Types of Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Also known as yoga vidya, Hath Yoga is a system of yoga described by Yogi Swatmarama, a Hindu sage of 15th century India. The word "hatha" comes from the Sanskrit terms "ha" (sun) and "tha" (moon). Hatha yoga helps to balance the body, mind and spirit, through poses (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation.

Iyengar is a hatha yoga practice named after its founder, Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, although he himself would not call it Iyengar Yoga. He is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 75 years. He has written many books on yoga practice and philosophy, and is best known for his books Light on YogaLight on Pranayama , and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He has also written several definitive yoga texts. Iyengar yoga classes are offered throughout the world, and it is believed that millions of students practice Iyengar Yoga.

Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.

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