system. For each movement there is one breath. The purpose for this method is for internal cleansing. Combining breathe and body movement together. Sweat is part of the class that is important by product of vinyasa, because it is only through sweat that disease leaves the body and purification occurs.
4) Iyengar Yoga
B.S Iyengar created a style of yoga that focuses primarily on alignment. He taught into his 80 years young. He taught thousands of students from all over the world, encouraging them to penetrate deeper into the experience of each pose. In an Iyengar class, poses (especially standing postures) are typically held much longer than in other schools of yoga, so that practitioners can pay close attention to the precise muscular and skeletal alignment this system demands. Also the use of props, including belts, chairs, blocks, and blankets, to help accommodate any special needs such as injuries or structural imbalances. Iyengar yoga can be great for physical therapy.
5) Kundalini Yoga
“Kundalini” refers to the energy that is stored in the of Root Chakra, which surrounds the area around your lower spine and moves like that of a serpent. One may have a Kundalini awakening after regular practice of this style. Each class always includes a combination of breathing, mantras, and repetition or holding a movement for a 2-5 min. At times this practice can be intense The primary objective is to awaken the full potential of human awareness in each individual; that is, recognize our awareness, refine that awareness, and expand that awareness to our unlimited Self.
6) Vini Yoga
In this gentle practice, created by T.K.V. Desikachar, poses are synchronized with the breath in sequences determined by the needs of the practitioner, Viniyoga is a methodology for developing an integrated practice for each person’s needs as they grow and change.
As we travel through life, it’s no mystery that we are constantly evolving on all levels—physically, emotionally, and intellectually. So classes are more individually tailored to what is needed by each individual. Viniyoga, in fact, is an empowering and transformative practice .
7) Vinyasa Yoga
Commonly called “Vinyasa flow” or just “flow”, you’ll definitely be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. Other than starting with a sun salutation, no two classes will be alike. It’s the most popular style of yoga in America.
8) Bikram Yoga
Get ready to practice yoga in 105 degree heat and in 40% humidity — hot! Though Bikram only has 26 poses and there’s lots of alignment work so it might be a good fit for beginners or those who are only wanting to focus on the physical as this is the only focus.
9) Anusara Yoga
Founded in 1997 by John Friend, Anusara is epitomized by “the celebration of the heart. Anusara Yoga is an integrated approach to hatha yoga in which the human spirit blends with the precise science of biomechanics. It is a new system of hatha yoga that can be both spiritually inspiring and yet grounded in a deep knowledge of outer and inner body alignment. It can be therapeutically effective and physically transformative.
10) Restorative Yoga
If your wanting something gentle yet deep , this might be it. This style is very helpful to quiet your mind. Restorative yoga might be the answer as it’s focused on relaxation, letting go and surrendering. Staying in a pose that is relaxing for a min 5 min, that allow the muscles to relax and release, effecting the brain and body.
11) Jivamukti Yoga
Jivamukti is mostly practiced in NYC and was founded in 1984 by Sharon Gannon and David Life. It’s a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting. A very demanding class physically, and interweaves, mantas, pranayama and meditation.
12) Prenatal Yoga
If you’re an expectant mother then Prenatal yoga is probably for you. Some say that Prenatal is one of the best types of exercise for moms-to- be as there’s a lot of core work and a focus on breathing.
13) Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a combination of classical yoga and elements of contemporary client-centered and body-mind psychology. It can facilitate a powerful release of physical tensions and emotional blocks. Through assisted yoga postures, guided breathing, and nondirective dialogue, you can experience the connection of your physical and emotional selves, encouraging release, personal growth, and the healing of body, mind, and spirit.
The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health has helped guide thousands of people along their path of self-discovery by teaching a system of yoga developed over a 20-year period by yogi Amrit Desai and the Kripalu staff.
The practice includes three stages: willful practice (a focus on alignment, breath, and the presence of consciousness); willful surrender (a conscious holding of the postures to the level of tolerance and beyond, deepening concentration and focus of internal thoughts and emotions); and meditation in motion (the body’s complete release of internal tensions and a complete trust in the body’s wisdom to perform the postures and movements needed to release physical and mental tensions and enter deep meditation).