Whether you are an absolute beginner to yoga or not, one thing that you would have probably noticed already is that there are far more than just one form of yoga you can practice.
If you are brand new to the practice of yoga, the very first thing you ought to know is that different forms of yoga suit different people depending on what exactly they are looking for. So, when you are starting with this practice initially, you should read, get to know more, and experience as many different forms of yoga as you like until you find the one that suits you the best.
Most Popular Yoga Forms Available In The World
- Ashtanga Yoga
Yoga practitioners who have been practicing yoga for more than a couple of months and feel like building up the intensity, the most dynamic form of yoga to practice is Ashtanga yoga.
Also known as the 8 limbs of yoga, Ashtanga yoga is one of the most active, intense, and physically challenging forms of yoga. This particular type of yoga will surely make you sweat, as it focuses mainly on deep stretches, proper alignment, and tricky balances.
Ashtanga yoga is also known to have a flow to it. In an Ashtanga yoga class, the teacher will lead you through the same sequence of yoga postures before directly moving on to seated postures, standing postures, and finally relaxation.
- Bikram Yoga
Also known as hot yoga, Bikram yoga was invented way back in the early 1970s by an Indian yogi, Bikram Chaudhary. All classes of Bikram yoga follow the sequence of 26 yoga poses that helps you in strengthening and enabling your muscles to lengthen, while you flow with the music being played in the background from one pose to another.
This form of yoga is quite different in comparison to other forms of yoga. It is specially designed for people who love to sweat. Classes of Bikram yoga are often conducted in rooms with heated panels. The temperature of the room is around 105 Fahrenheit or higher.
- Hatha Yoga
This form of yoga is quite hard to explain because it incorporates various forms of yoga. Hatha yoga is known to appear in the ancient Indian texts nearly at the end of the first millennium. The concept of Hatha yoga has changed since the 15th century and is said to balance solar as well as lunar energies.
Hatha yoga includes many different styles of yoga like Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Kundalini yoga, and Iyengar yoga. This form of yoga is usually considered beneficial for absolute beginners because it is practiced very slowly and with more static posture holds, to help you bring peace to your mind and body.
- Iyengar Yoga
Iyengar yoga focuses mainly on body alignment. This form of yoga is born out of the traditional style of Hatha yoga. It is evolved into a method that focuses strictly on three concepts namely, alignment, timing, and sequencing.
Usually, in an Iyengar yoga class, you are taught to make use of props. This means that the class involves learning basic yoga asanas with the help of props, but helps you in scrutinizing them to deeper your yoga practice while approaching advanced yoga asanas.
An Iyengar yoga class is known to be a very slow class, but is great for increasing flexibility and learning poses that you were never able to do before.
- Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga that is preferred by yoga practitioners in the 21st century. Also, known as vinyasa flow, this form of yoga teaches you to maintain a link between your breath and body movements. The reason why it is called ‘vinyasa flow’ is because of its fluid and rhythmic nature.
In a vinyasa yoga class, you do not need a teacher to guide you. All you are supposed to do is to go with the flow and sweat a lot while increasing your overall strength and flexibility.
This particular form of yoga is the only one that does not need a yoga mat to practice. It makes use of fabric – usually, silk, suspended from the ceiling, designed to be sat on and wrapped around your body while supporting your hips and waist.
The support that you get from the hammock while practicing aerial yoga builds your strength and flexibility. Moreover, hanging upside down while performing this style of yoga is an intense way to enjoy Savasana – the ultimate resting pose practiced at the end of every yoga class.