Summary: Expand your wisdom about diverse styles of yoga in all parts of the world and choose the best for yourself.
It is the tiresome routine and the daily ordeal that majority of people are stuck in that is taking a toll on the overall well-being of the human race. The science of yoga is gaining popularity across the globe as it offers innumerable benefits to the practitioners. From lowering blood pressure, to increasing strength and flexibility or calming the mind, the wonders it does to the mind and body are stupendous. The promising rewards of the art of yoga are raving the individuals to roll out their yoga mats and to enroll in yoga teacher training programs. Like most people, if you wish to reap the glorious benefits of the yoga, it is prudent to learn and understand about the different styles of yoga practiced in all parts of the world for diligent choices.
We bring you the list of nine widely practiced yoga styles across the globe. Take a glance at the list below:
1. Anusara Yoga: Like most styles of yoga, Anusara also stems from classical Hatha yoga founded by John Friend in 1997. Having its roots in Tantric philosophy with principles of alignment, this yoga technique is highly upbeat. It focuses on experiencing extreme bliss and joy in your practice as well as in your daily life. If you are a beginner to the world of yoga and wish to seek some upliftment, soul-searching then this yoga style perfectly suits you.
2. Restorative Yoga: If you are a seeker of deep relaxation and restoration then practice restorative yoga. A mellow style of yoga that focuses on the practice of various yoga postures done with the aid of yoga props such as blocks, blankets, straps to avoid stress and strain. The yoga asanas are held for long period of time to promote deep refreshment and composure. If you feel the need to relax your mind, body, and soul rather than energizing them, then opt for this style.
3 Yin Yang Yoga: A slow-paced style of yoga that involves holding of postures for five minutes or longer. This style of yoga primarily focuses on increasing the energy in the body that promotes organ health, and well-being. Began by Paulie Zink who was a martial art expert and a Taoist yoga teacher, a yoga of this kind calms and balances the mind and body of a practitioner. It helps you become more patient, relaxed and focus.
4 Bikram Yoga: This style of yoga will make you sweat profusely detoxifying your body from all impurities. Carried out in a heated room up to 105 Fahrenheit with a humidity of 40%, 26 postures, 2 breath exercises are performed for 90 minutes. Bikram yoga founded by Bikram Choudhury includes the following benefits: greater strength, increased flexibility, better posture, and enhanced mental clarity and focus.
5 Jivamukti Yoga: Jivamukti yoga is a style created by David Life and Sharon Gannon which is more than a yoga practice–it is a lifestyle. The style consists of physical, spiritual, ethical aspects with five core tenets: shastra (scriptures), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (non-violence), nada (music) and dhyana (meditation). The classes of this particular style start by setting focus followed by chanting, breath awareness, and meditation.
6 Iyengar Yoga: The yoga style of precision as a strong emphasis is laid on alignment, yoga postures, and pranayama details. Developed and named after B.K.S Iyengar, the yoga poses in this style are often modified with the use of yoga props and are held for a longer duration.
7 Hatha Yoga: A popular style of yoga that focuses on physical practices. The word Hatha means ‘force’ in Sanskrit and aims to unify the opposite solar and lunar energies within us. This style of yoga focuses on yoga postures, pranayama, and meditation. It confers you with physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
8 Ashtanga Yoga: Popularly known as power yoga. Began by K.Pattabhi Jois, the style consists of a series of progressive postures interlinked with the breath. The practice of Ashtanga yoga involves a predefined routine consisting of four main parts: opening series, 6 main sequences (depending upon the level), back-bending sequence and closing sequence.
9 Vinyasa Flow Yoga: This style of yoga emphasizes upon coordinating the movements with the breath, creates a flow of yoga postures which involves smooth and steady transitions from one to another. A dance-like routine is created known as moving meditation. The nature of the classes depends upon the creativity of the instructor. Your yoga teacher can keep the movements slow-paced or both fast and intense depending upon the level.
Depending upon your interest, select and practice any of these styles of yoga to get rewarded with health and fulfillment