You’ve heard your friends talk about yoga. You have read about its benefits and your neighborhood is covered with advertisements from studios and gyms that offer it. You want to try, but you get lost in the tangle of styles. Here is a basic guide to types of physical yoga.
We recommend starting with Iyengar, a style that Indian guru BKS Iyengar exported to the West in the middle of the last century. In these classes chairs, blankets or belts are used as supports to facilitate the mobility of practitioners and the use of yoga as a therapeutic tool, making it also suitable for people with reduced mobility or the elderly. At 92 years old, Iyengar continues his practice, so there are no excuses.
Although either style will provide mental relaxation, restorative yoga is especially focused on this goal. The postures are held for several minutes and are designed to gently stretch the body and offer rest with the help of supports. You just have to let yourself go and enjoy the sweetness of the moment. It is also indicated for the elderly or people with reduced mobility, with the appropriate modifications.
“Flow with the heart” is what Anusara means in Sanskrit. Since 1997, when it was created by the American John Friend, this style has spread rapidly throughout the world, gaining adherents on all continents. It combines high doses of spirituality with strict principles of body alignment. It includes the interior work, the philosophical inspiration to understand our greatness, and a refined physical work taking great care of the placement in the postures.
Another option is Sivananda, a style in which identical routines are followed. The routine includes mantra chanting and breathing exercises (or Pranayama). Athletes. The Ashtanga style, where you practice a fixed series of postures that link each other with your breath, is the most athletic type of yoga. Equally dynamic but more creative and adaptable to different levels of practitioners is Vinyasa (also known as Flow or Power yoga). The harmonic synchronization of breathing and movement, together with the uninterrupted concentration practiced in this style, turns yoga into a dance that will make you feel light, strong, and full of energy.
If you already have experience with yoga and you are not in a hurry to turn upside down –and give yourself a crunch– Acroyoga, a mix of yoga, Thai massage and acrobatics increasingly in vogue, promises to take the practice to another level. Everything becomes a game. Yoga prepares our bodies, Thai massage relaxes us, and acrobatics bring joy and fun. For the beginner, finding the right teacher is as important as finding the right style. It’s about trying different classes and connecting with the person, something “much more important than pure exercise. Over the years I have discovered that all styles lead us to the same place. It is much more than a sport. But it is also good that yoga is given in gyms or other places. Any space can become sacred.
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To styles not mentioned here, such as Kundalini, Jivamukti, or Bikram, others more or less bizarre are added, from “yoga and wine” workshops to “yoga for dogs”. So you have to be careful. There are many types and styles of yoga, perhaps too many, Everyone must find their yoga. Better yet, each person finds their teacher. Someone you connect with, tune in to, and feel comfortable learning and growing.