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There are many types and types of yoga classes, from physically demanding lessons such as Ashtanga Yoga to gentle flowor types such as Anusrara Yoga.

Here are three popular styles - Sivananda, Iygenar and Bikram Yoga.

What does yoga mean?

The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word "yuj," which means "yoke, union, union." Traditionally, "yoga" has been seen as a way to achieve balance - physically and spiritually in your life.

What is yoga?

A typical course consists of various exercises and techniques that encourage you to release stress and tension from your body and give your mind a sense of inner peace and wholeness. Most of the classes consist of a series of yoga exercises known as "asanas," breathing exercises called pranayama, relaxation techniques, and in some classes meditation and singing.

What are the different types of yoga?

Traditionally, there is only one "kind" of yoga Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the generic term, but within this generic term there are variations of styles and yoga schools. "Hatha", a Sanskrit word, means the connection of the moon and the sun. "Ha" stands for the sun or the active male principle and "tha" refers to the moon or the receptive feminine principle. This union, creating a balance between the inner and outer, exhausting and restful aspects of our body, underpins all sorts of Yoga

Three popular types of yoga

As mentioned earlier, we look at three popular types of yoga in this article: Sivananda, Iygenar, and Bikram Yoga.

1. Sivananda Yoga

Sivananda Yoga is considered to be one of the more traditional forms of yoga and is generally considered to be gentle to moderate practice focusing on the more spiritual side of yoga.

Sivananda Yoga was founded by Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) and consists of the sun salutation, breathing exercises, singing and twelve yoga poses. The teachings are based on five principles that Swami Sivananda believes improve your physical health and emotional well-being. These five central teachings are proper training (yoga), proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper nutrition (vegetarianism) and positive thinking and meditating.

Second Iygenar Yoga

Iygenar Yoga was founded by Sri BKS Iygenar (* 1918) and is a very popular style in the West. Iygenar Yoga focuses on the anatomy and postural / structural alignment of the body in poses. Props (like sandbags, straps, blocks and stools) are also used to assist you in the pose. Sri Iygenar wrote the classic book "Light in Yoga".

Third Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga must be the best known type of yoga practiced today. Bikram Yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury (* 1946) and is practiced in a room heated to 30 degrees Celsius. The instruction lasts 90 minutes and consists of a series of 26 poses, ranging from standing poses, backbends, forward bends and twists to two breathing exercises.

Although there are many types of yoga, all schools are grouped under the generic term "Hatha Yoga". Regardless of the type of exercise you are practicing, Sivanada, Iygenar or Bikram share the same goal of improving your health and achieving a sense of inner harmony and balance.