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14th Oct 2011, 02:37 AM #1
you may know that you want to practice yoga, but be baffled about all the different types you've heard of or seen listed on the schedule at the gym. Although all these types of yoga are based on the same poses, there are some major differences between them. Find the style of yoga that will best suit your body and personality here.
Ashtanga is the original fast-moving, flowing style of yoga that is so popular today. Ashtanga is rigorous, requiring daily practice and a willingness to work within its strict sequence of poses. Those who stick with it usually become devoted practitioners.
In Ashtanga yoga, each practice begins with sun salutations. First comes several rounds of surya namaskara A, followed by several of surya namaskara B. These sequences are used in many other vinyasa yoga traditions as well.
Bikram Yoga - Hot Yoga
Vinyasa yoga classes taught in heated rooms are very popular, especially the method taught by yoga master Bikram Choudhury.
Iyengar Yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, an Indian yoga master.
. Iyengar yoga was developed by the yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar empasizes alignment and encourages the use of yoga props.
David Life and Sharon Gannon are the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, which they have been teaching out of their New York City yoga center since 1989. This style, which blends vigorous vinyasa practice with spiritual teachings, chanting, and an emphasis on how to bring yoga's philosophy into daily life, is at the forefront of yoga's current popularity.
Kundalini yoga is an ancient form of yoga that has only been practiced in the west relatively recently. Kundalini is one of the more spiritual types of yoga. It goes beyond the physical performance of poses with its emphasis on breathing, meditation, and chanting.
Power Yoga is a general term used in the west to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Vinyasa-style yoga.
You say vinyasa, I say Kripalu. Everyone has a favorite yoga style, the one that just resonates with your physical and spiritual needs.
T. Krishnamacharya the father of modern yoga. His development of a unique approach to hatha yoga, together with his tireless promotion and exceptional acolytes, led directly to yoga's increased availability to Western students.
AntiGravity Yoga is the leading proprietorial method in the aerial yoga trend. Developed by former gymnast and dancer Christopher Harrison, AntiGravity Yoga provides a workout that allows you to stretch and strengthen without overstressing your joints or compressing your vertebrae.
The key to AntiGravity Yoga is the hammock, a swath of silky fabric that acts as your support system.
Founded in 1997 by American yogi John Friend, Anusara (which means "flowing with grace") is very popular in the U.S. and increasingly available in Europe and Asia
a philosophy, derived from Tantra, that all beings are inherently good.
a vinyasa-style practice that emphasizes heart-opening and the application of the Universal Principals of Alignment, Friend's system for explaining the correct positioning for each yoga pose.
Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions.
Although yoga asana classes are open to people of any religion, classes aimed specifically at Christians are becoming increasingly popular in the Unites States. Some devout Christians find themselves uncomfortable with yoga's vestiges of Hinduism, including the use of Sanskrit terminology and devotional chants. Others see yoga's ability to quiet the mind as an opportunity to seek a deeper relationship with their Christian faith and enjoy classes that foster that bond.
Forrest Yoga is the invention of west-coast yoga teacher Ana Forrest. Known for her acrobatic, dance-like yoga demonstrations, Forrest drew upon her personal history of abuse, epilepsy, alcoholism, and bulimia to create an intensely physical vinyasa-style practice that aims to heal psychic wounds.
Hatha, it will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.
Integral yoga follows the teachings of Sri Swami Sachidananda, who came to the United States from India in the 1960s and eventually founded many Integral Yoga Institutes and the famed Yogaville Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia. Integral is a gentle, hatha practice, and classes often also include breathing exercises, chanting, kriyas, and meditation.
The name Kripalu is associated both with a style of hatha yoga and a yoga and wellness center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Both were founded by yoga guru Amrit Desai, who came to the United States from India in 1960. Kripalu was named for Desai's teacher, Sri Kripalvananda, a Kundalini yoga master.
Kripalu is a gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows into daily life
Laughter Yoga is one of the latest yoga-inspired trends, as evidenced by recent features on the Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. But although it originated in India and definitely includes laughing, don't expect much yoga if you attend a Laughter Yoga class.
the method originated in 1995 when Dr. Madan Kataria, having written on the health benefits of laughter, convened a group of students in a Mumbai, India park to test whether incorporating regular laughter into people's lives would improve their well-being
Moksha Hot Yoga was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2004 by yoga teachers Ted Grant and Jessica Robertson. Though a relative newcomer, Moksha has quickly gained popularity
A form of hot yoga, the Moksha series of about 40 poses begins and ends with savasana
In restorative yoga, props are used for support the body so that you can hold poses for longer, allowing you to open your body through passive stretching. Restorative postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining.
Sivananda Yoga follows the teachings of Swami Sivananda, as brought to the west by his disciple Swami Vishnu-devananda. Vishnu-devananda came to the United States in 1957, making Sivananda an important part of yoga's first wave of popularity outside India.
The Sivananda method is based upon five principles:
1. Proper exercise (Asana, focusing on twelve poses in particular)
2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
4. Proper diet (Vegetarian)
Tantra and Anusara
Tantra is the philosophical basis of Anusara yoga, whose foundation is a life-affirming, non-dual form of Tantra that we call Shiva-Shakti Tantra. It is a modern synthesis of principles of Hindu Tantra and cutting edge science.
Viniyoga (not to be confused with vinyasa yoga) is all about adaptation. Viniyoga is based on the guru/student model, in which an experienced teacher works individually with each student, making a personalized yoga program for them based on such factors as health, age, and physical condition, including past or current injuries
Vinyasa Yoga - Flow Yoga
The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
In Yin Yoga, poses are held for several minutes at a time in order to the stretch the connective tissue around the joints. The most prominent advocate of Yin Yoga is the American teacher Paul Grilley
Tao Yin, meditation techniques in Taoism. Traditionally and historically speaking, Daoyin practices are stretching exercises, and static postures, usually combined with breath-work. Many Daoyin practices involve very specific breathing patterns
Isha Yoga designed by yogi Jakki vasudev , known as Inner Engineering offers a comprehensive program for an individual’s personal growth. Isha Yoga programs are based on tested, scientific principles. They offer tools for optimal health, emotional well-being and professional excellence.
From the principles of Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga teaches that all action, kri, is done by the indwelling soul, ya. Continuous awareness of the power of the indwelling soul can transform all activity into worship. Awareness that the soul must inhale every breath leads to mind control and liberation.
16th Oct 2011, 05:31 PM #2
Re: yoga sytles
Thanks 4 sharing Viji.....
In reality there is only Now. If you know how to handle this moment you know how to handle the whole eternity-Jaggi vasudev .
17th Oct 2011, 12:23 PM #3
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