Article by Andrew Holtom
Copyright (c) 2011 Andrew Holtom
Most people are under the misconception that there is only one style of yoga. This is, however, not true. There are many different types of Yoga that are commonly practiced around the world. The four largest types of Yoga are the following styles: Bikram, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini and Hatha. These will be the most common Yoga styles that you will be able to find in your local gyms or wellness centers. We’re quickly going to cover the different aspects of each of these styles and their alternative benefits.
Bikram Yoga: Bikram is slightly more different than the other types of Yoga. The Yoga is practiced in a room that has been heated to 105 Degrees. This idea is practiced because people believe that the muscles will become loose and that the sweat will help cleanse the body. By cleansing the body it is getting rid of any symptoms of disease and even helping cure chronic pain. However, since you are straining your body under these conditions, it’s critical that you speak to a physician before starting this type of Yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga: Ashtanga is also known in the Yoga circles as Power Yoga. This is the type of Yoga that is used to help you build endurance and strength. They are usually very aggressive workouts and you need to be able to move quickly from one pose to another pose. There is little to no emphasis on meditation with this particular style of Yoga. The only time you try out this sort of workout is when you want to challenge yourself with something physically demanding.
Hatha Yoga: Hatha Yoga has long been considered the most practiced type of Yoga performed in the United States. It is the style that is most recommended to beginners. It is generally a very gentle practice of smooth and calculated poses. These poses are also known as asanas. Hatha Yoga is recommended if you want to learn how to stretch and slowly work your muscles. It helps get your body into the right balance and alignment. Hatha also helps relieve stress and hig h blood pressure.
Kundalini Yoga: Kundalini Yoga is the type of yoga that strongly uses rapid movements. This is done with an emphasize on poses and breathing, mediating and chanting. This type of Yoga definitely has a more spiritual feel to it. It focuses on balancing the inner energy of your body. Kundalini is much more challenging than Hatha Yoga and is not recommended for complete beginners.
If you’re looking into getting into Yoga then consider these different types of Yoga before picking a specific class. If you’re gym or local Yoga class doesn’t say what style they ask – go and ask. It won’t harm to know which specific style you are practicing. Make sure that you find the right class or DVD of the specific type Yoga Styles you want. All of these Yoga styles have the same benefits but they all focus on helping you achieve different goals.
About the Author
Andrew Holtom is an experienced practitioner of the pilates exercises. View his range of DVDs on Pilates and Yoga on his site. For further information visit http://www.getfitwithpilates.com where you can download a free eBook worth £9.95 and claim a massive discount on our range of DVD’s.