Many types of yoga are named defined in the world nowadays. In the class 200hr YogaTTC, we were given a clearer picture of the type of Yoga Asana and sequance style by Mr Paalu.
1. Hatha Yoga
The Sanskrit term ‘Ha’ means sun and ‘tha’ means moon. Therefore Hatha yoga is a practice of the body, a physical practice that balances these two energies. It’s all about the basics in these slower moving poses that require you to hold each pose for a few breaths(holding time 2-3 mins). During the practice, the heart rate is supposed to be maintained 72-80/min with breathing mainly performed by belly.
2. Ashtanga Yoga
It is a challenging and orderly yoga style. Totally consisting of six series of specifically sequenced yoga poses, you’ll flow and breathe through each pose which should be hold for about 30 seconds to build internal heat. The catch is that you’ll perform the same poses in the exact same order in each class. The heart rate is supposed to be maintained aroud 100/min due to a fast pacing flow and breathing mainly through chest and throat.
3. Yin Yoga
Yin yoga poses are held for several minutes like 4-5 mins at a time paired with belly breathing pattern so that heart rate might be maintained around 60/min. Yin Yoga is designed to target your deeper connective tissues and fascia, restoring length and elasticity.
4. Kundalini Yoga
It is a relatively slow pace movement Yoga practice with low heart rate at 60/mins. You’ll perform and hold each pose for about 3 mins, meanwhile kriyas — repetitive physical exercises coupled with intense throat breath work are required to break through your internal barriers, releasing the untapped energy residing within you and bringing you a higher level of self-awareness.
Iyengar yoga is more static pose. The precision,detail and body’s alignment in each pose. Props will become helping you to work within a range of motion that is safe and effective. Each posture is held for a period of time like 5 mins and heart rate retained 90/min. Normally one practice of Iyengar will hold normally at least 1.5 hour.
By Baobei- 200hrYTT / 5 March 2018