In our previous blog post on the different types of yoga, we told you that there is exist more than 20 and have chosen to detail 10 of them.
We have previously spoken about Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Yin Yoga. They are the most practiced types of yoga in the West and therefore in Europe, but they are not the only ones that our compatriots practice on a daily basis.
In this new blog post, we have chosen to present to you the famous Nidra Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Power Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.
We will explain their characteristics, their benefits and how to practice them.
The benefits of practicing Yoga every day
With yoga you have to maintain postures for a certain time and this promotes the propensity to perform efforts by increasing muscular endurance. By relaxing the muscles, strengthening and softening the joints, the body learns to recover better between each effort and strengthens itself as a whole.
Doing yoga every day can really change your life! At the physical level, through regular practice, yoga improves strength, flexibility and balance. But you’ll also find more energy throughout the day, better sleep, less stress, and more focus.
5 more types of Yoga to find the best for you.
Nidra Yoga: Relaxation
It is certainly the oldest Yoga.
The Hindu culture speaks of a constant state of sleep, as a reminder to Narayana. Developed and adapted by Swami Satyananda in the 1950s it comes from tantric yoga that is said to have started over 4500 years ago with Vishnu resting on Ananta (the great serpent).
It is then also called the yoga of sleep, yoga Nidra will bring you extreme well-being as well as great relaxation. The predominant place of meditation brings a great awareness of oneself and one’s body. With this yoga you will not have physical exercise as with traditional yoga thus the goal is to focus on physical well-being, of course, but above all on the emotional and spiritual aspect.
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Yoga Nidra is a technique for deep relaxation that can help you sleep better. This type of yoga lies in Savasana posture with eyes closed and completely stillness throughout your body, even if it falls asleep.
The session lasts 30 to 40 minutes during which you are in semi-consciousness and recite mantras that will allow you to let go.
The postures must be carried out with concentration in order to align your body pSleep yoga is a great way to help you get better sleep, which will allow your body and mind the time they need for rest. This can reduce stress levels as well as anxiety in order to improve your sleep and therefore your daily life.
- Everyone can practice it since it is a yoga that does not include any physical activity.
- It can also be practiced at home because it is a relaxation yoga that is practiced mainly in a lying position.
- On a daily basis you will feel a marked improvement in your sleep, your stress and thus your concentration. You will gain greater awareness of your body.
Bikram Yoga: Warm energy
Bikram yoga is practiced in a room heated to 40°, and it is why this yoga is often controversial. The practice was developed by Bikram Choudhury, who introduced it into America about four decades ago, in the 70’s and found success with his uniquely challenging approach. Indeed, it includes holding certain positions for longer periods than other instructors allow.
Bikram Yoga arrived in Europe in the 2000’s, but it remains relatively unpractised. Indeed, practicing the sessions in an overheated room could cause cardiovascular problems.
The Bikram Yoga session is a unique type of workout that involves practicing 2 breathing exercises and 26 different postures in 90 minutes. The heat, humidity rate are all crucial for maximum benefits from these disciplines as they work many muscles throughout your entire body.
Indeed, Bikram Yoga sessions are practiced in a room deliberately heated to 40.6°C and with a humidity rate of 40% which requires a lot of effort for the body and significant dehydration.
You must be in good physical condition to practice Bikram Yoga. The interest of this temperature is to improve the flexibility of muscles and joints. The perspiration caused by the heat will help eliminate toxins and help you in your movements. The practice of Hot Yoga will strengthen the joints and prevent the risk of osteoporosis in particular. You will be able to evacuate your stress and feel an incomparable psychological well-being.
- It is practicable by all but it is absolutely necessary to have a good physical condition and to stay well hydrated.
- Thanks to the heat, you will eliminate a large number of toxins and come out of these classes extremely relaxed.
- Your joints will strengthen, your stress will decrease, and above all you will feel extremely good psychologically. Your immune system will also be strengthened.
Power Yoga: Strength
Vinyasa Yoga is a type of yoga that involves moving your body carefully and fluidly in
Power Yoga has appeared very recently and we are talking about modern and entertaining yoga. It came to us in the 1980s and is increasingly popular today.
