Yoga

Curious about yoga but unsure where to begin?

Our guide offers a step by step guide to answer your questions

Everyone seems to be doing yoga these days, there’s Hilaria Baldwin contorting herself into all sorts of shapes in glamorous places and Gisele Bundchen striking a pose. There are also millions of ordinary men and women around the globe learning the art of yoga and incorporating elements of its moral code into their lives.

In this article I hope to show you how Yoga can benefit you, explain the different yoga types, help you identify which one might suit you, provide you with information about online yoga videos and how you can locate your nearest yoga class.

Acroyoga

AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek  means high, or elevated.

Ananda Yoga

A yoga where gentle poses are performed with the aim to ready the body for meditation. Body alignment and controlled breathing is important.

Anusara Yoga

Anusara Yoga was derived from Tantra yoga by J. Friend in 1997. With this physical and mental practice, students seek to open their hearts to “flowing with Grace, flowing with Nature and following your heart.” Anusara Yoga focuses on awakening our own true nature with mindfulness, alignment and body awareness: each pose is performed with an artistic expression of the heart.
This practice is great for those looking for a cheerful and upbeat style of yoga. Classes are light-hearted and inclusive of differing abilities.
Anusara yoga may also be referred to as Heart Yoga and Open Heart Yoga.

Aqua Natal Yoga

Aqua Natal Yoga provides the optimal form of exercise during your pregnancy regardless of your level of fitness. We welcome everyone from 14 weeks until you are ready to give birth.

Ariel Swings Yoga

Yoga designed to focus on spinal relief. Poses are performed whilst you are suspended a couple of inches off the ground in loops of fabric.

Ashtanga (or Astanga) Yoga

Derived from an ancient form of yoga teaching. Follows a specific sequence of postures each of which are connected with a breath. The poses are always performed in the exact same order.

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Baby Yoga

Birthlight pioneered what is now known as ‘baby yoga’ as an inclusive set of practices to enhance playful interaction and communication between parent and baby and to promote their healthy development. Baby Yoga perfectly compliments baby massage and expands the benefits of touch with those of movement and relaxation.

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Baptiste Yoga

A type of physical yoga which also combines meditation and self introspection.

Barkan Method

Classes taken in a heated room. Aims to create physical, mental and spiritual harmony.

Boxing Yoga

Boxing Yoga systematically strengthens and stretchers the entire body.
With a considered approach to exploring coordination, body awareness and correct posture alignment, BoxingYoga™ helps to drastically shorten recovery time and cultivates relaxation and muscular tension release. These are important factors in order to prevent injuries and optimise a healthy body and mind

Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga is a hot yoga with classes held in heated rooms. It is a trademarked yoga comprising of 26 poses.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.

Child Yoga

By practicing yoga poses, children can learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better. … They argue that yoga is an offshoot of Hinduism and that it disseminates religious and meditation principles with its use of “om” and “namaste” chanting.

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Dahn Yoga

Also known as Dahn Hak or Dahnhak. It is of Korean origin. It can be classed as a mixture of yoga, tai chi and martial arts. Dahn Yoga is a practice based on body tapping, meridian stretching, moving meditation, breathing, and postures.

Face Yoga

Face yoga is a series of exercises that promise to do for your face what yoga does for your body: relax and tone muscles.

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Forrest Yoga

Intensely physical and internally focused yoga.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a broad term for all styles where physical postures are incorporated. “Ha-” means sun and “-tha” means moon, meaning a balanced practice when movement and mindfulness are combined into one practice. Most types of yoga taught in the West are a form of Hatha. A typical Hatha class typically involves gentle basic yoga postures while focusing on breathing. You will stretch, elongate and strengthen your body while establishing a sense of grounding and relaxation. Hatha yoga is great for beginner level as it focuses on the basics of yoga and is slower paced.

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Hot Yoga

Variations of Bikram Yoga
Classes called Hot Yoga are practiced at approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit and involve some variations on Bilkram’s 26 Hatha posture series. The heat, that is meant to mimic the climate of India, allows toxins to be released, promotes flexibility, while preventing injuries. The style became so popular that deviating from Bikram’s sequence in one small way or another. Bring a towel and water to this practice because you’ll be sweating. Developed by Bikram Choudhury in the early 1670s.

Integral Yoga

Yoga combining breathing exercises, meditation, chanting, prayer and self awareness.

Ishta Yoga

Yoga focusing on postures, visualisations and meditation. Developed in South Africa.

Iyengar Yoga

A very precise type of yoga. Founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, Iyengar Yoga practice focuses on precise body alignment, strength and flexibility in poses held for long periods of time. Iyengar is a rather physically-passive style of yoga, with a variety of props like blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, and walls being used.
Iyengar is great for people recovering from an injury as the teachers undergo vigorous training. The practice is gentle and alignment based.

