6 Different Styles of Yoga

Yoga expert Charlotte Dodson, www.charlottedodson.com, helps you work out which style is for you.

There are many different styles of yoga, with enough variety to suit every body type, age and background. Some yoga styles date back to ancient traditions that have been practiced for thousands of years, while others have been modernized in order to be more compatible with modern society and it's routines and practices. Taken collectively as a whole, every style works with the human body's energy patterns and has the same goal: to find a place of peacefulness within yourself and treasure every living moment - to experience positivity and blissful self-awareness.

Please remember, every form of yoga is subject to how any given teacher decides and 'feels' to teach that particular style. As a teacher, we can only provide guidance and insight from our own experiences, and what we feel is important to bring into a particular class. The teacher is someone whom you'll resonate with as you attend more and more of their sessions - if you feel like what they are offering is not really "your thing", just try another class. You'll always learn something from every class and teacher - it's the 'journey' of yoga that is the key to its beauty.

Hopefully, once you find your place to practice, you'll continue to grow as your yoga adventures evolves. Within every yoga practice, you need to be constantly aware of your breathing as you open and strengthen the body, all within a meditative approach. It's important to let your breath guide you throughout the class, and it may take you a few sessions to get used to the body shapes and movements. Always remind yourself that yoga is not 'just' a form of exercise, it is a philosophy of life, which also has the potential to create a vibrantly healthy body and mind.

Explore and be creative as you discover the 'YOGA for YOU'!!!

Breakdown of the different styles of yoga:

BIKRAM YOGA
KUNDALINI YOGA
IYENGAR YOGA
HATHA YOGA
ASHTANGA YOGA
POST PREGNANCY YOGA

PLEASE NOTE: Every posture (asana) should be "steady and comfortable". The body should be held firm, yet the joints should be relaxed, and the practitioner should not experience discomfort of any kind. Tightness or tension observed within the body should be consciously addressed and relaxed. Breathing should be at a natural pace and strength, through the nose and into the belly.

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