It is a “sporty” yoga, which takes up the basics of Vinyasa Yoga by going into more complicated asanas and varying the techniques. The goal is a gain in physical quality to gain flexibility and musculature.
This yoga is very inspired by Ashtanga Yoga but in a more dynamic variant and the classes generally take place in a heated room (but not overheated). The sequence of asanas is fast and requires very rigorous and regular training in order to progress. Traditional yoga postures are associated with pilates and fitness movements.
Make sure you are in excellent physical condition before you start practicing Power Yoga and it is recommended that you do not suffer from chronic diseases.
This type of yoga is performed in a warm atmosphere that promotes body perspiration and thus allows the joints and muscles to become more flexible. Its regular practice will allow you to strengthen your muscle tone.
As physical benefits have regained more flexible and strengthened joints, improved endurance, revitalized vital energy, facilitated blood circulation and toned muscles.
These benefits are also psychological: evacuation of stress, reduction of anxiety, mental clarity and better concentration.
- To practice Power Yoga you must be in good health, without any chronic disease such as cardiovascular problems. If in doubt, do not hesitate to ask your doctor.
- You will benefit from an improvement in your general physical condition as well as your concentration, your muscle tone and you will relax your joints.
Jivamukti Yoga: Release
Jivamukti means in Sanskrit “state of liberation” and this type of yoga aims to convey a strong spiritual message and to increase the state of consciousness. It was created by Americans David and Sharon Gannon in 1986 and has since continued to evolve.
Kundalini Yoga requires a certain open-mindedness and having overcome some blockages in order to experience its true benefits. The sessions take place with mantras, meJust like Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga, the sessions are based on songs and mantras, breathing work to make it deep and music combined with the sequence of postures. Chants are very important in the practice of Jivamukti Yoga and each session begins and ends with chants systematically accompanied by music. Then, the courses are given according to the themes that are announced for each month, moreover each session begins by studying one of the founding writings of yoga.
This yoga focuses on the mind to release tensions and blockages through the work of postures and breathing. The monthly lessons encourage following the precepts of yoga to integrate them into daily life. The physical benefits are felt especially on the muscles which gain flexibility. The practice of this yoga increases your physical and mental well-being.
- Jivamukti Yoga is open to everyone and combines chanting, breathing and a sequence of postures.
- The follow-up of monthly lessons allows regular learning and integration of the precepts of yoga into daily life and promotes awareness and well-being.
Iyengar Yoga: Precision
Also called Therapeutic yoga, it is intended to relieve pain such as that affecting the back or the joints. It is particularly technical and rigorous and requires a great capacity for concentration. This yoga will work the alignment of your body to allow a good sequence of postures. It takes its name from its creator, Iyengar who developed it in the 1970s.
Classes last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and are adapted to the level of the students. It is practiced with yoga accessories such as a foam brick, a bolster (support) or a chair. The asanas are arranged in sequence and should be performed with utmost care.
It is a very good type of yoga to start and acquire the right basics.
Iyengar Yoga is ideal for developing physical resistance, endurance and alignment of the body with a therapeutic aim. It would thus relieve various physical but also psychic ailments by allowing a good spiritual deepening. By combining meditation and concentration, it strengthens the balance between body and mind.
- Iyengar Yoga is practicable by all because it is composed of different levels.
- This yoga will improve your balance, fitness and concentration. It can relieve some of your ailments, help you reduce your stress and increase your mental well-being.
Now you know more about the 10 most practiced types of yoga in Europe. By reading our 2 articles on the different yoga practices we told you about:
- Hatha Yoga
- Ashtanga Yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Kundalini Yoga
- Yin Yoga
- Nidra Yoga
- Bikram Yoga
- Power Yoga
- Jivamukti Yoga
- Iyengar Yoga
We hope this guide will help you find the yoga that’s right for you. But this list is of course not exhaustive and many other types of yoga exist such as Fascia Yoga, Fly Yoga, Sup Yoga, AcroYoga, Snwga, Prenatal Yoga and many more.
The most important thing about practicing yoga is that you feel good, improving your body and mind and promoting your daily well-being.
We recommend that you accompany it with CBD which will allow you to improve your concentration, your relaxation or even recovery after exercise. To help you, you can read our article on the benefits of combining Yoga and CBD.
Take care of what matters most: yourself