There are so many different types of yoga. What does it all mean?


There are numerous systems of yoga, each providing different ways to unify the various aspects of ourselves. Hatha yoga is the system most familiar to the Westerner. This branch of yoga uses physical poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and relaxation methods (yoga nidra) to explore the inner structures of the body, mind and spirit.  However, even within the hatha yoga system there are widely differing techniques and styles of practice (Power, Bikram, Ashtanga etc). It is important to take the time to find the method and the teacher that is right for you.
 
Asthanga yoga - for those who are interested in serious workout. It includes challenging sequence of poses with Ujjayi breathing and vinyasas.

Bikram yoga – a Bikram yoga class for beginners involves 26 Postures and two breathing exercises in a very hot room. This is to systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to the whole body, to each organ and fibre, restoring all systems to healthy working order.

Integral Vinyasa - Combination of Vinyasa yoga and Integral yoga. It can be called Classical yoga - because it does not only focus on postures (asanas) like some yoga styles, but also include breathing, relaxation and contemplation. This is the style of yoga that I teach.
 
Iyengar Yoga - focuses on correct body alignment to prevent yoga practitioners from suffering injuries or pain, and makes use of props to aid the yoga practitioner in performing asanas.  

Power yoga - the Western version of the Indian Ashtanga yoga. It is a vigorous, physically challenging, and mentally-demanding exercise that can help you connect to your inner power.

Vinyasa Yoga - This variation makes a Yoga practitioner feel peaceful and relaxed. Hence, Viniyoga has gained a reputation for being a therapeutic style of Yoga.

 

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