Wellness Notes

Styles of Yoga

As yoga has become popular and number of classes and locations mushroomed all over the world, it is not surprising there are more and more styles being offered. Once a secret knowledge held tight in the hands of relatively few and hard to find mystics, yoga has danced onto the world main stage proclaiming it is has something to offer to anyone who is seeking a happier, healthier life. Some fear this treasured knowledge will be misused while others are excited by the fusion of these ancient techniques into our modern holistic lifestyles and welcome a refreshing approach. We have to remember neither ayurveda nor yoga were designed to be a strict path of do’s and don’ts but a vital, living, personal journey toward the fulfillment of our potential.

“By degrees a person should become free of unwholesome and unnatural habits; similarly, one should try to develop wholesome natural habits. The way of doing this is to replace the unnatural with the natural. If withdrawal is gradual, addiction does not reappear; wholesome habits, gradually acquired, become firmly implanted.”

Many of the more recently developed styles are especially designed for normal householders who can give maybe less than an hour a day to formal practice. The key here is to not be afraid to seek what brings you joy so you will be inclined to find the time and reap the benefit. Some examples of different styles of yoga are Ananda Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Body-Mind Centering® Yoga, Integral Yoga, ISHTA Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga, Kripalu Yoga, Natural Yoga, Partner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Svaroopa Yoga, Viniyoga Yoga, Shadow Yoga, Forrest Yoga, etc. We hope that no matter which path of yoga you find, it will support you to go deeper, take the gifts you have experienced in your practice into the rest of your life.

Stay well.



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