Sunday, June 12, 2011

Yoga Styles

Today I’d like to continue talking about Yoga. There are many types of yoga these days, and so, I thought I’d describe a few of the popular ones.

Mitra Tredway

Ashtanga Yoga. Created by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This form of yoga is physically challenging as it involves a continuous series of postures. Continually moving through the poses without pause tends to heat up the muscles and make you sweat! Ultimately, one’s circulation, flexibility, and strength are greatly increased.  The Ashtanga style tends to attract those who want a vigorous work out.
To find an Ashtanga instructor in your area, try this link:

Bikram Yoga. This style was created by Bikram Choudhury (a gold medal Olympic weight lifter in 1963). The most interesting thing about this method of yoga is that it is practiced in a room set at 100 degrees! According to Choudry, the heat promotes more flexibility, detoxification (through sweating), and prevention of injuries. If you want to try this style, be prepared to sweat profusely.
To find a Bikram studio in your area, try this link:

Hatha Yoga. This form is the foundation of all Yoga styles. It includes the use of Asanas (body postures), Pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation.  Hatha yoga can be used to achieve enlightenment or simply as exercise and/or stress management.
To find a Hatha yoga instructor in your area, try this link:

Kofi Bussia

Iyengar Yoga. My personal favorite.  As I mentioned in my previous post, this style was created by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar.  Practitioners gain muscular strength and flexibility. The poses are held longer than in other styles of yoga and props such as cushions and blocks allow precise alignment in the pose. The equipment (props) used in this form of yoga allow everyone to practice.
 If you would like to find an Iyengar instructor in your area, try this link:

BKS Iyengar

If you have never practiced yoga, I hope I have sparked your interest. If you practiced in the past, I hope you have been inspired to return!


Nancy Silva, ND
Faculty, Health and Wellness Dept
Kaplan University


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