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Different Types of Yoga/Dosha Formed By Rahu
In astrology Rahu and Ketu are not regarded as substantial heavenly bodies with an observable body, shape or mass like other seven planets. They are described as shadow planets by Indian astrologers. Westerners have named them dragon's head [Rahu] and dragon's tail [Ketu].

Though Rahu is considered as a malefic planet by astrologers, it is capable of producing the results caused by the combination of the sign lord, star lord and sub lord.

Certain position/association of Rahu produces specific yoga's and dosha in the horoscope, creating a pattern of specific predictive events in one's life.

Kaalsarp-dosha:

All the seven planets are posited between Rahu and Ketu axis. This yoga creates obstacles, hindrance and difficulty in native's life. It yoga makes a person industrious, hardworking, aware of one's own ability- despite mental restlessness.

It raises the natives to top positions in their respective fields provided of course other auspicious Yoga's are also present in the chart.

The natives may get betrayed by trusted friends and even relatives.

Grahan or Eclipse yoga:

This yoga formed when the luminaries Sun/Moon combined with Rahu. This yoga creates unstable mentality, phobias, psychosis in the native. Sun with Rahu indicates difficulty through Government officials, litigation and loss of profession and prestige.

Moon and Rahu combination induces worry, anxiety and inferiority complex in the native.

Angarak yoga:

Mars and Rahu combined in a house. Difference with owns brother is indicated. Create anger, jealousy, and hatred in the native besides excess of body heat.

This yoga gives a burning personality with angry disposition. Such people speak blunt, killing truth right on the face.

The native may act brutal, ruthless and insensitivity.

Chandal yoga:

Jupiter combined with Rahu creates chandal yoga. This yoga creates many obstacles and hindrance in the life of native. There might be possibility of being cursed by the mentor or guru in the past lives. The native acts immorally and perform many misdeeds.

Due to lust for excessive materialistic life the native often misuses his position and authority.

Pitra- dosha:

This yoga formed when Rahu combined with Sun in 2nd /9th house. This yoga indicates possibility of curses/sins/sufferings of ancestors of present/past lifes. This yoga creates unexplained sufferings, loss of progeny, mysterious diseases, and disgrace in native's life.

Cyclic occurrence of negative thoughts, bad deeds and sudden unexplained events in one's life indicate pitra-dosha. Beside mental and physical problems this yoga causes spiritual hindrance in one's life.

Nand yoga:

This yoga is formed when Rahu and Saturn combined in a house. Rahu is the friend of the deprived. This yoga induces contradiction and frustration in the personality.

It denotes excessive rigidity and orthodoxy of the native. Under pressure of the karmic bondage of this yoga, one is forced to take major risks in a conservative and punitive environment.

Inconsistency, indecision and frustration are caused by this yoga. The native have to face constant betrayal and fraud.

Jadattva yoga:

Rahu combined with Mercury. Native has to face many economical and social problems in life. His common sense and intelligence get impaired.

This yoga induces weak memory and neurosis problems in the native.

The native has traits of lying; harmful intent and trickery. He may have quality of quick thinking and communication skills.

BY

GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What types of yoga are best for healing depression?
    I think I am depressed, and I have significant lack of interest in my work. I used to do yoga, hatha yoga, and it helped.

    I want to start again. What types of yoga are best for healing depression?

    • ANSWER:
      When you experienced the benefits of yoga why don't you start it. Just take it easy when you
      start and concentrate more on static postures like Kati Chakrasana, Tadasana, Vrikshasana
      Parvatasana plus sit in meditative pose holding Vayu Vardak Mudra also called Gyan mudra.
      The mudra is performed by simply touching the tip of the thumb with the tip of the forefingers
      and keeping other three fingers straight and palms facing upward. This has to be done with
      both the hands. Good luck and God bless. Cheers! :o )

  2. QUESTION:
    What types of Yoga would be good for soccer?
    What types of Yoga would be good for soccer? I know there are different types but am not entirely sure which to try that would best suited for physical fitness for soccer performance. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I would think you'd want a yoga style that contributes to your stamina/endurance.
      If that sounds correct, look for instruction that bills itself as either Power yoga, Ashtanga yoga, or at minimum, Vinyasa yoga.

