Different Types of Yoga: Do You Know Your Ashtanga from Your Vinyasa?

Downward-Facing Dog

Downward-Facing Dog

Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise for strengthening the whole body, improving flexibility, and freeing the mind from distractions and stress. There are many different types of yoga being practiced today, so how can you choose the one that is right for you and your body? With knowledge!

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Here is your guide to the different types of yoga, so you can choose which may be best for you:

Vinyasa Yoga

Also known as flow yoga, vinyasa yoga is focused on moving through sequences of poses in time with the breath flowing in and out of the lungs. Most vinyasa sessions will begin with sun salutations: a repetitive sequence of movements designed to wake up the body and focus the mind. The basic vinyasa sequence, which forms the core of a sun salutation, involves transitioning between downward-facing dog, plank, chaturanga, and upward-facing dog.
Upward-Facing Dog

Upward-Facing Dog

If you want to experience a wide variety of poses and learn to move with control and grace, vinyasa yoga could be the perfect type of yoga for you. Get started with an online vinyasa yoga course designed to energize you and release your inner power.

Jivamukti Yoga

Jivamukti yoga is based on vinyasa yoga, but the classes incorporate chants to focus the mind and awaken the spiritual aspects of your personality. Founded in New York City in 1984, Jivamukti is more than just a series of exercises – it is a philosophy for living that extends outside the yoga studio and into every aspect of your life. If you are looking for an immersive, spiritual experience, Jivamukti yoga could be the perfect style for you.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is also called power yoga, and it is said to be the most physically demanding form of yoga. Like vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga involves a lot of movement. People who do a lot of sports and are looking to push themselves enjoy the challenge of this style of yoga.

Looking for a yoga class that will raise your pulse and strengthen your body? This online Ashtanga yoga course by Kino MacGregor will put you through your paces.

Yin Yoga

In contrast to the yang-heavy yoga styles described above, yin yoga is slower, gentler, and intended to move your mind into a quiet, meditative state. While vinyasa styles of yoga can help to build muscle and improve strength, yin yoga works on releasing tension in the body to allow the tendons and ligaments to stretch. During a yin yoga session, you will hold poses for several minutes, allowing gravity to do the lengthening work on your behalf.

Are you looking for a style of yoga that will balance your mind and body? Try this yin yoga class with Jennifer Kries.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga is the latest craze in yoga studios all over the world. Practiced in a very hot and humid room, Bikram yoga is also known as hot yoga. The heat will make you sweat, but it also allows the connecting tissues in your body to stretch further than they would do at room temperature, so Bikram can really help your flexibility. Because the poses used in Bikram yoga are often relatively basic, beginners could benefit from taking a class or two in this style to help them get started on their yoga journey.

Choosing Between Different Types of Yoga

Whichever style of yoga you choose to practice, the rewards for your body and mind will be noticeable once you establish a regular practice. If you are still unsure about which style will suit you, why not take a free introductory yoga class to learn more about yoga and experience some of the postures for yourself?

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