Asana is the Sanskrit word for the position and posture. The asanas are physical practices of yoga as exercise, as opposed to meditation yoga nidra is known as yoga or karma yoga and bhakti. In the last century, have implemented various types of yoga in the West. The most popular are: Hatha yoga , Ashtanga, Birkram or hot yoga, Vinyasa and Iyengar. All styles are based on traditional Hatha yoga. However, each has its own style variations.
The word hatha means Mental and physical energy balance. The Hatha Yoga includes a series of asanas with pranayama, or breathing techniques. A class of Hatha Yoga is usually slow-paced, with lots of stretching and breathing, and ends with a period of meditation called Savanasa, or Corpse Pose. At this time, the body relaxes, lowers heart rate, blood pressure is reduced and the mind is calm and relaxing.
Ashtanga is also known as power yoga (yoga strong,) because of their intense training and a faster pace than hatha. The Ashtanga Yoga is a series of exercises ever conducted in the same order and constantly changing from one posture to the next. In Sanskrit, Ashtanga means the eightfold path as described in the yoga sutras of Patanjali yoga classes. Continue reading “Types of Yoga”