Thinking of trying yoga?There are many types for you to consider. The fact of the matter is that yoga has a few basic principles and all forms of yoga follow these principles. The only difference is where the emphasis is placed.
Yoga is all about proper breathing, increased flexibility, mental relaxation, spiritual well-being, optimal body alignment and possibly even increased physical strength. This article will state some of the more well-known types of yoga.
Since yoga has become so popular, there are groups of people who put their own marketing spin on it making it look totally new and more beneficial. More often, the only difference is the cost and they end up being just fads.
If you happen to be on a tight budget, don’t worry. Yoga can be done for free. If you know the poses and techniques, then great. You are ready to go! If you don’t, no problem. You can look them up on the internet or go to the library or a bookstore and get a book. Check around your city. They might offer classes for free.
For our purpose here, let’s look at a few of the different types of yoga. This is just the short version. If we were to go into detail, the info would span volumes of books.
Ashtanga / Astanga Yoga – This is apparently one of the most popular forms of yoga. It involves continuous postures meaning each pose follows the next and is synchronized with your breathing. It is one of the more physically demanding types of yoga. You will get leaner and stronger with Ashtanga yoga.
Ananda Yoga – This is a gentler form of yoga focusing on body alignment, posture, and controlled breathing. The aim is to relax your body and clear your mind for meditation.
Hatha Yoga – This is the most practiced form of yoga all over the world. If you have seen yoga on TV or DVDs, then you have most likely witnessed hatha yoga in action. There are a series of poses and moves which are done in a slow and controlled manner while using proper breathing. The whole process should be calm and relaxed. You must remember that you are not in a race. This is a personal journey. That pretty much sums up hatha yoga.
Bikram Yoga – This yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhary, an Olympic weightlifter. It has been extremely commercialized because the yoga is done in a hot room with temperatures ranging from 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason for this heat is supposedly to make the body more flexible and supple thus preventing injuries. The heat and sweat is also supposed to detoxify the body too. Is it true? Well, the jury is out on that one. However, this form of yoga is often costly because it is done in commercial gyms or specialized places. So, you need to be aware of that.
There are many more forms of yoga like power yoga, Sivananda yoga, Jivamukti yoga, Iyenagar yoga, Vinyasa yoga, etc. If you wish to join any yoga class, find out what form of yoga they are doing. Then do your research to learn more. Make sure that you are going to be able to physically handle it.
Always bear in mind that yoga in all forms or types aim is based on similar principles. What really matters is that you actually enjoy doing it. So, just get with the program and try out any yoga you like and enjoy the health benefits that come with it.