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Achieving Wellness through Yoga: The Eight Most Popular Yoga Styles

Scanning your gym’s class schedule for a good yoga class is sometimes confusing. How do you know the difference between Hot Yoga and Ashtanga? Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga? The following is a guide to the several styles of yoga being taught these days.

ANUSARA

John Friend in 1997, Anusara yoga is fairly new. Inspired by the thought that we all have inherent goodness, Anusara wants to use yoga to help students accept this fact and let their inner goodness reveal itself.

ASHTANGA

Ashtanga is based on very old yoga teachings, but it was delivered to the U.S.in the 1970s by K. It’s a very strict yoga approach that keeps to a particular order of postures and is similar to vinyasa yoga, where every movement is attached to a breath. The single difference is that Ashtanga is always performed in the same exact order for the the same exact poses.

BIKRAM

At least thirty years back, Bikram Choudhury built this 26-pose school of yoga, where classes were done in rooms with artificial heating. Like Ashtanga, a Bikram class follows the same sequence all the time, though a Bikram sequence is unique from an Ashtanga sequence.

HATHA

Hatha yoga is a general term that means any type of yoga that focuses on physical postures. In most cases, yoga classes in the U.S. are actually Hatha yoga. If you see an ad for a Hatha yoga class, that means they are teaching the most basic yoga postures.

HOT YOGA

In general, the one difference between a Bikram and a hot yoga class is that hot yoga departs from Bikram’s sequence in some minor way, and so it has to be called by a new name. The space will be heated and you will sweat profusely, so the mats and accessories to be used should be particularly intended for hot yoga classes.

YENGARIYENGARIYENGAR

Invented by B.K.S. An Iyengar studio helps student look for the proper alignment by stocking a whole range of yoga props, such as blocks, straps, bolsters and more.

RESTORATIVERESTORATIVERESTORATIVE

Restorative yoga is a nice way to relax and smoothen out your nerves. Also called yin yoga, restorative classes make use of bolsters, blankets, and blocks to assist students into passive poses, allowing the body to enjoy the benefits of a pose not having having to put in any effort. A well-picked restorative class is more refreshing than a nap.

VINYASA

Vinyasa classes are known for teaching fluid and movement-packed techniques. Vinyasa teachers conduct their classes while ensuring smooth pose to pose transitions, with the intention of connecting breath to movement. It certainly gets puzzling to select the best yoga class when there’s a ton of options available to you. But when you understand every one of them and especially your own needs, making a wise decision shouldn’t be so difficult.

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