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Manual for the modern ‘yogini’: what type of yoga to choose according to your way of understanding life

Summer vacation could be the perfect time to take your mat for a walk and discover the benefits of yoga. An activity halfway between sport, philosophy and lifestyle that combines physical and mental exercises to take your body and mind to another level.

More and more people are encouraged to try this ancient indian disciplinebecause they have discovered their secret: you don’t have to be a yogi (he) or a yogini (she) to enjoy their physical and spiritual benefits. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, if you’re fat or thin, or even if you’re really flexible when you start practicing it: with some discipline, yoga has the ability to calm the mind and strengthen the bodylittle by little, each one at its own speed and pace.

Don’t be intimidated by their asanas (postures, in Sanskrit), their pranayamas (or breathing exercises) or the luxurious centers that miss the point of this practice. Yoga is for anyone who, with an open mind, approaches it. That’s why today we give you the keys to choose the best type for you; because we are not all the same, and not all of us benefit from the same practice.

Of course, we recommend that, if it is your first time doing yoga, you do not jump in by yourself. Look in your nearest park or beach, there is probably an instructor offering guided practices.

Surrender to your breathing… and don’t let the soreness intimidate you. Sat nam!

For the classics: hatha

He hatha yoga It is the most widespread in the West. In Spain, it can be found in practically all yoga centers. Its name comes from the combination of two words in Sanskrit: ha (sun or positive pole) and tha (moon or negative pole).

All the types of yoga we know today come from hathasince this practice refers to all the asanas physics that exist. This type of yoga has a lot to do with the alignment of the body and the ability – physically and mentally – to maintain postures for a certain amount of time.

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This type of yoga has gentle movements that accompany changes in posture, but it focuses much more on the person’s ability to let themselves go within the asana. Without a doubt, it is for you, if you are looking for a classic yoga, that explores the limits of your body, but without going overboard. And above all, it teaches you how to breathe – something, by the way, highly recommended if you suffer from anxiety.

For the curious: vinyasa

Worldwide, it is the most practiced type of yoga. It is characterized by a sequence of asanas that happen one after another with continuous and fluid movements. Seen from the outside, a practice of vinyasa yoga it might look like synchronized choreography; It is not for nothing that it is translated from Sanskrit as connection. All movements, then, are connected to each other and to breathing.

This type of yoga is part of a series of asanas basics – which it shares with the hatha–, but each instructor is free to create her own sequences. This has the consequence that there are no two identical classes.

He vinyasa yoga It is perfect for you if you don’t want to get bored and you like constant novelty. It will also work if it is your first contact with the practice, but you are used to fitness.

For the daring: kundalini

If you’re not open to trying new experiences and you don’t have the open mind to a practice that is both mental and physical, forget about Kundalini.

His classes begin and end with singing, mantras and meditation are interspersed with the asanas, the mudras (ritual gestures), kriyas (closed exercises) and the pranayama (breathing). And the latter is key for this type of yoga to have the desired effect: taking us to another plane of balance.

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Without a doubt, it is one of the most spiritual and challenging practices. It came to the West in the 1970s with yogi Bhajan. It was at the Woodstock festival in 1969 where the first future Western teachers came into contact with this type of yoga, which they say, if you practice it regularly over time, makes you feel the same as any other yoga. high chemical.

For the most sensual: tantra

“Whatever can knock you down can also lift you up.” That is the reason for being tantra yogaone of the practices more intense and demanding that exist. So it’s not for people who give up easily.

In this type of yoga, sexuality is very present, although always in a spiritual way. Well he tantra understands the body as divine. All bodies, according to this practice, contain the masculine divinity (Siva) and the feminine (Sakti or Kundalini). What we try to achieve with this yoga is for both to unite within each other, freeing the self and identifying it with divinity.

Tantra combines chakras (energy centers), bandhas (energy blocks), asanas and mantras that help you seek inner strength and clarity. Their combination helps channel sexual energy to find yourself. You dare?

For the ‘sleepers’: nidra

Nidra is not a type of yoga per se, although it can be practiced as such. Rather, it is a type of meditationa state you reach when you are between wakefulness and deep sleep.

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This type of yoga is perfect if you are looking the most absolute relaxation. But be careful, if you fall asleep you won’t be doing it right. Its origins date back to tantra and it is a highly healing practice, especially to calm anxiety and stress.

If you need extra peace of mind, maybe this is your type of yoga.

For the ‘powerful’: ashtanga

This variety is known as power yoga and came to the West, like kundalini, in the 70s. Its practice requires memory, concentration and independence: students practice together ashtanga, but no one guides them, rather they have to have memorized the sequences beforehand. The role of the instructor is to correct postures individually.

If you love the routine, This is your practice, without a doubt. It is also if you like it sweat and feel the internal heat of which its followers speak. It is also perfect for strengthening the upper part of the body and moving in a rigorous and marked way. He ashtanga flowing asana after asana and each position has its counterposition and its inversion.

For the ‘reposadas’: iyengar

This type of yoga is ideal for those who want to take their time and learn to breathe correctly, in tune with the movement. He iyengar focuses on maintain postures correct – they are corrected to the millimeter – over a relatively long period of time.

You will like it if you don’t want to learn a lot asanas, since they are performed less than in other types of yoga. Here what counts is presence, that is, be in the here and now of posture, with body, mind and breathing.

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This type of yoga is based on the one practiced by Bellur Krishnamachar Iyengar, master yogi. And as a young man he suffered several diseases, such as the flu, tuberculosis or malaria, which left him weak and without strength. It was the yoga he adapted to his situation that helped him overcome.

For the modern ones: bikram

It was Bikram Choudhury who developed it in the 70s. Therefore, it is a type of pretty modern yoga –compared to others, which became popular at that time in the West, but which had been practiced for centuries–.

If you like warmth, order and routines, this is your type of yoga. He brikam involves carrying out a specific set of asanas in a certain order. Of course, the room has to be heated to about 40 °C – 42 °C. So if you feel good after a sweaty practice, you can’t miss trying it.

For those who need to recover: yin yoga

This branch of yoga is also quite modern, although it has its origins in Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine. Most postures – as in all disciplines – draw from the hatha yoga; However, yin prioritizes the sensations of the person who practices it rather than the precision of the asana per se.

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This type of yoga is restorative, so it is ideal if you are looking recover from an injury, especially if it is a tendon or ligament. With its practice, the muscles relax completely to deeply stretch the fascia or connective tissue. That is precisely why the yin maintains the asanas between 3 and 5 minutes.

Of course, if you dare to try it, keep in mind that you must be a conscious observer of the sensations – which are many – and of the asana.

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