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Yoga Poses

Initially, the sole purpose of practicing yoga was to experience spiritual enlightenment. In Sanskrit (the ancient language of India), yoga translates as "yoke" or "union," describing the integration of mind and body to create a greater connection with one's own pure, essential nature. Today, with so many variations and poses (asanas) it's clear to see that not all yoga is created equal. This is a good thing though, because although there may be overlaps each one tends to focus on something different. The best advice is to give as many as you can a try before deciding which works best for you at this point in time. Also, remember that although many people in America take it up to create a more tone and healthier body... the real benefit of yoga is mastery of mind, body, and spirit. The three cannot be thought of as separate. Below we will take a look at the most popular variations to help us make this choice:

Vigorous (contemporary styles):

Ashtanga

Power Yoga

Jivamukti

Kali Ray TriYoga

White Lotus

Attention to Details:

Iyengar

Healing:

Integrative Yoga Therapy

Viniyoga

Svaroopa

Bikram

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Restorative Yoga

Pre/Post-Natal Yoga

Ease into Enlightenment (traditional styles):

Advanced:

Kemetic

Kundalini

Tibetan

ISHTA

Dream Yoga

Safer, but slower awakening:

Hatha

Bhakti

Jnana

Sivananda

Integral

Ananda

Kripalu

Anusara

Vinyasa

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