Types of Yoga

Types of Yoga

There are, to put it simply, many types of yoga. The actual number varies, depending on which school of learning you follow and which types they actually count as individual. Some may claim four; others six; others ten. The point is, however, that there are different types of yoga and you need to choose the one that is right for you. To make this a bit less complicated, we are going to group the majority of the types as one, since many of them are mixed together in classes anyway. These types all share the same basic principles and pacing. The second type, however, is a relatively new form called power yoga. This differs greatly from the other types and has even been at the center of a debate on whether it can even be classified as yoga. Either way, these are, for the sake of this article at least, the two basic types of yoga and we will explain the difference below.


For these types of yoga, the focus is on the meditative quality and slower nature. Poses are deliberate and a high emphasis is put on breathing and technique. The doctrines all have their philosophical differences but the basics are the same: these types of yoga focus on relaxation and channeling energy in a more positive direction. It helps build stamina and a strong core, but this is not so much exercise as it is a life change.

Power Yoga:

Unlike the other types of yoga, this is more about the exercise quality. It is faster, more intense and can be described as a strange form of aerobics. The poses can be more challenging and the pace is quicker. You put less of your time toward meditation and more toward burning calories. This has become a highly popular form with the focus of health being on everyone’s mind. It does what you need if you seek to tone and build a stronger body.

Which Is For You:

Depending on what your life requires, either of these types of yoga could work. If you are looking for a way to burn off the calories, but not so much the stress, then power yoga can do nicely. This will get you into quick shape and keep you there; it is challenging and fast, the perfect workout. Unless you happen to be out of shape to start with. For those who are overweight, power yoga could prove difficult, if not impossible. The requirements can be intense, depending on the class, and your body might not be able to handle it. That is where the other types of yoga come in, though. For those just beginning, this can be a better form of exercise. It is slower and more methodical, giving you a chance to increase your abilities as you go. Of course, it also gives you a better way to deal with stress and teaches you how to focus your energies.

Either route can work; you just need to decide which one is best for you.

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