3 Types of Yoga to Try

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If you’re new to yoga and start doing research online to learn more, you might become overwhelmed with all the info out there and the different types to choose from. So, to get you started, here are a few types of yoga you can try:

1. Hatha

In its most basic usage, ‘hatha’ simply means yoga. The word describes any kind of yoga in which poses are done. (There are eight limbs of yoga, and asana is the only one dealing with poses).

Hatha can be translated in a couple of ways: 1. “Willful” or “forceful” as in the yoga of activity; and 2. “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your mind, body, and spirit to prepare for meditation. Nowadays, hatha is most often used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes that have no flow between poses. These classes are a good place to start to learn beginners’ poses, relaxation methods, and to become comfortable with yoga.

2. Kemetic

Kemetic yoga is the ancient Egyptian system of yoga enlightenment based on the practices of physical movements combined with controlled breathing and meditation. It’s a healing and regenerative yoga system defined by a series of geometrically progressive postures that aligns the spinal column and corrects defects in the skeletal muscular system to relieve stress; increase blood circulation, nutrient, and oxygen supply to vital body systems; and allows internal life force energy and cerebral spinal fluid to flow more effectively and abundantly through the body.

Kemetic yoga is both a philosophy and a practice based on the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) systems of self-development that fueled the creation of Kemetic civilization that brought forth western science, philosophy and religion.

3. Vinyasa

Vinyasa is a yoga practice in which movement is synchronized to the breath. The breath is like an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next with each inhale or exhale.

The literal translation of vinyasa from Sanskrit is “connection”; this can be described as a connection between movement and breath. Vinyasa classes include a lot of variety and will almost always include sun salutations.

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita

Sources: yoga.about.com, kemeticyoga.com, yogajournal.com

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