Types Yoga Practices

Types Yoga Practices

Yoga in Its Origins

From the ancient writings in Sanskrit, also called the Yogasutras of Patanjali, we can deduce practicing the first forms of yoga as early as 5,000 years ago. The word "yoga" is derived from the word "yuj" in Sanskrit, which means the union of individual consciousness with the universal consciousness or the individual mind. Initially, yoga originated in India and had a spiritual bent.

Apart from the exercises and postures practiced with yoga, this ancient Indian yoga aims to balance body and mind. Yoga is therefore strongly linked to traditional Indian Ayurveda, meditation and breathing techniques (pranayama). Which means are used and what the approach depends on the form of yoga. In yoga, several well-known movements have emerged.

 

Yoga

Yoga is a discipline with many faces. More than physical activity, it is also a true philosophy, a path to virtue that opens up to each of us. Practicing an appropriate form can awaken the body's regenerative properties and provide extra vital energy, a better physical feeling, and a more positive outlook on life.

 

Types of Yoga

There are many different types of yoga, but we'll touch on the most popular ones:

 

Hatha yoga

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned yogi: the classic hatha yoga, mother of all yoga forms, is a good, quiet basic class. In Hatha yoga, all different aspects of yoga are covered, from breathing exercises (pranayama) to the various postures (asanas) and meditation. It offers an excellent general basis for moving on to the other types of yoga classes.

 

Ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga yoga works from eight different yoga disciplines, based on the Eightfold Path of Patanjali described in the yoga sutras. Within ashtanga, yoga attention is paid to virtue, purity (body and mind), asanas, breathing, sensory control, concentration and meditation, with the ultimate goal of surrender and happiness. An ashtanga yoga class varies in intensity and dynamics, making it an excellent follow-up step after hatha yoga.

 

Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga is part of the ashtanga yoga described above, which focuses more on the breath and how to apply it during the different asanas. It is a very dynamic form of yoga, in which you do various postures in series. The transition between the different asanas is called vinyasa. Hence the name vinyasa (flow) yoga. A vinyasa class is often (physically) intensive.

 

Bikram yoga

In the room where bikram yoga is given, it is 38 to 40° Celsius. This stimulates blood circulation and increases physical possibilities. bikram yoga is a good form of yoga to become supple faster and to remedy or prevent injuries. It is a type of yoga that demands a lot from your body: you sweat a lot. Some people have trouble breathing in the beginning because of the heat. This form of yoga is therefore challenging and not suitable for everyone.

 

Kundalini yoga

Kundalini stands for the life energy present in the body and can be activated and strengthened through yoga exercises. It is a healing energy that can bring you into balance and expand your consciousness. In a kundalini class, dynamic body exercises are combined with powerful breathing techniques, mantras (healing sounds) and meditations.

 

Yin yoga

Yin yoga is a hugely popular quiet yoga form that offers relaxation for many people in these stressful times. Yin refers to the lunar energy: feminine, intuitive and at peace. The various postures are held for a long time, and a lot of attention is paid to yoga philosophy. Yin is often used as an additional training after other forms of yoga.

Besides the yin, the yin and yang yoga are combination classes of yin (lunar energy) and yang (solar energy: masculine, with action and dynamics). The search for balance and equilibrium is central to yin and yang yoga. The class starts with some gentle yin postures with a deep stretch. Then it switches to the yang flow, where the energy in the body is activated. Like most yoga classes, this class is always completed with a final relaxation, also called savasana. All of this together brings balance to the body and mind.

 

Vini yoga

In vini yoga, also called mindful yoga, the focus is on the meditative performance of the asanas. Classes focus on spinal health, freedom of breathing and the meditative aspect that can help with this. You learn to respectfully listen to the language of your body and let yourself be guided by the rocking rhythm of the breath. A class that is mainly about working within your possibilities and doing this as consciously as possible.

 

Iyengar yoga

Its precise elaboration of the postures distinguishes this method. All postures are covered and examined in detail. The standing poses are the most important in iyengar yoga. They strengthen the legs the arms and at the same time give flexibility to the joints. To support the body, tools such as blocks, straps, blankets, chairs and so on are used. An iyengar yoga class is dynamic and is built up logically, working on holding asanas for a long time.

 

Critical Alignment yoga

The Dutchman Gert van Leeuwen is the founder of CAY. His method, like iyengar's, is precise and uses rolls and strips to prepare the back for the technical, profoundly meditative and logically constructed postures. Critical Alignment is growing rapidly in recent years because of its technical precision. Essential Alignment yoga pays much attention to the connections and chains of movement in the body.

 

Anusara yoga

The word anusara freely translated, means 'to move with the natural flow of the heart', or in other words: follow your heart. On the mat, you are invited to discover who you are deep inside and connect with this. Essential aspects in the anusara class are pleasure, joy, light, connection and unity. We work on balancing postures, in which joyful and dancing energy is central.

 

Acro yoga

Acro yoga combines the spirituality of yoga with the playfulness of acrobatics and the relaxation of Thai massage. In an acro yoga class, you are very intensely involved with others in practicing acrobatic yoga postures. It's all about trust, cooperation and discovering new possibilities.

 

Power yoga

In power yoga, the emphasis is much more on the physical side of yoga. All exercises are performed fast, improving your fitness, strength and flexibility and burning calories. The mental side of yoga is hardly dealt with here. It is for this reason that power yoga is often found in gyms and sports clubs.

 

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