They are well over 8 types of Yoga each of them diverse in their movements. There are practices that are warm, hot, and downright sweaty and there are those that move to each breath or stay in one position for many breaths. The bigger question is “what is Yoga for me?”. These are some of the well known styles of Yoga.
- Ashtanga Yoga
Physically challenging yoga to build strength, flexibility, and stamina. Also called Power Yoga.
- Bikram Yoga
A rigorous form of Yoga performed in a hot environment.
- Hatha Yoga
Many styles spring from Hatha Yoga. It is the Yoga of physical well-being, designed to balance body, mind, and spirit.
- Iyengar Yoga
This Yoga style focuses on the body and how it works. It is noted for attention to detail, precise alignment of postures, and the use of props.
- Integral Yoga
A gentle variation to Hatha Yoga. So called because it seeks to integrate the mind, body, and spirit, is intended to give students the tools they need to live peaceful, healthy, joyful, useful lives.
- Kundalini Yoga
Chanting and breathing are emphasized over postures in this ancient practice designed to awaken and control the release of kundalini energy.
- Sivananda Yoga
Relaxed and gentle yoga that encourages a healthy lifestyle: proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, and positive thinking with meditation.
- Power Yoga
A general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Vinyasa-style yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
Postures characterized by a focus on dynamic connecting posture, that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures. Vinyasa translates as linking and the system also implies the linking of the movement to the breath.
- Laughter Yoga
One of the latest Yoga inspired trends. Although it originated in India and definitely includes laughing, don’t expect much Yoga if you attend a Laughter Yoga class.