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The Most Popular Styles of Yoga

Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years and there are with many different styles and ways to practice. Whether you prefer to heat things up with Hot Yoga or slow things down with Restorative Yoga, there is something for everyone.

Yoga began as an ancient practice in India, in 3000 B.C., and found it’s way to the United States in 1893. The oldest known form of Yoga being Vedic Yoga, although, many styles are practiced today. While there are different ways to practice Yoga we are going to highlight the most popular styles of Yoga practiced today.

Power

Power Yoga has quickly become one of the most popular styles of Yoga today. This style of Yoga refers to a more rigorous practice in which the Yogi will move quickly between poses. The poses in Power Yoga are often more fitness-based and focus more on strength rather than flexibility. Power yoga incorporates the athleticism of Ashtanga, while also including lots of Vinyasa. Power Yoga gives the teacher flexibility to teach any poses in any order, making every class different.

A Power class is going to be more amped up and is often heated with louder, more fast paced music. If you are looking for a more relaxing style of Yoga, this may not be the one for you, but luckily there are many to choose from. Although, if you are looking to amp it up, sweat a little and work on strengthening your body, Power Yoga is the style for you.

Check out our class description of Power Yoga on our website and see if you’re going to join us for the next one!

We offer 5 different opportunities to practice Power Yoga, in a heated environment, every week. Check our schedule and plan your next visit to pump up the power with us!

Vinyasa

Often described as flow Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga  is a style of Yoga that keeps Yogis flowing from asana to asana (poses). Vinyasa translate literally to mean “arranging something in a special way”. In a Vinyasa class your Yoga teacher will guide you smoothly through a number of different poses that link to each inhale and exhale. Vinyasa Yoga is the perfect class if you are looking to link your breath with movement and increase flexibility, stamina and strength in your practice. While Power Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga are different styles, Power styled Yoga can be considered Vinyasa, along with other styles like Prana Flow, Ashtanga and Jivamukti, but it stands in opposition to Hatha Yoga.

Join us for a Vinyasa class, with 11 opportunities to practice here at our studio every week.

Restorative

If you are looking to deeply relax your muscles and focus on slowing down through passive stretching, this style is for you. In the style of Restorative Yoga you will rely on props to support your body rather than your muscles. This style of Yoga involves holding a fewer numbers of poses for longer rather than flowing quickly through poses.

Join us on Monday mornings for an early morning relaxation and stretch or Friday evenings for an end of the week escape.

Yin

Yin is the feminine, passive principle of the universe associated with earth, dark and cold. Yin Yoga is the style of Yoga that focuses on passive floor poses working manly on the lower half of the body. The focus of a Yin class will be slower, with poses that work the hips, pelvis, inner thighs and lower spine. A Yin Yoga flow stretches the deep connective tissues between the muscles and targets the fascia throughout the body. The benefits to a Yin Yoga Class is to increase circulation in the joints, while improving flexibility and regulating the body’s flow of energy.

Drop in for one of our 4 Slow Flow classes taught throughout the week to balance your body and mind.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga Yoga is a highly structured, dynamic vinyasa-style class. While Ashtanga and Vinyasa share many similarities, they are two different styles. Ashtanga, like Vinyasa, synchronizes breath and movement, but follows a strict flow pattern, preforming the exact same poses in the exact same order. Whereas Vinyasa flows will differ each class. The benefits of Ashtanga Yoga are to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body.

Hatha

Hatha is known as the Yoga of balance or Yoga of activity, with “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon. While Hatha is known as a general style of Yoga in which Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes fall under, it is an old system. This style of Yoga includes the practice of pranayama (breathing techniques) and asanas (poses), bringing peace to the mind while preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

Jivamukti

Jivamukti Yoga is one of the most powerful and structured practices for one to experience in Yoga, relying heavily on spiritual elements as a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. This style of Yoga strongly refers to one’s relationship to others. Stating that it should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham). Jivamukti Yoga strictly follows 5 tenetsAhimsa, the nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to animals, our environment and all living beings. Bhakti, the knowledge that God/Self-realization is the goal of all yoga practices; often expressed through chanting, setting a high intention or some other sort of devotion in your practice. Dhyana (or Meditation), is how you connect yourself and practice to the eternal unchanging reality within. Nada, which is the development of a sound body and mind reached by deep listening; this can be incorporated in a class using recorded music, spoken word, silence or even by your Teacher’s voice alone. And finally, Shastra, meaning the study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting.

There are 6 types of classes to explore, with one main warm-up sequence followed in this style.

Iyengar

Iyengar Yoga is known as the practice of precision. Often modified by props, poses are held for longer periods of time to ensure you are paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture, hence this being the practice of precision. By holding each pose for longer periods of this time this helps the Yogi build strength and stamina. Instead of being a “flowy” style of Yoga, students often rest in child’s pose between postures. Iyengar Yoga can be very helpful in easing the symptoms of some health conditions like chronic lower back pain.

Kundalini

The main focus of Kundalini Yoga is on spiritual energy, awareness and breathing. In a Kundalini Yoga class you will flow through a series of specific exercises and meditations to bring about Kriya. Kriya is the intention to bring about a certain affect on the body, mind, and spirit. This style of Yoga works to release trauma from the energetic body, which surrounds the physical body, helping us recognize that abundance is our birthright and that living from our hearts is the surest path to prosperity.

We hope you will explore many of the different styles we offer here at Om On Yoga. We will meet you on the mat!

May 18, 2019 BY omon_admin // 0 COMMENT

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