Guide to 11 Yoga Styles

There are so many different forms of yoga, here’s my taster into the different forms of yoga I have practiced and studied over the years.

  1. Vinyasa Yoga: Often referred to as Yoga flow, Vinyasa yoga focuses of breath with movement. The flowing sequence is memorised and then done as a moving meditation.
  2. Hatha Yoga: One of the most well known forms of yoga and is the style you will most commonly find in a yoga class. However it was traditionally a very spiritual practice. A lot of the other types of yoga I edition below are greatly influenced by traditional Hatha Yoga.
  3. Iyengar Yoga: Named after B.K.S.Iyengar it follows the traditional 8 limbs of yoga: a philosophy that encompasses a yogic lifestyle,not just Asanas (postures). It focuses on the alignment of the asanas helping you get deeper in postures sometimes with the use of props such as bolsters, blankets and straps.
  4. Kundalini Yoga: The focus of Kundalini yoga is awaked energy that leis dormant at the base of the spine in the 1st Chakra, and channeling it upwards through the chakras. Kundalini yoga a mixture of meditative chanting and powerful movements through asanas that leave you feeling mentally and physically energised.
  5. Ashtanga Yoga: Seen as the most traditional form of Indian yoga, Ashtanga focuses on the 8 limbs of Yoga; a philosophy that encompasses a yogic lifestyle, not just Asanas (postures). The Ashtanga Yoga Asanas are practiced similar to Vinyasa, with synchronised breath and movement.
  6. Yin and Yang Yoga: Although Yin yoga is well known, it is in fact designed to be practiced to compliment Yang yoga. Yin yoga is the passive meditative yoga allowing your body to rest and stretch. Yang yoga is an active muscle forming yoga.
  7. Restorative Yoga: An adaption of yin yoga, restoration yoga involves long relaxing postures that let your body stretch out with gravity.
  8. Prenatal Yoga: Yoga designed to help pregnant women practice meditative breathing and release pressure on joints caused by the weight of the baby. This can also be really useful in preparation for birth.
  9. Anusara Yoga: A tantric yoga inspired by Hatha yoga founded in 1990 by John Friend.
  10. Jivamukti Yoga: Created in 1984 by Sharon Gannon and David Life. A Jivamukti practice incorporated Sanskrit chanting and Pranayama (controlled breathing) and Asanas (postures), usually with a point of focus.
  11. Sivananda yoga: Brought to the western world in 1957 by Swami Vishudevananda. Focusing on 5 yogi principles: breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking. Similar to the 8 limbs of yoga they work together to form a yogic lifestyle rather than just focusing on the Asanas (postures). The Asana practice usually focuses on a 12 posture basic Sun salutation and Savasana (corpse pose)

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