YOGA means to Yoke – combing mind, body, and spirit in unison – there is no such thing as duality. YOGA is not a set of physical postures with gymnastic feel and military rigidity (e.g. having to be done in a specific way only). YOGA is a lifestyle, and a lifestyle is based on our choices, beliefs and values. Just as everyone – based on culture and social norms – have their own lifestyle that is unique to them, so does everyone have their own body type and unique anatomical structure. YOGA is for everyone.
YOGA moves beyond the physical into the spiritual, with pranayama (breathwork) and meditations. YOGA is not an exercise – it is a lifestyle – and it is what you choose it to be. The asanas (physical postures) strengthen the physical body, for the breathwork to work, to enter deeper states of meditation (if one chooses). Furthermore, physical strength brings awareness of the body, and how emotions are stored in the body. That is the power of YOGA. Physical awareness of how our bodies move, feeling the movement, understanding our thoughts create emotions that can be stored within the body, that tell us our story. YOGA IS mind, body, and spirit connection.
Through the mind, body, and spirit connection, cultivation of energy occurs, based on the chakra systems. Each posture or meditation/breathwork affects or targets the 7 major chakra systems. YOGA helps us feel and heal, connecting us to the greater consciousness – to the collective. If you are reading this and are curious, maybe YOGA or some path related in a way, is calling your name. YOGA is not a religion, but a personal enquiry and expression.
Below is a list of the most common STYLES of Yoga, however, you can make it your own based on the movement your inner self is seeking.
Styles of Yoga
Vigorous Flow/Power Yoga
- Krama Vinyasa
- Pura Yoga
- KaliRay Triyoga
- Baptise Vinyasa Power Yoga
- Forrest Yoga
- Barkan Yoga (Hot Vinyasa Yoga)
Healing Yoga/Slow Flow
- Yoga therapy
- Vini Yoga
- Yin Yoga
Alignment Based Yoga
Focus on Spiritual Growth Yoga
- Transcendental Meditation (TM)
- Integral Yoga (TM)
- Integral Yoga
Yoga as a Lifestyle
Other types of Yoga:
Terms to look up if interested to yoga: 8 limbs of yoga, pranayama, mudras, chakras, dosha, kosha, bandhas, meditation, chanting, mantras, Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, to name a few.
This is a little bit of an informative post, and a bit of reference for me too. Use it as a guide to find your own path, your own style, if you do choose YOGA in some way, as a way of life.
Enjoy. Peace & Love ❤
Some helpful Links and Apps (link will open in a new tab):
Insight timer is a great meditation app to download on smarphones or tablets – android and/or apple friendly
Some quizzes you can take if you are interested in the energetic systems of the body: