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Yoga has become increasingly popular in recent years and its proven benefits that get your mind and body in shape are well known by those who practice it.
There are different types of yoga, and in this article, we want to bring your attention to the 7 most popular types so you can get a better understanding and decide which type fits you better.
First, let´s go over a quick yoga definition. What is yoga exactly? you may think that yoga is all about physical postures that require lots of skill and elasticity, but in reality, it is much more than that. Yoga is said to have been originated in India, and it is an ancient practice that seeks to connect body, mind, and spirit. It incorporates different physical postures, relaxation, deep breathing, and meditation techniques. The prolonged practice of yoga promotes your overall well-being, both physical and mental.
It is the most traditional type of yoga and from which many other types of yoga are built up. It is recommended for beginners as it is not too dynamic or fluid giving you time between poses without being too physically demanding.
Vinyasa is a flowing and more dynamic type of yoga that is frequently built up from hatha yoga. It follows a fluid sequence of postures in which the practitioners make a movement for every breath he/she takes.
Like Vinyasa, power yoga is a fluid motion type of yoga but the postures are meant to build strength and heat in the body. Power yoga is best suited for practitioners who want to strengthen their bodies, build endurance, and burn calories.
In Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, the word ashtanga literally means “8-limbs” as described by Patanjali in the ancient texts of yoga sutra. Modern-day ashtanga is practiced by following a series of Asanas (postures) that progressively adapted to each individual as they grow in strength, flexibility, and endurance.
A style of yoga that is practiced in a heated room at approximately 100-105 ºF with 30-50% relative humidity. The sequence is made of 26 different postures and two breathing exercises. Hot yoga classes improve flexibility, help burn more calories and reduce stress.
A slower and restorative form of yoga with postures closer to the ground and not as much physical demand as other types of yoga. Postures in restorative yoga may use props like blocks and bolsters among other aids to help hold your posture. Also, it is especially good to tap into the meditation of aspects of yoga practice.
A style of yoga with postures that seek to achieve precise alignment in every posture. It is a more strict and discipline style that helps build strength, stability, and flexibility. Props such as straps, blocks, and others can be used as well.
Hopefully, you have learned a bit more about the different types of yoga. which one is your favorite? Now that you know them, it is time to take action. Visit us at Inspyria and give yourself the opportunity of a life-changing experience by choosing one of our many yoga retreats.