Types of Yoga

Yoga can be performed everywhere, different yoga poses - Heidi Faugli Feurer- Mental Professionals, Dietikon, Zürich
Yoga can be performed everywhere.

Are you spiritual, funky or tough?

There is guaranteed a yoga type that suits you!


There are so many different types of yoga out there, and the West presents yoga as a non-religious discipline so either you want a more physically demanding class or an easy, relaxing, meditative class, there are a stable on the top ten list of training trends, and new variants are still coming.


The word yoga used in the West today is primarily a method of exercises for body and breath, but also for the mind. More specifically, it refers to yoga asanas, impulse exercises and pranayama.

Yoga asanas means "sitting positions" - it is a group of exercises performed in slow, attention-gathering pace, where it is important to achieve different levels of tension on the muscles. Impulse exercises are inspired by disciplines traditionally called Kundalini and Iaya yoga. Here the movements take place chaotic, intense and fast. Pranayama is an Indian term for breathing exercises of all kinds.


Yoga is often thought of as a type of exercise, but it is much more than just a way to keep fit.


The most common types of Yoga


A series of 26 yoga exercises and two breathing exercises performed in 40 degree heat. The heat should help the body to cleanse toxins, make the body flexible and minimize the risk of injury. The series is designed to maintain and strengthen all body organs, muscles and tendons, so that during a 90-minute session, the body will be trained, inside and out.

Training Bikram yoga regularly will provide increased flexibility, strength and balance. Those who practice it will have a feeling of increased physical and mental well-being. One should know more sense of mind, increased concentration and presence in life.




Is often called classic yoga - one of the original main branches. The form is the starting point for many of the newer variants. In Hhatha yoga, the male and female side, sun (ha) and moon (tha) unite, by doing physical exercises and breathing exercises that stimulate the two sides of the body as much. They use forward bends, back bends, right and left turn, balance exercises and upsets, and breathing exercises.

Hatha yoga promises to provide more mobility, more balanced energy, surplus, better health, less bother and hassle caused by poor circulation or low energy.



A physically demanding yoga style, where breathing, movement and meditation unite. The overall perspective has made Ashtanga popular in the West in recent years.

Ashtanga will increase body awareness, solve tension, give strength, agility, energy and a calm mind. In Ashtanga yoga, the body is used as an instrument to master eight steps, described by the philosopher Patanjali about 1500 years ago. Through practicing yoga positions and breathing techniques, the thought process will calm down.
Ashtanga is a yoga form that is physically demanding.



Kundalini yoga is a spiritual form of yoga, and as so many others are based on physical positions, meditation, mantra and breath. In Kundalini Yoga, it is about becoming conscious of yourself and creating a flow in the body. The breath is central and there is a lot of chanting, reminiscent of singing brass. 

Kundalini yoga should make it easy to get into meditation, but the hours can still be physically demanding, depending on the level. There is no focus on something beyond one's own.



A quieter form of yoga that will provide time for immersion both physically and mentally.

In most other forms of yoga, it is primarily about stretching and strengthening the muscles, but in yinyoga the goal is to stretch the connective tissue and strengthen the joints of the body. This takes a bit longer than stretching the muscles. The positions are typically held for three to five minutes.

The breath is essential, it will help to get deeper into each position, as well as help open the hips, pelvis, shoulders, back and chest. Yin yoga can be done alone or as a complement to the physically demanding yoga types, such as Ashtanga.


Yin yoga strengthens core muscles, but also works deeper in the tissues of the body by working on a posture for a long time. Yin yoga is a therapeutic and calm form of yoga that works with relaxation and to create balance in your daily life.



Iyengar yoga was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar and focuses on alignment as well as detailed and precise movements.

Iyengar yoga is based on hatha yoga, and attaches great importance to details of the positions, how to exhale them, how to perform them and how long to hold the positions.



Vinyasa means "to place in a special way" and in this case yoga postures. Vinyasa is the most athletic yoga style. Vinyasa was adapted from Ashtanga yoga in the 1980s.


In Vinyasa classes, the movement is coordinated with your breath and movement to flow from one pose to another. Many types of yoga can also be considered Vinyasa flows such as Ashtanga, power yoga, and prana. Vinyasa styles can vary depending on the teacher, and there can be many different types of poses in different sequences.



Jivamukti was founded in 1984 by Sharon Ganon and David Life. Jivamukti is mainly vinyasa flow-style classes infused with Hindu spiritual teachings. A series of chants usually open the beginning of class followed up by a series of poses that align with the five tenets of Jivamukti yoga and philosophy. At its core, this style emphasizes connection to Earth as a living being, so most Jivamukti devotees follow their vegetarian philosophy.


In Jivamukti yoga is the focus on presence and maintaining a mutual good relationship with others. The yoga form is physically challenging and mentally stimulating. Exercises are performed in floating series with transitions synchronized with the breath. Exercises are in varying sequences from hour to hour and practiced with music. Harmony, balance, music, physical, ethical and spiritual practice.


Yoga for body, mind and spirit -  Yoga is Love.....

There are also many other forms of yoga: karma yoga, tantra yoga, jnana yoga, bhakti yoga to name a few. But yoga asanas, impulse exercises and pranayama, in addition to meditation, are, in our opinion, the most consistent with what many people in the West seek. These exercises do not require a new way of life to practice and deliver results. Other yoga forms are more likely to require total lifestyle changes that may be incompatible with life in our part of the world.


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