Yoga is fashionable and people of all ages started to look at it with interest in the West.
The reasons are many: those who believe that it is just a physical activity are missing many things that make up the enormous power of this millenary discipline.
Knowing the different types of yoga can help you choose which is the ideal for you.
We are not talking about a mere physical exercise. Practicing yoga generates much broader benefits than you can imagine because it is an integral lifestyle that heals, cares for and strengthens the body, mind and spirit through the practice of asanas, breathing and meditation.
Precisely, the objective is to learn to express oneself with the emotional, mental and spiritual body through postures.
There are very diverse classes for different ages and interests. Let’s find out the best types of yoga and their benefits so you can easily choose the right one for you!
Hatha Yoga: it is the most common. It covers many postures and includes a wide range of purification methods, mantras and meditation. In principle, it works with the balance of the physical body through postures or asanas. It is very common in the West and is not as physically demanding, that is why progress is made by keeping postures longer.
Ashtanga Vinyasa or Yoga of the Warriors: it is a vigorous practice, recommended for those who have or wish to develop a good physical condition. It provides strength and flexibility to those who practice it. It is ideal for those who, to relax, seek a demanding, intense and deeply purifying and detoxifying practice. Breathing is key in the entire series of postures. It generates peace and self-knowledge. It is perfect for teenagers and young people, or for those of restless mind, who find it difficult to sit and meditate and prefer to work hard with the body.
Kundalini: it is called the yoga of consciousness. This practice includes yoga postures (asanas), energetic breaths (pranayama), chanting of mantras and meditation. Specific kriyas (sequences of asanas) are practiced for therapeutic purposes. The meditations last at least 11 minutes. The class allows to connect with the spirit and devotion; It is dynamic and works all aspects of the human being. It is a technique and also a philosophy of life. It includes teachings on health, nutrition, human relations, practical psychology and offers a vision of the human being in relation to the universe and himself. It is excellent in cases of anxiety, depression, emotional imbalances, existential void.
Bikram Yoga: it is a very intense variant that includes a series of 26 postures, which are performed over 90 minutes in a room heated to 42 degrees of temperature. The idea is to warm up the muscles to achieve greater flexibility and detoxify the body through sweat. Bikram Yoga is indicated for people who have good physical condition and seek flexibility and strength.
Acroyoga: is a practice that brings together acrobatics, yoga, dance and, in some cases, Thai massage. It works a lot with the contact with the ground and allows arms and legs to have maximum stability and support. You also work with another in more "flying" postures. It is a pretty extreme practice.
Iyengar Yoga: focuses on the correct alignment of the body in the postures, with the particularity that they hold for a long time. They are structured classes in which the biomechanics and anatomy of the body are emphasized. It is an ideal variant for those who want to learn how to correctly perform the postures before moving towards more demanding variants. It is ideal for people with neck and / or back problems, to relieve pain or improve their general health. Elements are used to support the realization of the postures and to keep the body aligned.
Power Yoga: is a strong practice, which challenges the body to an effort that ends up being very beneficial in all planes. Designed for people who live in the hectic world and want to transform body and mind, improve health and quality of life. The Power Yoga class includes series of postures with which to heal and strengthen the body and soul. It is a dynamic combination of effort, sweat and spirituality; It cures, detoxifies and electrifies the body and mind in a profound way. Classes emphasize psychological aspects and how to develop a lifestyle that transforms from the inside and the environment.
Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga is a mainly modern practice, rooted in both the sacred texts of India and Taoist Yoga, its concepts of Yin and Yang and medicine of China. Most of their asanas are Hatha Yoga, but unlike this one, the guide to realize them is more the sensation that the practitioner has than the form or alignment of the body. During Yin Yoga the muscles must be relaxed and the postures are maintained for 3 to 5 minutes initially. The attitude of the practitioner is delicate, trying to keep the body still and using a slow movement when moving it.