Jul 17, 2013

    Different types of yoga

    THERE are many different types of yoga.

    Here's a quick look at the most common and popular ones.

    Anusara Yoga:

    This type of yoga focuses on the "celebration of the heart", so there are many "heart-opening" poses, such as backbends.

    Ashtanga Yoga:

    Also called power yoga, Ashtanga is physically demanding and hence best suited for former athletes or someone looking to really push their body.

    Bikram Yoga:

    This is practised in a room heated to around 40.5 deg C and at 40 per cent humidity. Although Bikram has only 26 poses and lots of alignment work, it is good for beginners.

    Hatha Yoga:

    Its focus is on slow and gentle movements, making it great for winding down at the end of the day.

    Iyengar Yoga:

    Expect lots of props with this type of yoga, such as blocks, harnesses, straps and even cushions.

    Jivamukti Yoga:

    This has a mix of Vinyasa-flow sequences infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist.

    Kundalini Yoga:

    Kundalini refers to the energy of the root chakra, which surrounds the area around the lower spine. Hence, the focus is on the "core" area and classes can be pretty intense.

    Prenatal Yoga:

    An exercise for mums-to-be that involves a lot of "core" work and focuses on breathing.

    Vinyasa Yoga:

    This is commonly known as Vinyasa flow as it involves practitioners "flowing" from one pose to the next. It is the most popular style of yoga in the United States.SOURCE: MINDBODYGREEN