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STYLES OF YOGA

Many different styles of yoga are being practiced and taught today. With these different styles, all of them are based on the same physical postures (called poses), but each has a particular emphasis. Here is a guide to the most popular types of yoga. Hopefully this will help you find which style is best for you. Enjoy!

Hatha Yoga
Hatha is a very general term that can include many physical types of yoga. Most hatha yoga classes are slow-paced, and can provide a good introduction to basic yoga.

Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa is also used to describe many types of classes. Vinyasa means breath-synchronized movement. It tends to be more of an intense style based on the series of poses called Sun Salutations. Sun salutations are the core of a Vinyasa style yoga practice where the movement is matched to the breath.

Ashtanga and Power Yoga
Ashtanga is a very fast paced, intense style of yoga. A set series of poses is performed, and always done in the same order. Ashtanga is physically demanding because of the continuous movement from one pose to the next, also known as flow. Power yoga is based off of Ashtanga, but is not as strict set as the Ashtanga series of poses.

Iyengar
Iyengar is most concerned with body alignment. With Iyengar body alignment is used to describe the exact way in which your body is positioned in each posture in order to obtain maximum benefits and avoid injury. Iyengar usually holds postures over a long period versus moving quickly from one pose to the next (flow). Iyengar also may use props such as blankets, blocks, and straps in order to help bring the body into alignment.

Bikram
Bikram yoga may also be referred to as hot yoga. It is practiced in a 95-110 degree room, which allows for the loosening of muscles, deeper stretching, and intense sweating. Bikram yoga is 90 minutes, and has a series of 26 postures, each posture is done twice.


I hope you are able to find a style of yoga that fits you the best, and enjoy!