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From Mellow to Power, There is a Type of Yoga for Everyone

Aug 17, 2007
There are many types and styles of Yoga being practiced all over the world today. Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular types and styles.

Iyengar is a style of Yoga tat is softer on the body, a more classical style of Yoga that is perfect for beginners. This style uses props like chairs, straps, blocks, pillows, and sandbags, in order to make up for a lack of flexibility, which is helpful for those with joint problems. This style helps people achieve the different poses comfortably. Poses are held for a longer period of time than in other styles, helping to develop a state of calm. This is a good style of Yoga for beginners.

Ashtanga, also called Power Yoga is a preferred choice for athletes. This style is light on meditation, and heavy on developing strength and stamina. Poses in this style are more difficult, and held for a shorter length of time, to build strength and flexibility. This style is good for anyone in good shape, but not for beginners.

Bikram is done in a hot room, and focuses on twenty six postures that are performed in a particular order, keeping the intensity high. When combined with heat, this makes for a tough workout, and is recommended for those who are experienced in Yoga, and very physically fit.

Hatha Yoga is very mellow, and focuses on simple poses that flow into each other at a comfortable pace. This is an ideal form for winding down at the end of the day.

Kundalini incorporates mantras, visualizations, and meditations, with guided relaxation, focusing on healing and purifying. This style is designed to activate the kundalini energy in the spine. This is achieved with poses, chanting, breath control, and meditation.

Kripalu is more spontaneous and flowing, and is meditation oriented. This style starts with the first stage, of postural alignment and breath, and progresses to the second stage, with meditation included, and poses held longer.

Sivananda Yoga is a series of twelve poses, with breathing exercises, relaxation, and chanting as the basis.

Viniyoga is a slower and more individualized style of Yoga. This style develops strength, healing, and balance. This style is ideal for beginners, seniors, and those who suffer from chronic pain or injuries.

There are many more types of Yoga than just those listed here, and each focuses on something a bit different. There really is a style of Yoga out there for everyone, no matter what their physical fitness level or level of experience is.
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