I hear you say is there more than one. Yes there are many types of Yoga. What I love about this blog is I have learned so much in researching about Yoga. It amazes me how much information is out there. There are many types of yoga on average around 10 styles.
I started with Gita Yoga and progressed to Hatha Yoga one type of Yoga many people are aware of. I will look in to these two types of Yoga and other well-known Yoga’s, such as Ashtanga and Iyengar as they are from different ends of the spectrum so I just found out.
Brief History Of Yoga:
I say brief because the blog would be to long to read. You may choose to look into the history of Yoga yourself. Well I have just opened up a can of worms.
Yoga’s rich history dates back five thousand years in ancient India in the Indus Valley Civilization (3300 – 1900 BCE) give or take a century.
Yoga has many facets as its roots lay in the Hindu religion.
So as you can imagine it history is rich and steeped in many traditions.
All I will say is Yoga is more than poses, its a way of life.
I will start with Gita Yoga because that was my introduction to Yoga for a 6-month period.
I was told by the Yoga Teacher at that time a gym environment was not really the place to teach Yoga,
I can appreciate that. So they moved on and then I was introduced to Hatha Yoga.
Before I go in to Hatha Yoga I will explain as much as I know on Gita Yoga.
The Bhagavad Gita translates to Song of the Lord uses the term Yoga in a variety of ways.
A whole chapter is dedicated to traditional yoga practice including meditation, it introduces three types of yoga, Karma, Bhakti and Jnana.
The entire basis of Gita Yoga is a sequence of ten basic postures which work on the brain and the respiratory system, the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system and seven endocrine ( hormone – producing glands).
These postures, combined with pranayama (the yogic breathing exercises) relaxation and meditation, constitute the program which has been in practice for forty years in Australia.
So it just shows you how Yoga develops and goes off in different directions.
I dare say this a natural occurrence of human nature and how we have changed over time. The 10 postures they teach is nothing new to yoga.
In there opinion the 10 postures help in this fast paced world to correct the imbalances which create illnesses to which we are subjected today.
The postures range from spinal twists, bridges, shoulder stands, and the king of poses headstand.
This particular topic could have its own blog.
Please leave a message if it a topic you would like me to discuss further.
I will possibly delve deeper in to later on but at this stage I will leave it at that.
The most known Yoga, maybe because of B.K.S Iyengar book Light on Yoga, first published in 1966.
I do have a copy and do refer to it time to time.
If you are interested in Yoga it explains many things about Yoga worth a read.
The great B.K.S. Iyengar adapted his own form of Yoga to help people from all walks of life enjoy the benefits of yoga in some capacity.
We all can’t be Yogi or Yogini to devote your life to this practice it is not always feasible.
Iyengar yoga developed many yoga props to assist a student in there Yoga practice.
OK back to Hatha Yoga breakdown of meaning, (Ha – SUN) (Tha – MOON) representing unison of the opposite forces in our body and life.
I could get real technical here and I may at times.
Hatha Yoga has been the Yoga I have done the most so I will discuss my experiences of Hatha Yoga.
My Teacher of approx 10 years in physical terms as I still evolve and learn from those experiences to this day was taught by his Mother in Sri Lanka at an early age.
I will leave names out of my blog as I am not sure if I should talk about people who I have no contact with anymore, and I have no consent to do so.
I have experienced many types of yoga.
Gentle to a fast flowing vinyasa style of yoga.
I prefer the slow gentle practice as I get older.
Hatha tends to be the slower version of yoga, much the same postures just at a slower pace.
So depending on where you are at in your physical capabilities there is a Yoga out there for you.
know I will have to come back to Hatha Yoga in another blog for more clarification on its many complexities as you can see with five thousand years of history it has too much information for one blog.
Ashtanga And Iyengar Yoga’s:
I said I would touch on this subject as it is two of the adaptions of yoga that is extremely popular in Western culture.
It has been adapted to suit the western lifestyle.
Firstly Iyengar Yoga a gentle yoga with the assistance of props, sounds like a Yoga I sure could try if it was available in my area.
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga was popularized by k. Pattabi. Jois in the early parts of the last century.
Ashtanga means 8 Limbs or Branches of yoga, which I have mentioned in previous blogs.
Yoga is all interconnected so you will find over time I will be referring back and forth.
Ashtanga Vinyasa a fast flowing yoga with strong postures this yoga may suit the more physical type person.
Thoughts on this blog is Yoga has been evolving for five thousand years and will continue to do so no matter what I think.
I was one who thought yoga should be more traditional.
This idea is narrow-minded and has changed even while doing this blog.
In this life you have many options to choose from some good and bad.
I can honestly say Yoga is a good thing, and whichever Yoga choose will be a good for you.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.
I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any Yoga questions or comments.
I’m happy to help any way that I can.
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