It’s easy to say that we do yoga, but do we have any idea what kind of yoga we are practicing?
Sometimes yes, because those who are immersed in the atmosphere of the courses taught by instructors who follow one or the other discipline are already informed. Sometimes however, those who approach these practices for the first time must choose which technique to follow without knowing what’s best for them. Often the decision depends only on the availability of courses at hand. But if the choice offered is wider, here are the most common types of yoga and their characteristics.
The room is very heated so as to facilitate the mobility of muscles and joints. The positions are intended to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments. The movements are repeated and no new positions are experienced. This technique improves flexibility and trains numerous muscle groups. However, it is not recommended for those suffering from high blood pressure and those who cannot stand high temperatures.
It is the most classic and widespread method, the one for everyone. It pursues balance and strength and from here arise all the modern interpretations of the oriental discipline that today has branched out into a thousand different variations, mixed with other sports. It is based on the care of posture, breathing, meditation. The positions include stretching and muscular contractions. You can practice at any age.
It is one of the most challenging techniques, it requires a lot of balance and strength. The positions are more or less eighty and are learned over time. Training is more vigorous and requires balance, strength and agility. The results are excellent but it is recommended for those who are young and already trained.
Yoga meets dance and dance techniques. You practice with music, the positions combine with each other creating a sort of choreography. The poses are those of hatha yoga, but creatively revised in a choreographic composition that makes the training more dynamic, in fact.
One of the most traditional techniques that leaves more space for meditation instead of physical exercise. The aim is to achieve a state of relaxation that sharpens consciousness, concentration, the development of memory and creativity.
Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques and meditation into a structured and ideal practice for those who want to become aware of their body and mind thanks to a series of physical and mental actions that stimulate the nervous system, the glandular system and the chakras.
Above we have listed some of the types of Yoga without going to see them all, just to give you an idea of the most practiced. If you are still in doubt as to which type of Yoga is most suitable for you, you can look at the image from yogatrail.com which explains very well in detail and will guide your choice based on what your age and physical condition are.
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