What are the different Styles of Yoga.

What are the different Styles of Yoga.

Yoga is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the world. In the United States, there are more than 20 million practitioners and, according to recent estimates, this growth trend will last for at least another ten years.

The question that many ask themselves is what the different types of yoga are and which one is best for them. This text has all the information with the intention of orienting those who would like to start in this beautiful teaching and in this millenarian practice, giving a brief description of the methods available today.

The truth is that not all forms of Yoga are good for the whole world. There are different types of practice, which adapt to the possibilities and needs of each. Different forms of Yoga do not give the same results with the same people and there is no consensus on what should be taught in a Yoga class. Therefore, the Yoga modality chosen must be in accordance with the expectations and needs of the practitioner.

The effects and benefits of Yoga, nevertheless, are accessible to all regardless of the age or physical state of each person. Just know how to choose the mode that best suits the needs and possibilities of each one.

First of all, you need to be clear about what you want from practice. Goals change from person to person. You may want to practice impelled by one of these motivations:


1) Improve quality of life or manage stress.

2) Maintain health and vitality by an unconventional discipline.

3) Find an add-on for a physical training.

4) For some therapeutic treatment, or for medical indication.

5) Looking for a way to self-knowledge and freedom.


Haṭha Yoga

The practice of Haṭha Yoga, in the way that is traditionally approached, has a calm rhythm, ruled by the practitioners themselves. Health, relaxation and reduction of tensions are the focus of this modality. The intense respiratory work and the conscious relaxation help in the fight against stress. This is a great option for beginners and people with some limitation (spinal problems, cardiopathies, etc.), © reliberceed.com although it has no healing purpose, as is the case with Yogatherapy. Relaxation and meditation techniques are also present in many cases, enhancing the integration between body, mind and emotions.


The ṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa Yoga

This system, from South India, is based on six series of asana of demanding requirement, in which each practitioner works at his own pace, through a technique called vinyāsa , which consists of coordinating breathing and movement. The Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa is the most demanding of all methods on the physical plane. It is advisable to have some physical training, breath and joint stability before beginning.


Power Yoga

Power Yoga was born in the United States as a more accessible adaptation of the Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa for those who do not want or cannot do a practice that is so demanding but still very intense. Through breathing and performing postures combined with movement, the practitioner develops endurance, strength, flexibility, respiratory awareness, concentration and vitality. Many, however not all Power Yoga teachers include meditation in their classes.


Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is the moderate physical requirement method, created by the Indian professor BKS Iyengar. One of the hallmarks of it is the concept of alignment. Practices of prāṇāyāma  are taught separately from the  asanas .

The above mentioned Hatha Yoga methods include not only the practice of physical techniques, called asanas, but also breathing exercises and relaxation (called prāṇāyāmas  and  yoganidra , respectively). The methods may have different approaches, depending on where each teacher puts the emphasis.


Integrative Yogatherapy

Developed in the United States by Joseph Lepage, this method places emphasis on the healing process, working on all levels of the human being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Joseph says that "does healing happen when we come into contact with the deeper part of ourselves? An example of this therapeutic approach is teaching people with heart problems to become more aware of their condition at all levels, improving quality of life and using breathing techniques, proper exercise and meditation with a focus on heart healing.



The word Viniyoga refers to an approach to the practice focused on the individual, taking into account their aspirations, their possibilities, their health, their environment, their way of life and their culture. the practice of viniyoga respects the pace of evolution of each. in practice, physical postures are synchronized with breathing in sequences that are set up according to the needs of each practitioner. this method is inspired by the teachings of Master T. Krishnamacharya.


Kripalu Yoga

Practice in three stages based on the teachings of Master Kripalvananda. The three stages of Kripalu include: firm practice (focusing on alignment, breathing, and attentiveness); delivery (staying in positions, overcoming limits, deepening concentration and focus on the internal process of thoughts and emotions); and meditation in motion. © reliberceed.com The inner tensions are completely eliminated from the body, developing confidence in the bodily wisdom necessary to lead the practitioner to the state of deep meditation.

Sivananda Yoga

This is a synthesis practice of the main branches of traditional Yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Hatha, Raja and Jnana Yoga), according to Master Swami Sivananda. This method was developed in the well-known Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy  of Rishikesh, India. First brought to the West in 1957 by Swami Vishnu Devananda was soon adapted to the needs of the present society, proposing a special attention to five points: 1) exercise, 2) breathing, 3) relaxation, 4) food, and 5) meditation. These points are mainly aimed at proposing a lifestyle focused on the purpose of Yoga. Practical classes are structured in a series of 12 asanas (with variations), preceded by the salutation to the sun and respiratory. There is also an emphasis on learning the mantra both in the form of singing and in support of meditation.

How to choose a good teacher?  Using common sense and the ability to observe to choose. Seeing if you feel comfortable in the Yoga school you visit. Asked the teacher where he learned. Seeing if you identify with the proposal of this type of Yoga.

To conclude, it is necessary to emphasize that there is no superior Yoga, more complete or better than the others. Each method is best suited for different purposes. The best Yoga is one that works for you, that meets your needs and fulfills your expectations. It should be remembered, however, that Yoga is a spirituality whose fundamental goal is freedom, the recognition that we are already the happiness we seek. This teaching must be present in the practices, regardless of the name they have. Good habits!


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