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Different Types Of Yoga

Nov 7, 2007
Though yoga has its roots in India, it is fast catching on in the west and in the United States too it is gaining in popularity which means that there are more and more places where yoga is being taught and thus you will need to understand the different types of yoga before jumping in and learning any particular type. So, you need to check out Hatha yoga, Power yoga, Ashtanga yoga as well as Iyengar yoga and even Vinyasa and Bikram yoga, which are but a few of the more popular types of yoga being taught today.

The first type of yoga that you may want to learn more about is Hatha yoga in which 'ha' stands for sun and 'tha' which means moon and so you can expect to perform Hatha yoga slowly and in a gentle manner and thus you will find this yoga to be ideally suited if you are a beginner who needs to get acquainted with yoga and who does not know about various poses, but still wishes to unite the mind and body as well as the spirit.

Another types of yoga that is most often practiced is known as Ashtanga yoga and the name refers to the eight limbs and this is fast paced and intense and is based on a progression of poses that are performed in sync with breathing. As you may have guessed, this type of yoga is physically quite demanding since you will be moving from one pose to the other in sequence and once you perform Ashtanga yoga, you can expect to gain more stamina as well as attain strength as well as flexibility in your body.

Power Yoga as we know it today is basically an offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga that was part of Hindu tradition as well as the religion practiced in India, and this form of yoga lays emphasis on developing flexibility and also needing to have a proper workout that will invigorate the entire body and once performed, it will help you to concentrate better and also improves your mental balance. Power Yoga does not follow a set series of poses. Therefore, any Power Yoga class can vary widely from the next. What they have in common is an emphasis on strength and flexibility. The advent of Power Yoga heralded yoga's current popularity, as people began to see yoga as a way to work out.Power yoga brought yoga into the gyms of America. Power yoga is a westernized yoga and has as its basis Ashtanga yoga though in this form of yoga the sequence many not are the same as in Ashtanga yoga; though, you will still need to practice a number of poses that are performed continuously.

Another type of yoga is the one known as Iyengar yoga which helps you to properly align the body and in this form of yoga you need to hold a pose for an extended period of time instead of moving from one pose to the next one.

The other types of yoga are Vinyasa yoga and Bikram yoga and in the former type, there is need to perform movements in synchronization and which is fast in pace with more emphasis on your breathing while the latter type of yoga which is also referred to as hot yoga is practiced at high temperatures with humidity levels of forty percent and which involves twenty-six poses which help in loosening the muscles and which causes a lot of sweating thanks to the high temperatures.
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