Different Types Of yoga Styles
There are many different styles of yoga. They differ greatly in their effects and your experience when attending a yoga class. In fact many of the same styles of yoga differ depending on the teacher teaching them.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Ashtanga Yoga uses faster paced flows of yoga postures woven in and out of Sun Salutations. The movements were linked with the breath (vinyasa yoga). Created by Sri T. Krishnamacharya but developed and refined by Sri Pattabhi Jois. Read more about the origins of Ashtanga Yoga.
Bhakti yoga means the yoga of devotion or the yoga of service and surrender. It is a way in which enlightened people offer there life asa a service to god and thus experience a continual union as a result of their actions being linked with the source of yoga.
Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four. The original hot yoga with 26 postures and two breathing exercises at 105 degrees Fahrenheit seemed to be growing like wildfire until he wanted royalties and started suing everybody that didn't pay him. It wasn't really his sequences that people were flooding into Bikram Yoga studios for it was the heat which was a new thing for a while. Students loved the heat which really relaxed their muscles without a vigorous warm up and detoxified their bodies. Instead studios started calling themselves hot yoga of power yoga studios and provided different sequences so that the claws of Bikrams lawyers could not reach them. Many great yoga teachers have surrendered themselves completely to god in ego and action. Bikram Choudhury is unfortunately not one of them for if he was his yoga would be everywhere by now and he would not be acting like a possessive attached child. That whole heat up the room thing was a great idea and is the main reason his yoga style grew so popular. There are an infinite amount of yoga sequences. Who cares about Bikrams 26....you can keep them...
Almost all forms of yoga in this day and age fall into the category of Hatha yoga. Especially when there are yoga poses and breathing techniques. When Hatha yoga is refereed to in your yoga class schedule it usually refers to a slower paced class that holds the yoga postures for longer and gives deeper insight to them.
Bihar School of Yoga
Mandala Yoga Ashram