Tuesday 10 November 2020

What type of yoga is right for you?

Many of us are attracted to this millenary practice that is so popular lately. Still, before stretching on the mat, it is more interesting to start by understanding what YOGA consists of and what is the style that best suits our way of being. It is very common, so many new options generate confusion when choosing. Answering our first question, The word "yoga" is a derivative of the Sanskrit word Yuj, which means union of the individual consciousness or soul, with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. It is considered a holistic system of human evolution commonly defined as the union of body, mind and soul.

On the one hand, we can say that it is a practice that helps us to be more present and aware of our body, our thoughts and our emotions, teaching us to take control and lead them. Through breathing and movement, it is possible to calm the mind, eliminating everything that distracts us from bringing out our inner peace and voice. In essence, it is good for you.

Types of Yoga

In the West, there is a trend towards holistic or integral Yoga where the most prominent tool is Hatha Yoga. All other styles seek the same thing, self-realisation, through various paths depending on the needs and tastes of the practitioner. There is a huge variety of forms, styles and proposals. They do. However, all need the use of yoga mats - it is best to invest in a good one. Here is a summary of the most popular styles, with their main characteristics.

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga is a branch of raja yoga, which is defined as the Yoga of mind control. It is the training of the mind to hold focus and eliminate internal noise with practice, to find the essence once the mind is in its pure state. It is the method of Yoga that works the body through postures (asanas) to increase flexibility and strength. It incorporates breathing exercises (pranayama), energy closures (bandhas) and postures using the hands (mudras) to direct and enhance that energy vital (prana). Hatha yoga links breath to movement works on balance, cleansing and revitalisation of the body's energy channels. 

Iyengar Yoga

This style emphasises the alignment of the body (position of the spine, shoulders, hips and feet) in each pose. It promotes the use of accessories such as blankets, cushions, blocks, chairs and straps to promote good practice, posture, and flow of energy. For people who suffer from pain, impediment or stiffness, the supports help them align and balance the body, being able to perform the postures perfectly and thus obtain the benefits of them. One thing to consider is that in most Iyengar classes there is less movement, relatively few poses are done, and a great deal of time is spent establishing the correct alignment and holding the pose longer for maximum benefit.

Kundalini Yoga

This type of Yoga emphasises the importance of awakening the kundalini energy or pranic energy that sleeps at the base of the spine. Usually, each session works a different Kriya, a term that is used to enunciate a specific combination of asanas, breaths and meditations with a particular duration and a specific purpose. One of the most powerful techniques used in this style is called Ajapa Dharana, which is the mantric repetition with a concentration on a point or intention. However, it is not an exclusive technique of this type of Yoga. 

Which will be your choice for a healthier, happier future?

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1 comment

  1. Love this - I definitely want to get better at yoga, but I just never seem to have the time to work at it. Maybe I should explore more types! :)
    Jenna ♥
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