What are Different Types of Yoga?

By | November 30, 2012

These days, Yoga is becoming more popular because it gives numerous benefits to the humans such as it reduces stress, gives relaxation, removes negative thoughts and pains, and solves physical and mental problems. For different problems, there are different types of Yoga exercises are there to perform to get a better solution for your respective problem. However some Yoga exercises are there which can be done by all people to get calm, relax and peaceful mind. Below are some of the types of Yoga you can perform for staying healthy.

Hatha Yoga: It is the basic form of Yoga to learn all new styles of Yoga. Most beginners pick this Yoga to learn because it contains large repository of movements. It contains variety of poses, which should be performed in relatively slow pace and with gentle movement.

Ashtanga Yoga: In this type of Yoga, a set of sequence of asanas are performed with a synchronized breath. It can be quite demanding as you constantly move from one asana (or pose) to the other asana. This Yoga improves your stamina as well as your flexibility and strength.

Power Yoga: In this, you should perform a series of poses with a great speed and effort without starting and stopping. Here there is no need of doing poses in a sequence. It will be helpful to lose weight.

Iyengar Yoga: It is a popular type of Yoga based on teachings by B.K.S. Iyengar. It promotes strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance through coordinated breathing and poses that require precise body alignment. In this, you slowly move into a pose, hold it for a minute and rest for few minutes before stretching to a next pose. To do this Yoga, few props (equipment) are used to align the body into different poses such that even old, disabled and sick people can be practiced.

Vinyasa Yoga: It is fast faced type of Yoga focused on coordinated breath and movement. This Yoga is starts with a sun salutations and moves on to more intense stretching.

Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga: This type of Yoga is performed in a hot room which has been heated to 1050F. Through this Yoga you will sweat profusely and thus expel toxins from the body.

Kundalini Yoga: This Yoga concentrates on awakening the energy at the base of the spine and drawing it upward. It also involves chanting, meditation and breathing exercises.

The above are some of the Yoga exercises. You can select and practice any type of Yoga but if you have any serious health complications then consult the doctor before practicing Yoga because some Yoga postures are such that you lock your body on your own and it is so complicated that you will be injured if you are not practiced properly.