Jivamukti Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga is a physical, ethical, and spiritual practice. Jivamukti Yoga combines vigorous Hatha asana (physical poses) in a flowing Vinyasa style, with the study of yogic philosophies and adherence to five central tenets: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (nonviolence, non-harming), nāda (music), and dhyana (meditation). Jivamukti was created by David Life and and Sharon Gannon.
Jivamukti is translated as “liberation while living” which means a “state of enlightenment or God realization.”

Kali Ray Tri Yoga

Flowing dance-like movements. Breathing exercises and meditation are involved.

Kripula Yoga

Conciousness yoga.  Postures are held and emotional and spiritual blockages are explored and released.

Kundalini Yoga

Classes will involve chanting, meditation and breathing practice. Energy is drawn up from the spine towards the mind.

Laughter Yoga

The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

Paddle Board Yoga

Paddle Board Yoga is the art performing of yoga while stand up paddle surfing (SUP) usually while theboard is in calm water, such as a lake. The sport combines hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga asanas, or poses, with surfing.

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Phoenix Rising Yoga

A one on one yoga therapy. Involves deep introspection.

Power Yoga

An american version of Ashtanga yoga. Power Yoga involves stretching, strength training and meditative breathing. Power yoga is an intense workout with not pauses between moves.

Pranayama

Control of the breath.

Pre and Postnatal Yoga

A rejuvenative yet energizing gentle classes adapted to the pre and post natal mothers, that emphasizes stability, flexibility and vitality. These classes offer mothers a space of relaxation and an opportunity to connect with their babies.

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Raja Yoga Meditation

Raja Yoga meditation is a form of meditation that is accessible to people of all backgrounds. It is a meditation without rituals or mantras and can be practised anywhere at any time. Raja Yoga meditation is practised with ‘open eyes’, which makes this method of meditation versatile, simple and easy to practice. Meditation is a state of being in that place just beyond every day consciousness, which is where spiritual empowerment begins. Spiritual awareness gives us the power to choose good and positive thoughts over those which are negative and wasteful. We start to respond to situations, rather than just reacting to them. We begin to live with harmony, we create better and happier, healthier relationships and change our lives in a most positive way.  (www.brahmakumaris.org/meditation/raja-yoga-meditation)

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is relaxing and nurturing for mind and body, focusing awareness on restoring the central nervous system and the internal systems of the body. Blankets, blocks and other props are used to help students passively approach poses in restful still positions.
Restorative Yoga is ideal for everyone to relieve the day’s tension while increasing flexibility.
Restorative Yoga is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation. It can also be referred to as gentle yoga.

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Sivananda Yoga

Similar to Integral Yoga. Sivananda Yoga involves postures, breathing exercises, dietary changes, chanting, scriptural study and meditation.

Svaroopa Yoga

A yoga that promotes healing and transformation.

Tantric Yoga

Tantra Yoga is a relatively modern revamping of the ancient vedic and yogic spiritual practices. Tantra Yoga is a relatively modern revamping of the ancient vedic and yogic spiritual practices.

Teen Yoga

Teens are very soulful and starting to get the big picture,” says Leah Kalish, the program director for Yoga Ed, an organization that prepares teachers to lead yoga within a school setting.

Tibetan Yoga

Tibetan yoga involves tantric meditation and pranayama practices.

Viniyoga

An excellent yoga for those recovering from injury or surgery. Gentle and carefully tailored to each individual’s needs.

Vinyasa Yoga

Also referred to as Vinyasa Flow or Flow Yoga.
Vinyasa is a general term that is used to describe fluid movements that build up in intensity. Vinyasa tends to be a vigorous style of yoga with the same intensity of Ashtanga Yoga classes, but with an extra level of creativity, as in no two flows are ever the same. Vinyasa means “flow” and focus is placed on smooth breath-synchronized movement, flowing from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale, creating a dance-like rhythm.
Vinyasa yoga is appealing to those looking to develop a stronger mind-body connection and grow in strength and flexibility through fluid and creative movement.

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White Lotus Yoga

A modified version of Ashtanga yoga which combines breathwork and meditation.

Yin yoga

Yoga for the joints. Postures are held for a long time from 5 to 20 minutes.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is an ancient form of meditation that is focused on reaching the deepest levels of relaxation of body and mind. Yoga Nidra, meaning “yogic sleep,” is a five-stage process that involves meditation, breath, balancing of emotional states, visualization, self-healing and a set purpose for the session. Yoga Nidra practice moves awareness through the body as the mind moves through the stages of consciousness: the waking state, dream state and deep, dreamless sleep. The room may be dimly lit or dark with a few candles lighting the room.

Yogalates

Yogalates is an ever-increasing popular exercise due to its positive effects on the body and the mind alike. Yogalates allows you to practice and improve your very own limits; you can push and stretch your body while opening up your mind.

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