Different Types of Yoga and their Benefits


Nowadays, are so many different types of yoga that became a bit problematic situation that many types confuse  

beginners. 

To choose which one is appropriate for each individual, we must first understand and get to know some of the varieties available and match that person’s physical and spiritual goals and health condition.

Below we listed and explain the most popular types of yoga in short, so you can better understand it and select better your following classes.

Iyengar Yoga

This modality of yoga is solely focused on aligning the body, using precise movements. Here we often use some props like blocks and straps to assist those that are not so flexible. 

 The props aim to aid the students to do the poses comfortably and effectively.

As in Iyengar yoga, the main focus is alignment and self-awareness. It brings the sensation of oneness, which grows with time. That is why we often recommended it to people who suffer from neck and pain due to the slow flow and attention to each movement.

It can be practice as a foundation to a better knowledge of the classic asanas, making it easier to change to another style in the future.

Ashtanga Yoga

Also called Power Yoga, it focuses on powerful movement, movements that need strength and releases plenty of stamina. 

This style of yoga is for those looking for a more challenging type of practice or add some more balance and increase their concentration to their routine.

We from Fit Vybes offer weekly Ashtanga and Vinyasa classes on Zoom, check it here.

Bikram Yoga

 

Participants are invited to endure the practice in a room heated up to 105ºF and 40% humidity, trying to replicate the climate in India.

It consists of 26 poses and two breathing exercises, always done in the same order, during a class of 90 minutes in length.

Besides the traditional benefits of all the other yoga practices, it pumps much more blood and oxygen into our heart, lungs, and muscles because of its intense heat.

Because of the strain placed on the body when vigorously exercising in the heat, remember that these types of yoga are not suitable for those with cardiovascular diseases.

Viniyoga

Here the individual has their breath, and movement adapts to his/her necessities and capacities, seeking a balance between both.  

It’s often recommended for those with back problems or neck injuries because they can be adjusted to anyone.

Raja Yoga

Raja yoga aims for liberation through meditation. These types of yoga are only for those people who are capable of intense concentration.

Because the individual, while practicing it, seeks the bliss being undisturbed, peace, natural state of calm.

Bhakti yoga

Commonly known as devotional yoga, its focus on self-surrender in the face of the divine.

It’s a way of becoming oneness, learn and practice self-realization; here is where we can experience love for love’s sake.

Here the focus is the practice of loving devotion to any personal deity. It’s one of the three paths that lead towards Moksha – the other two are Jnana yoga and Karma yoga.

There are different ways of practicing Bhakti yoga, such as kirtan (chanting the name of the God), prayers, Japa (repetition of a mantra), and the devotion to the divine in all aspects of our beings.

Mantra yoga

Being one of the paths towards Moksha, based on the “yoga of action,” it’s also called the “yoga of potent sound .” 

These types of yoga aim at liberation through the verbal or mental repetition of empowered sounds, such as “om,” “hum,” or “ram.” 

The individual must act unselfishly, without expecting anything in return, detaching itself from any fruits or personal gains, but work consistently according to dharma.

There are so many yoga institutions to choose from, almost at the same velocity as humanity moves forward and technology evolution takes us daily into a “new quick thing,” yoga teachers, styles, and classes are popping before our eyes.

Before going into a class, it is also an excellent idea to discuss with the teacher first regarding their beliefs, what philosophy they follow, and observing if they “live what they preach,” so you won’t get dragged into a trap.

What is your favorite type of yoga? Or which one are you curious about?

If you are curious about yoga, I suggest the book Yoga: The Yoga Beginner’s Bible: Top 63 Illustrated Poses for Weight Loss, Stress Relief and Inner Peace (yoga for beginners, yoga books, meditation, mindfulness, … yoga anatomy, fitness books Book 1) which is easy to read has different suggestions for a diversity of issues, explained in an easy way.

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