Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Below are the 9 types of yoga you need to know.
1. Hatha Yoga
Hatha yoga also called Haṭhavidyā , is a branch of yoga. The word haṭha (lit. “force”) denotes a system of physical techniques supplementary to a broad conception of yoga. Hatha yoga is associated with the Dashanami Sampradaya and the mystical figure of Dattatreya.
2. Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyāsa is a Sanskrit term often employed in relation to certain styles of yoga, that usually refers to a transition between two different positions. The term vinyāsa may be broken down into its Sanskritic roots to assist in decoding its meaning. Nyasa denotes “to place” and vi denotes “in a special way.” Like many Sanskrit words, vinyāsa is a term that has many meanings.
3. Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar Yoga, named after and developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama).
4. Ashtanga Yoga
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century which is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga posture is merely one branch, breath or pranayama is another.
5. Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises.
6. Hot Yoga
Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Often associated with the style devised by Bikram Choudhury, hot yoga is now used to describe any number of yoga styles that use heat to increase an individual’s flexibility in the poses.
7. Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga also known as laya yoga, is a school of yoga that is influenced by Shaktism and Tantra schools of Hinduism. It derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama, chanting mantra and yoga asana.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
9. Restorative Yoga
Restorative Yoga is different from other yoga practices. Restorative yoga helps in relaxing the muscles as we hardly move and do a few postures in the course of time. It is antidote to stress.