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Different Types of Yoga

Yoga is a mind and body exercise of ancient Indian culture with a 5,000-year tradition. Different types of yoga incorporate physical postures, breathing exercises, and reflection or relaxation.



Here are the different types of yoga:


1. Vinyasa Yoga - is common, and is practiced in most gyms and studios. "Vinyasa" implies relating air to motion. Typically the postures are executed in a fluid series, called "vinyasa flow." Fluid gestures can be memorized and practiced as a moving meditation, almost as a dance.


The success of this yoga form derives from sensual gestures, fun music, typically performed (but not always) in a dark room, or sometimes by candlelight and closed eyes.


2. Ashtanga Yoga - Ashtanga means "eight parts" which requires a lifestyle that is yogic. Ashtanga is known by most as traditional Indian yoga. The Ashtanga yoga asanas (postures) and Vinyasa yoga synchronize air with action as you step through a sequence of postures.


It was introduced in the early 20th century by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to the United States. The set of postures, consisting of Sun Salutation A, Sun Salutation B, a standing sequence and a closing sequence, are performed the same way each time. Typically, the exercise is performed without lyrics, and sometimes without explicit feedback (in silence).


3. Iyengar Yoga - Is also named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a prominent Indian yogi, focused on the Eight Limbs of Yoga. In the West, it was popularized about the same time as the Ashtanga yoga.


The focus on this approach is relaxation in the asanas through breath control by pranayama and using supports (bolsters, covers, pillars, and straps). Typically this type of yoga is practiced without music and at a slower pace designed to help students move further into the postures.



4. Bikram Yoga - was developed in the 1970s by Bikram Choudhury, who took the movement from India to California.


The training comprises of the same twenty-six breathing exercises and two yoga poses. It is 90 minutes long and performed in a space that is 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity of 40 percent. The space is light and the students face mirrors in order to check the correct position and orientation. Any music is available during training.


5. Jivamukti Yoga - In 1984 Sharon Gannon and David Life founded Jivamukti Yoga Jivamukti in New York City. Jivamukti translates into "liberated being." The practice involves Sanskrit singing, pranayama, and action (Asanas), with a theme or lesson for each practice. This is a good blend of spiritual and physical exercise.


6. Power Yoga - A more active approach to conventional Hatha yoga poses is Power Yoga Action Yoga. The Ashtanga yoga positions are done faster and with more core exercises and upper body training.


The loops aren't always the same, so music is often cheerful. Vinyasa yoga may also be strength yoga, depending on the gym or studio where the class is being taken.


7. Sivananda Yoga - In 1957 Swami Vishnudevananda took Sivananda Yoga to the U.S. This is a form of yoga focused on the five concepts of yogic: careful breathing, calming, food, exercise, and positive thinking. Both work together to create a healthy lifestyle for yogic.


The asana exercise, with Sun Salutations and Savasana, is typically twelve simple postures or combinations of the Asanas. There's no sound in there.


8. Yin Yoga - Yin Yoga is a meditative exercise that helps the body to be relaxed in a posture without having to do any work (fortitude). It is also called Taoist meditation and is based on lengthening the body's connective tissues. It is supposed to complement Yang Yoga or the art of muscle-forming yoga.


If Yang is aggressive, so Yin is passive which ensures that the muscles will contract with gravity and recover. This is typically done with the help of tools, although there is little or no music in the curriculum.



There are many more types and styles of yoga practices, and each one is unique. When you find a practice or a studio that works for you, stick with it. Make your practice part of your life, and you will begin to harvest the benefits of your dedication and consistency.



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