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The most important yoga styles at a glance
"Yoga is not for me." Everyone has heard the sentence before - or even said it himself after a trial lesson. There is a very good comparison: Imagine, for the first time in your life, you put on trousers in which you find yourself cramped and unattractive. You say to your reflection in the mirror: Pants don't suit me, I won't try on any more and only wear skirts. Not everyone immediately finds the yoga style that suits them and that allows them to develop their full potential.
Important in yoga: chemistry with the teacher
However, it is even more important than the style that the chemistry with the yoga teacher is right. You should feel like you can trust him completely. You have to feel his benevolence and his competence in order to feel safe when you go on the yoga journey with him. You don't hike with a mountain guide you don't trust.
Only time will tell whether a teacher or a type of yoga suits you. You should get involved in the lesson at least three to four times, because the offer may actually be perfect for you, but on the first try it may not correspond to your daily form. Yoga always takes a few hours to fully develop its effects. So you don't know what is good for you right after the course.
Your yoga style should complement your personal temperament
When choosing your yoga style, keep in mind: Do well what challenges you. Those who like to move a lot and quickly will not be able to develop their potential by choosing a particularly dynamic yoga style. More suitable is the energetic supplement to one's own temperament, such as Yin Yoga or Long, Slow, Deep lessons in which the positions are held for a long time. Your brain is already familiar with the fast and dynamic - but there is something to learn here, this is the challenge. In order to fully exploit your abilities, you should discover and develop your unknown facets in the course of your life. Dare the new, the unfamiliar - and let yourself be surprised!
Everything you read here can only be my - extremely subjective opinion. The overview of the yoga styles is only a guide. You have to try for yourself what is right for you.
The different yoga styles at a glance
1. The classic: Hatha Yoga
The best known form of yoga in the West, which has been offered for over 50 years. All the styles, traditions and schools described below have developed from the teachings of Hatha Yoga. So gentle and powerful techniques, simple body awareness exercises and highly complex postures, breathing exercises or concentration thrive under his roof.
Hatha Yoga includes asanas as well as movement sequences (vinyasa or flow), breathing exercises (pranayama), mental relaxation techniques and meditation. All Hatha Yoga techniques start with the body and continue through the breath to the mind. Click here for our hatha yoga videos!
2. Sweaty in the flow: Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga
Here, classic asanas are repeatedly combined into new, creative sequences of movements, so that an exhausting, flowing exercise style (flow) develops. It is practiced with intensive breathing and music. An important goal is to experience your own strength and vitality.
Enriching for everyone who is looking for an intense, sweaty practice that is particularly easy to switch off. Here you can browse our Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga videos!
3. Calming Practice: Yin Yoga
You can really relax with Yin Yoga. In practice, the asanas are held for a very long time, usually two to three minutes. So your body can relax completely into the postures, you can let go and experience deep relaxation. Yin Yoga especially stretches your fascia or your connective tissue. So you won't sweat with this calm yoga style, but the stretches can be quite intense. In contrast to Hatha or Iyengar Yoga, what matters here is not exactly performing the asanas, but rather that it feels good to you and that you can hold the pose without exertion.
This meditative yoga style can be perfect especially for very active types who find it difficult to relax - even if it is challenging at first. You can find our yin yoga videos here.
In this video the yin yoga teacher Wanda Badwal explains everything important about the yoga style:
4. Spirituality and Energy: Kundalini Yoga
Yogi Bhajan made Kundalini Yoga popular in the USA in the late 1960s. The series of exercises are a combination of dynamic physical exercises, conscious breathing, mental alignment and mantra meditation. Kundalini Yoga is often very dynamic in order to awaken our life energy (Prana). This path of practice draws in spirituality and devotion to the guru quite openly and consciously.
Do you love a powerful and demanding style of exercise, are you looking for spirituality and love singing? Then on to Kundalini Yoga.
Try out our Kundalini videos!
Here André Sat Ravi Singh explains thank you, what Kundalini Yoga is all about:
5. Powerful and demanding: Ashtanga Yoga
A very powerful, dynamic direction. In fitness studios you can occasionally find this form under the name “Power Yoga. The exercise system consists of a fixed sequence, each of which is linked to movement elements. This flow of movement is accompanied by a steady breath, which gives the practice a very meditative accent. The sequence is coordinated in such a way that all parts of the body are activated and stretched one after the other. You can switch off very well and work up a sweat.
Sporty, ambitious people in good physical condition who are looking for a clearly structured practice often find their yoga happiness in Ashtanga. This direction also allows you to practice independently quickly. Just check out our Ashtanga videos!
6. Precision and clear announcements: Iyengar Yoga
Powerful practice, which is characterized by extremely precise announcements and thus enables a high degree of precision. Aids (props) such as wooden blocks, blankets and belts are sometimes used to enable complex asanas to be performed even for beginners and people with physical limitations. Since the exact execution of the exercises is in the foreground, spiritual approaches are more likely to be found indirectly during the practice and sometimes play a subordinate role with some teachers.
Iyengar Yoga is a good choice for those who feel physically fit and who can also relax if they are clearly told where to go. Here is an overview of our Iyengar videos and the Iyengar advanced course.
7. Spiritual flows and ahimsa in the foreground: Jivamukti Yoga
Powerful, dynamic, sweaty style developed by Sharon Gannon and David Life in the USA in 1984. The exercises are practiced fluently and accompanied by music. It is typical that the teacher corrects the students with physical effort. Not for the shy of contact, but very trendy. In addition, the yoga teacher recites from ancient Indian scriptures, speaks about philosophies or wisdom. Mantras and meditation are part of the practice, and emphasis is placed on a non-violent and vegan lifestyle.
Interesting for people who, in addition to an intensive, flowing yoga practice, want to learn more about the yoga philosophy and are looking for a yoga community. Check out our Jivamukti videos!
8. Clear structures and yoga philosophy: Sivananda Yoga
The focus is more meditative and spiritual. The focus of the practice is on the twelve asanas of the Rishikesh series, which are always performed in the same order. The asanas in this series are sometimes very demanding. By concentrating on the breathing and the energy centers, the thoughts come to rest. Mantras and prayers are an integral part of the practice.
If you want to practice after a clearly structured yoga practice and are ready to get involved in ideological aspects of yoga, you can find your place in the Sivananda. Here you can find our Sivananda yoga videos!
9. Enjoyment of Practice: Anusara Yoga
Powerful Hatha variant, which was developed in 1997 by the American John Friend. It is based - based on the Tantra concept - on a life-affirming philosophy that sees the good in all people and things. When performing the asanas, the focus is on the one hand on the exact alignment - John Friend works a lot with modern bio-mechanical principles. On the other hand, the focus is on the opening of the heart. Ideal for healthy, exercise-trained beginners and advanced users.
Check out our Anusara yoga videos and the beginners class!
Still not sure which type of yoga is right for you? Then do our yoga style test!
Anna Trökes is one of the most prominent yoga teachers and authors in German-speaking countries. She has been teaching since 1974 and has the successful prana yoga school in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In the past ten years she has published 30 books, CDs and one DVD on yoga. At YogaEasy, Anna Trökes is the author and yoga program director and ensures that our videos are of high quality.
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