Although most yoga practices
have common roots and adhere to the eight limbs of yoga, different styles of
yoga may emphasize different things. Here
are some common yoga styles:
Hatha Yoga is
the classic yoga that promotes the body/mind connection and connects breath with
the postures. Most other yoga styles
are derived from Hatha yoga.
uses postures and breath to awaken, experience, and control the subtle energies
of the body. Gentle and inward, it
also uses silent affirmations while in the asanas.
Yoga is physically demanding as participants move through a challenging
series of poses, jumping form one posture to another to build strength,
flexibility and stamina.
is noted for great attention to detail, posture, and alignment as well as use of
yoga props like blocks and belts. Teachers
train for three years.
Bikram Yoga or
hot yoga is practiced in a mirrored room heated to 105° F and with 40 per cent
humidity. Twenty-six postures are
practiced in the same order and each posture is generally performed twice during
the 90-minute practice.
combines the foundation of traditional yoga with hot yoga and adds community,
environmental awareness, and meditative components.
A structured series of forty postures is taught in a fluid style in 60 or
Yoga offers a deep stretch of the connective tissues, frequently of the
hips, pelvis, and lower spine; postures are often held longer that in other yoga
combines the gently flowing movement of Tai Chi, the energized breathing of
Qigong, the deep stretching of yoga and the calm serenity of meditation.