During circumstances such as the present, figuring out how to back off and take a full breath appears fundamental. Maybe, hence, Yoga is getting progressively mainstream and is not, at this point, training held for fanatics of Eastern convictions. But are all types of Yoga the same? What benefits have been scientifically proven? What difference is there between them? These are just some of the doubts that may arise while discovering how many types of Yoga there are.
The word Yoga means ‘strength’, and its origin is uncertain. There are three historical schools of Yoga, and Hatha Yoga is precisely the oldest of the school of Hinduism. This type of Yoga is where many of those we know today are framed, fundamentally focused on the physical aspect.
This practice focuses on asanas, or postures, pranayama, or breathing, instead of other types of Yoga that deal with different aspects, such as Buddhist Yoga or tantra.
This type of Yoga, in addition to postures and breathing, incorporates meditation techniques and mantras. It is based on the repetition of a sequence and continuous breathing to put in motion the energy from the first to the last chakra (each one of the energy centres of the human body that governs the organic, psychic and emotional functions). It is based on various paths of Yoga (not only Hatha) but also has physical and spiritual components.
What can people be interested in kundalini? It is a good practice for those who have high stress levels and can benefit from meditative practices to combat their symptoms.
This word could be translated as ‘align concretely’. Derived from Hatha, this type of Yoga aims to synchronize breathing and movement to create certain fluidity. It is an adaptation of the ashtanga that has been practised since the eighties, leading to other variants such as power yoga. This style is perfect for those who want to strengthen their muscles and learn new postures and a different sequence in each class.
In this modality, the eight stages of Yoga are worked, including moral precepts and ethical disciplines, including postures, breathing and meditation. It is characterized by a sequence in which each pose is held for much longer than in other styles, helping students to refine them individually. This Yoga is much slower than others and infers a lot of flexibility, making it ideal for people in rehabilitation for injuries and chronic pain.
The yogi Bikram Chourdy was the inventor of this modality, in which a sequence of asanas from the Hatha is repeated in a room at 40 ° C. In addition to the benefits of Yoga, it can also help vasodilation and elimination of toxins from the body, although this last benefit has not been scientifically proven. Hot Yoga derives from this modality, which is differentiated because the sequence used varies in each class. Most of the theory proves that health and Yoga relate to each other.
The synchronization of the breath with the movements is the basis of this modality. This is possibly one of the most physical styles, along with vinyasa. It is also related to the physical effort of its sequences, detoxifies the body and helps blood circulation and strengthening the upper body.
This is one of the slower varieties of Yoga and places particular emphasis on the joints of the body and the deeper tissues of the skin. Its meditative incentive means that it can also help combat anxiety and stress as well as increase relaxation. This type of Yoga is also great for beginners.
Those who want to get rid of tension can try restorative Yoga, which will help muscle relaxation through stretches. In addition, there are passive and active modalities within this type of Yoga, the first being for static postures in which different accessories such as blocks, ribbons, etc., are used. It is very beneficial for people in the process of physical rehabilitation and can also be helpful for pregnant women.
Yoga is often understood in part as an area restricted to performing physical postures (asana). From this point of view, its usefulness is only perceived on a material level, ignoring the benefits it brings in terms of spirituality and spirituality. The path will be easier and more comfortable if you balance all aspects of your life.