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Decipher the Different Styles of Yoga With This Yoga Dictionary

A Yoga Dictionary From Eco18

different types of yoga

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Kundalini

What is it? The idea behind this practice is to unleash the dormant energy of enlightenment that lives in each of us called Kundalini Shakti. A class consists of chanting, deep and intense breathing, physical poses often held for long periods of time, meditations and more. This is a highly devotional practice and one that will test your ability to “keep breathing,” but I highly suggest everyone try it at least once. It will open your eyes.

Who’s it for? On one hand, I’d say those who are actively seeking a more spiritual practice, but on the other hand, I think Kundalini has surprised a lot of people who had no idea what to expect and discovered its power. This is why I suggest everyone try it at least once and see how they respond to it.

Well-known teachers: Yogi Bhajan and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Vinyasa Flow

What is it? Vinyasa flow is a different type of yoga that is full of dynamic and creative movement, lots of breathing and in which no class is ever the same. Many teach with a theme and a meditation and always close with a deep relaxation. This style often pays a bit less attention to alignment but instead focuses on freedom, creativity and the link between how we move, breathe and connect.

Who’s it for? People who enjoy moving (many dancers are drawn to this style), who find focus and meditation through movement and who enjoy that each class is never the same as the next one. Also, great for those who love music—most Vinyasa teachers play inspiring and energizing music to accompany their sequencing.

Well-known teachers: Shiva Rea, Dana Flynn, Sharon Gannon

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