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Yoga: A Guide to Different Yoga Styles

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With so so so many types of yoga available, it can be hard to know which one is right for you.

Whether you are looking for something more relaxing or more challenging, there's sure a type of yoga that will suit your needs and body.

Today we'll explore the different types of yoga, from the most popular to the latest trend, and I hope this post will help you pick.

Bonus : I've created a free quiz if you want to discover which style is best for you.

Yoga Uncovered: Overview

Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago and has since spread worldwide. It combines breathing techniques, postures, and meditation to create balance and harmony within the body.

Back then, Patanjali, known as the "father of yoga," developed a system called Ashtanga Yoga including physical postures (asanas), breathwork (pranayama), and meditation, providing a comprehensive framework for personal and spiritual growth.

Modern yoga, while often focusing on the physical aspects, is just the tip of the iceberg and over time, yoga has evolved into various styles that we practice today.

The Most Popular Styles

Ashtanga & Iyengar Yoga

Ashtanga was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the early 1900s and is widely considered to be one of the most rigorous, physically demanding forms of yoga.

It consists of 6 different sequences. You start with the primary series and graduate to the next level when you have mastered it.

Iyengar yoga is a form of yoga that has been around since the 1970s. It was developed by BKS Iyengar and focuses on precise and detailed movements.

If you're the type who enjoys a structured routine and wants to push your limits, these could be your perfect match. I tell you more in this article.

Power Yoga

Power Yoga is this energetic, fast-paced spin on traditional yoga that's been gaining a lot of popularity. In a typical session, the flows are designed to build strength and increase stamina. 

Perfect for anyone who loves a good sweat and wants to add a little oomph to their yoga routine. I tell you more in this article.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga embraces a gentle rhythm, emphasizing the breath, deliberate movements, and mindful stretching. I tell you more in this article.

Restorative & Yin Yoga

Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation using props.

Yin yoga involves holding poses for longer periods to enhance flexibility, reduce stress, and cultivate mindfulness. I tell you more in this article.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga incorporates pranayama, mantras, chanting, and meditation to awaken internal energy and connect with the spiritual self. It's a powerful practice that can facilitate personal transformation. I tell you more in this article.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga, a special twist on Hatha Yoga. You're in a 90-minute class going through 26 basic but powerful asanas, all in a room heated to a toasty 40°C with 40% humidity.

If you're up for a challenge and a good sweat, Bikram Yoga might just be your new go-to for wellness.

Exploring More Yoga "Unconventional" Styles

Aerial Yoga

Aerial Yoga combines the basics of yoga with aerial arts. You use a hammock suspended from the ceiling, allowing you to float and flow through the air.

It helps in decompressing the spine, improving circulation, and refining balance. It's a playful yet powerful way to experience freedom of movement.

SUP Yoga

Stand Up Paddle board Yoga takes your practice to the water. Balancing on a paddle board while performing yoga poses adds a challenging and fun twist, enhancing core stability and balance.

Drunk Yoga

This trend combines yoga with moderate alcohol, typically wine. Drunk yoga is not an official form of yoga and is not recommended by any yoga experts. Drunk yoga should not be seen as a substitute for traditional yoga practice.

Goat Yoga

In Goat Yoga, people do their yoga poses while hanging out with little goats. Everyone seems to be into it, but honestly, I don't get the hype. It's hard to believe they call it yoga. It's just one of those fancy variations that strays farther and farther from the true essence and purpose of yoga.

Wrapping up 

Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned yogi, there's always something exciting to explore on your mat. Don't hesitate – give it a go! And if you already have one style down pat, don't be afraid to mix things up and try new styles too! 

FREE YOGA STYLE QUIZ : Curious about which yoga style resonates with your unique personality and lifestyle? Find Your Flow: Discover Your Ideal Yoga Style

Thank you, as always, for reading. AND for inviting me to be a part of your world.

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