All yoga styles.
All yoga styles.
There are many styles of yoga taught and practiced these days. This does not always make it easy for yoga beginners to recognize the differences. Although most styles are based on the same yoga exercises (asanas), each one has its own character. This list of the most popular styles of yoga should help you to find the right one for you.
Hatha is a very general term that contains several types of yoga - without a doubt Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular types of yoga in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A Hatha yoga class is usually characterized by slow and relaxed yoga exercises. So a good way for yoga beginners to familiarize themselves with the asanas.
Similar to Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga offers a variety of interpretations of how the yoga class can be designed. The term Vinyasa means that the breath is in harmony with the movements. Vinyasa classes are more strenuous and usually start with sun salutations, with the movements always in sync with the breath. After the body has warmed up, more intense stretching follows at the end of the yoga session. Often one finds in yoga studios also the term Vinyasa Flow, as the movements flow smoothly into each other.
Kundalini Yoga focuses more on mental and spiritual aspects. It is based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan . Here, the breath and body movements are coordinated, the goal is the activation of the Kundalini energy. Breathing ( pranayama ) plays a role in all yoga exercises , but Kundalini Yoga goes one step further. The effect of the breath (also called prana, means energy) plays an essential role. The exercises in Kundalini Yoga are also called kriyas.
Ashtanga and Power Yoga
The word Ashtanga comes from Sanskrit and means "8 members". This yoga style is quite intense and is always practiced in the same order. Particularly exhausting for the body are the fluid transitions from one exercise to another. Ashtanga Yoga is also the basis for the popular Power Yoga, which is very similar to this one. Power Yoga (founded by Bryan Kest ), however, makes the order of asanas flexible.
Based on the teachers of the Yoga BKS Iyengar , this style focuses on body alignment. In Iyengar yoga, individual asanas are kept for a long time. This type of yoga is also very dynamic because the transition between the exercises is very quick.
This yoga style was created in a well-known yoga studio in New York. The founders Sharon Gannon and David Life were inspired by Ashtanga Yoga and combined it with meditation, chanting and spiritual elements. Their trained yoga teachers have now carried this style from the US into the world, becoming more popular in Europe. The yoga classes are physically very intense.
Bikram Yoga / Hot Yoga
Bikram Yoga was developed by the founder Birkram Choudhury and enjoys extreme popularity, especially in the USA. Sometimes referred to as hot yoga, it is taught in a room just under 40 ° C, which makes the muscles more flexible. In addition, the sweating process accelerates the detoxification process. A typical yoga session consists of 26 yoga exercises.
The term Viniyoga is used by TKV Desikachar, who uses a method of his father (T. Krishnamacharya). The yoga sessions are individually tailored to the health, expectations and life situation of the students.
Developed by John Friend in 1997, Ansura Yoga combines body focus with a positive attitude to life in general. A typical yoga class takes place in a relaxed atmosphere and focuses on exercises to open the chakra heart.
Paul Grilley has developed this gentle yoga style, which is slowly gaining ground in Europe. It is about how the body tissue, especially around the joints, can be stretched and strengthened. Different exercises are held for several minutes.
In 1959, the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center was opened by Swami Vishnudevananda , a student of the famous Swami Sivananda. Today there are over 80 centers in the world, which also include some ashrams. Sivananda Yoga has contributed to the popularity of yoga in Europe and is based on principles such as asanas, meditation and pranayama.
AcroYoga / Acro Yoga
AcroYoga was co-developed in 2003 by Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer . This style is practiced by two yogis together. A person is the basis, while the partner goes into position based on it. The "flying" person does a series of yoga exercises while balancing.
Stand-up paddle yoga
This type of yoga is also often referred to as SUP yoga and is practiced on a surfboard in the water. It's fun to keep your balance, with a slip up inevitably ending in a refreshment :) The nice thing is that you're in the middle of nature, which is a nice change from the yoga studio.
Dru Yoga is a gentle-strong yoga form from the North Indian tradition of Mahatma Gandhi. All exercises are performed "fluently" (the word dru is derived from "dra" = flow) to guide man to the fixed point of silence (the Polarstern = "dhruvam" = second derivation of "dru") in one's own To find movement.
Luna Yoga is a combination of traditional yoga practice with methods for your own intense body awareness. This yoga style is primarily practiced to achieve healing effects, its foundations are derived from the wisdom and knowledge of different cultures from around the world.
Connect your asanas and yoga exercises with a rhythm, move them to the music, and in a dynamic flow set the pace - together with a group and a well-developed choreography. This is Yoga Dance! Well-known yoga poses are processed in dances, which will certainly keep your concentration, your breathing and your stamina on the go.
Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is based on the belief that a fake, artificial laugh, a reasonless laugh, has the same effects as a real laugh - both psychologically and socially. Group laughter can not only make you more relaxed, healthier and happier, but also infects your counterpart.
Yoga for your face: As with "normal" yoga, exercising the facial muscles will bring relaxation, strengthening and strengthening of muscles and tissue - but not for the back, legs and arms, but just your face. At the same time, you tighten your facial expressions, ensure lasting skin tightening and anti-aging effects.
Karma Yoga is one of the four main paths in yoga and means in its origin "yoga of action" - the yoga of action. Quite simply, karma yoga means solely that you offer your ministry for your own sake. You delete everything that has to do with egoistic purposes, renounced. This cleanses one's heart and removes negativities such as jealousy, hatred, selfishness and arrogance. It is replaced by tolerance, sympathy and love.
Cross-Fit strengthens the body, yoga gives the energy and the asanas. The postures are carried out in such a way that the muscles are holistically stressed and exercised. So you balance the power in your muscles and prevent injuries.
Kriya Yoga is based on a close connection between teacher and student. This yoga style should therefore be learned under personal guidance and not for example via yogavideo. Three basic principles are at the center of Kriya Yoga: self-discipline, self-observation and devotion.
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