The world of yoga is vast with diverse yoga styles. From physically intensive to relaxing to meditative forms, there are a number of variations to practice. Each yoga style possesses unique qualities but is designated to reward you with good physical, mental and emotional health.
As a yoga practitioner, learning about the diverse yoga forms can help you select the right one. When you practice yoga style that is best suited for your body-mind, your overall well-being gets enhanced manifold. Also, adding variation to your existing yoga practice helps you break out from your comfort zone.
We have explained the 6 types of yoga. Learn, understand and practice the right one.
1. Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga originated in India over thousands of years ago, therefore, it is referred to as a classical yoga style. The word Hatha comes from Sanskrit ‘Ha,’ meaning sun and ‘Tha,’ meaning moon. The Hatha yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation practices are performed to balance the pairs of opposites that exist within us. Hatha yoga refers to the balance of sun-moon and awakening of Sushumna Nadi, which helps you realize your spiritual goals.
2. Ashtanga Yoga: Another traditional form of yoga is the Ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga yoga has its roots in Vedic Philosophy dating back thousands of years. Popularized by revered K.Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga is an ‘eight-limbed practice’ encompassing a yogic lifestyle. This yoga style consists of a specific number of postures synchronized with breath as you move through the six series: Primary, Intermediate and Four Secondary series. The practice also incorporates the performance of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. If you desire to delve in an intensive form of yoga style, enroll in yoga certification in Nepal where Ashtanga yoga wisdom is imparted.
3. Bikram Yoga: If you are aiming at natural weight loss and detoxification, Bikram yoga is highly recommended. Designed by Bikram-Chaudhary in the 1970s, the practice consists of 26 yoga postures and two breathing techniques. The asanas are performed in a heated room with 40% humidity for accelerating the process of purification. As it is practiced in a hot & humid room, it is also known as hot yoga. On yoga retreat in Nepal, you can get an opportunity to practice Bikram yoga.
4. Iyengar Yoga: “Your body exists in the past and your mind exits in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.”~ B.K.S Iyengar. B.K.S Iyengar was one of the revered and enlightened yogis from the soil of India who crafted and popularized Iyengar yoga (A yoga form with an emphasis on postural alignment using breath control and yoga props (blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters)). The practice is slow-paced to help practitioners delve deeper into the postures. Incorporate Iyengar yoga into your daily regimen to bring variation to fast-paced styles and for relaxation.
5. Kundalini Yoga: For experiencing upliftment and spirituality, practice Kundalini yoga. It incorporates the practice of postures, dynamic breathing, meditation and chanting of mantras. These practices sum up Kundalini yoga that builds physical vitality and increases consciousness. Yoga certification in Nepal curriculum involves the study and practice of Kundalini yoga.
6. Restorative Yoga: Most restorative yoga practices are influenced by the teaching of B.K.S Iyengar. A restorative yoga practice involves five or six poses, supported by yoga props and held for a longer duration for complete relax and rest. Restorative yoga style includes gentle backbends, twists, and forward folds. During yoga retreat in Nepal, unwind with restorative yoga practices.
Read about each yoga style carefully to know the essence. Hope this will help you in finding the right yoga for yourself.
Devendra kumar is a Yogi,Traveler and a Yoga Teacher in India.He provides yoga teacher training classes in Gurgaon.His strong connection with yoga has made him to organize Daily Yoga Classes, Corporate Yoga Classes,Yoga Retreats and Yoga Workshops in Gurgaon.