Types of Yoga in modern times

Yoga is one however is differentiated based on application. One may find similarity in all practices. There are many different types of yoga in modern times, each with their own focus and approach. Some popular styles include:

1. Hatha Yoga

2. Ashtanga Yoga/ Patanjali Yoga

3. Vinyasa Yoga: This style of yoga focuses on movement and flow, linking each movement with the breath. It is a more dynamic form of yoga that can be more physically demanding.

4. Bikram Yoga: This style of yoga is practiced in a heated room and consists of a series of 26 postures. The heat is said to help loosen the muscles and aid in detoxification.

5. Kundalini Yoga: This is a more spiritual form of yoga that focuses on activating the body’s energy centers, also known as chakras. It includes a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

6. Iyengar Yoga: This style of yoga places a strong emphasis on alignment and precision in the postures. Props such as blocks and straps may be used to help with alignment.

7. Restorative Yoga: This is a more gentle and therapeutic form of yoga that uses props such as bolsters and blankets to support the body in the postures. It is designed to help the body relax and restore balance.

8. Yoga Nidra : This is a form of deep relaxation and meditation, also known as “yogic sleep” It is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage.

9. Jivamukti Yoga: This is a more physically demanding form of yoga that combines the physical practice of yoga with spiritual teachings and an emphasis on veganism and animal rights.

10. Power Yoga: This is a fitness-based version of Ashtanga yoga, and Hot Yoga which is a style of yoga performed in a heated room but not necessarily following the Bikram’s series of postures.

11. Prenatal Yoga: This is specifically designed for pregnant women and can help to prepare the body and mind for childbirth. 

It can also help to relieve common pregnancy discomforts such as back pain and fatigue.

12. Yoga for Seniors: This is a form of yoga that is adapted to suit the needs of older adults. 

It is typically slower-paced and may include the use of props to help with balance and stability.

13. Yoga for Athletes: This is a form of yoga that is specifically designed to help athletes improve their performance, prevent injuries, and speed up recovery. 

14. Aerial yoga: traditional yoga poses with the use of a hammock or aerial silk.

15. Stick Yoga: Yogasanas/ Yoga postures done with stick for additional support and stretching.

Yoga is a versatile practice and there’s a style that can suit everyone’s needs and preferences. It’s recommended to try different styles and teachers to find what works best for you.

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