The different types of yoga

Author: Female For Life | 01 Feb 2014

Tagged: Exercise, Fitness, Gym Clothes, Track Pants, Womens Activewear, Yoga Pants

So I recently wrote a blog Is Yoga for Me and I thought I should qualify that a bit more as there are many different types of yoga (who knew) that are massively different so it’s a good idea to find the right one. I will focus this article on the types of yoga most commonly practiced in Australia to make it easier for us down unders.

Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga is made up of several components including asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, disciplines, purification procedures and gestures, although in most yoga classes in the west, it is the first 3 that are focused on. Routines are slow moving and tend to focus on building both mental and physical strength.

Bikram Yoga: This is an adapted form of Hatha Yoga where each class runs for 90 minutes and is identical in that the same 26 postures and 2 breathing techniques are practiced. The room is also heated to 40°C at 40% humidity.

Abdominal stretchVinyasa (Flow) Yoga: is a rigorous, fairly fast moving form of yoga where each movement flows into the next. Vinyasa focuses more on the breathe and the transition of the breathe inbetween each movement rather than the posture itself.

Power Yoga: / Ashtanga Yoga: is a physically challenging form of yoga. Due to the increased strength required for these classes it is preferred by men and those already fairly fit. Schools who teach this form of yoga often have a set series of postures that continue repeatedly so those attending simply join and leave.

Iyengar Yoga: This form of yoga using a lot of props. Blocks, harnesses, straps and cushions are used to ensure alignment is perfect making this form of yoga great for physical therapy.

Prenatal Yoga: Prenatal yoga comprises a set of yoga postures that are ideally suited for pregnancy s they focus on the core and breathing and don’t cause any pressure on the tummy. If you are expecting – this is the ONLY type of yoga you should be practicing unless you have a relationship already with a yoga teacher who can guide you appropriately and safely.

Plus Size yoga: whilst not a form of yoga in itself, its important to mention that those carrying extra love may find many traditional yoga postures challenging or uncomfortable so read this blog: Best Yoga poses for plus size women Image 1335for more information on yoga for plus size women.

Whilst the form of yoga perfect for you is important, so is finding the correct yoga instructor. All yoga instructors have to go through a minimum of 500 hrs of training, however, finding a good teacher is like finding a good therapist – they have to be right for you and your body.

Namaste!

Comments

Yuki said on: 12th September 2014, 12:36am

Yoga for weight loss dendeps on what of type of Yoga you are doing. There is the Bikram Yoga and POwer Yoga that gets your heart pumping. Other yogas are focused on the poses and will not really make you sweat at all.I have been doing poweryoga/yogilates for a year. I have 3 to 4 dress size but only 15 lbs all in all (might be because of muscle gain) but I combined yoga with cardio. Just recently, i took my running seriously and was engaged with rowing and strength training, and most of the inches lost I may say is because of that.But yoga is the PERFECT SUPPLEMENT for all this. With yoga, I am able to breath properly and apply proper alignment during , thus making my workout more effective.

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