Types of Yoga

What are the Main Types of Yoga?

What are the Main Types of Yoga?

So you’re thinking of trying yoga? Great! No matter which form you choose, you are sure to get a good workout. However, it is important to make safety a priority. If you have any underlying medical conditions or physical limitations, some yogas will be better for you than others. In fact, certain kinds of yoga can be downright dangerous. Continue reading

Bikram Yoga

Bikram YogaThere are a number of different kinds of yoga being taught these days, some ancient, and others modern. Bikram is a modern invention derived from Hatha yoga, the most traditional form of yoga that dates back more than 5,000 years.

Bikram is also commonly referred to as hot yoga, though not all hot yoga studios these days are Bikram. Bikram (pronounced BEAK-Rahm), was founded by Bengali yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury, who came to the US in the 1970s via Hawaii and California.

Bikram is relatively simple in some ways because it uses only 2 Hatha breathing exercises and 26 Hatha yoga postures out of the thousands available. They are done in the same sequence every lesson, earning Bikram the popular name of bootcamp.

Yoga means union, the union of body, mind, and spirit. Bikram focuses on the physical. Also unlike the principles of yoga, Bikram is competitive, with participants struggling to do the perfect pose. Continue reading

Introduction to Hatha Yoga

Introduction to Hatha Yoga

There are a number of different kinds of yoga, some ancient, and others modern inventions which emphasize different aspect of yoga.

Yoga means union, the union of mind, body and spirit. The best yogas will combine them all. However, many types of yoga focus mainly on the poses, or asanas, the physical side of yoga. Hatha yoga is an ancient form of yoga with thousands of positions to learn, but it also focuses on concentration union of all aspects of humanity, within ourselves, and in relation to all other living beings. Continue reading