When one thinks of yoga, it’s either of these two images that comes to our mind:
- A) A person meditating peacefully, feeling the air and the nature that surrounds them while having their eyes shut tight (y’know, the ‘easy’ kind)…
- B) A yoga guru striking a complex pose that will for sure crack all of your bones if you attempt to do it.
Well, the fact is that yoga is actually much more diverse than that, and is composed of hundreds of different asanas that — regardless of how flexible you are — are only going to benefit you. There’s probably one type of yoga that you’re simply meant to do, but are missing out on it just because of your assumptions regarding how difficult or easy it is.
May we suggest that you Look through the list below to find out more about the eight major types of yoga… and, of course, take your pick as to which type suits you the best!
Vinyasa yoga is the kind of yoga that gets you moving your body. It involves you switching from one pose to the next in a sequential order in coordination with your breathing, almost as if you’re dancing. Flow and movement are the basic characteristics of this yoga form.
Power yoga has been gaining a lot of attention. This style, which is a hybrid of Vinyasa and Bikram yoga and also derives some inspiration from cardio routines, is super energetic and stamina-based. It allows you to burn those calories fast, as well as gain the benefits of traditional yoga.
Ashtanga literally means “8 limbs,” and boy does it make you move — even if you only have four of ‘em. This style is very similar to the other two styles, but what sets it apart is that while you’re carrying out the sequential order of a particular asana, you start out at a particular Sun Salutation A, and finish Sun Salutation B. This type is also super peaceful, the kind in which you feel at one with nature as you perform each asana, so that’s something you should keep in mind if you like playing music while exercising.
Iyengar yoga is designed for the enthusiastic beginners, and the workout music lovers! This type allows you to get better suited to the asanas, encouraging a slower pace and the usage of props while exercising. Much like the other types of yoga, this one two involves a lot of sequential rhythms in each asana.
Bikram yoga is a 90 minute yoga session which consists of 24 asanas and 2 breathing exercises, and it’s perfect for dedicated practitioners who are up for a long and fruitful session worth of peace of mind and body. This particular type also requires the room to be heated at 105° F, and the humidity levels to be controlled at 40%, in order to replicate the climate of its country of origin, India.
This one’s for all the people who are intimidated by difficult asanas, and just want a chill yoga session for spiritual upliftment (paired with a couple of physical benefits, too). This type involves a lot of meditation, and a few easy and effective asanas, with each class or session having a different theme and set of asanas.
Shivananda yoga is a lifestyle, rather than a set of Asanas. It involves embracing a balanced diet, relaxation, meditation, exercise, as well as having a positive outlook of life in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you’re serious about the yoga life, this one’s exactly the pick for you.