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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Types Of Yoga

One of the features of yoga, which can be confusing at first, is that a variety of forms of yoga are practiced. Together, they are called yoga. While these share common elements, some focus more on postures and breathing exercises, whereas others have a greater focus on spirituality. Each emphasizes a particular path that comprises a certain set of beliefs, practices, and rituals. Yoga forms constitute a ladder of sorts, from the "lowest" form of Hatha yoga, with its focus on physical postures and breathing techniques, to the "highest" form known as Raja, or "union by mental mastery."

Newer forms of hybrids of yoga are also proposed such as Power yoga or Acu-yoga. There are also variations of yoga depending on "the teacher that is being followed."

The most popular forms of yoga are:

  • Hatha yoga ("the yoga of vitality') - The Foundation
  • Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Love
  • Karma yoga ("the yoga of action") - the Yoga of Selfless Action
  • Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Knowledge
  • Raja yoga- The Highest form of yoga
  • Mantra yoga
  • Laya, Tantra or Kundalini yoga
  • Integral Yoga (Purna Yoga)

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