      If your gym/fitness center offers a yoga class, it's likely some sort of Power yoga.

      Ashtanga yoga is a more regimented form of Power yoga. You may want to save trying that until you decide if you're really interested in yoga.

      Your last choices would probably be styles such as Iyengar, Anusara, Restorative, Kundalini, plus others I'm leaving out.

      Good luck,
      dwb

  3. QUESTION:
    How many different types of yoga are there?
    Im a bit confused on how yoga works, are there certain branches that branch off into different types?

    • ANSWER:
      By "yoga" will assume you mean practice of physical poses (asana), as opposed to all the yogas where asana practice is not a component (e.g. Bhakti, Jnana, Karma, Laya, etc).

      I've never seen a list of Hatha yoga styles that claims to be complete, likely because with the heavy commercialization of Hatha yoga over last thirty years or so, it seems "new" styles are so frequently being introduced as the latest, greatest style.

      The following list is a good start, but again does not attempt to be complete.
      One prominent omission is "power" yoga.
      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/Styles%20of%20Contemporary%20Hatha.pdf

      Namaste',
      dwb

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me a breakdown of the different types of yoga?
    I don't know much about any of it, but am interested. I've heared of hatha yoga, but I know there are many different forms or types of it. Can someone break this down for me a little bit, and explain what each includes?

    • ANSWER:
      I personally practice vinyasa, which is based in hatha, but focuses on the flow from one asana into another. There is also a lot of pranayama (breath work), and the asanas chosen are often designed to create heat in the body. It can be pretty sweaty stuff.

      I also like Anusara yoga. It's sort of a new style, but the one or two classes I've attended, it was quite beautiful - they talk a lot about the inner goodness of humans.

  5. QUESTION:
    Hinduism~How many types of yoga are there? And what type helps the best?
    I have heard of so many types of yogas. And now-a-days Power Yoga is in vogue. Are these all completely different types or just variations in The Yogas.

    • ANSWER:
      Yoga is of only one type that means union with God. Whatever helps you to be united with God is Yoga. If we will make a particular method for attaining him, our religion will also be as rigid as like religions like Islam and Christianity.

      That is why frequently many techniques were introduced in Hinduism with the surname Yoga. A few are here.
      1)Raja Yoga
      2)Karma Yoga
      3)Hatha Yoga
      4)Mantra Yoga
      5)Shakti Yoga
      6)Sankhya Yoga
      7)Ashtanga Yoga
      8)Kundalini Yoga
      9)Sampoorna Yoga
      10)Karma Yoga
      11)Prema Yoga
      12)Sanyas Yoga
      13)Shruta Shabda Yoga
      14)Swar Yoga
      15)Paatanjal Yoga
      16)Nirvan Yoga
      17)Shabda Yoga
      18)Prana Vinamaya Yoga
      19)Kriya Yoga
      20)Naad Yoga
      21)Tatwa Yoga
      22)Japa Yoga
      23)Dhyan Yoga
      24)Mano Vigrah Yoga
      25)TANTRA Yoga
      26)Atma Yoga
      27)Shakti Sadhana Yoga
      28)Sankirtan Yoga
      29)MahaYoga
      30)Pranav Yoga
      31)Bhakti Yoga
      and many other.

      Start with Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga...........try to use almost every technique. Ashtanga Yoga and Japa Yoga are also very important.

      Prem Yoga is the toughest form of Yoga(ex. Meera and Namdev).

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the differences in the various types of Yoga?
    I am new to Yoga and would like to learn more. What are the different types of Yoga and how do they differ from one and another?

    • ANSWER:
      Assuming that you mean only yoga asana (the practice of physical postures), the following link/page is a good place to start.
      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/Styles%20of%20Contemporary%20Hatha.pdf

      Note it does not claim to cover all styles.
      I've never seen a list anywhere that does, probably due to Hatha yoga being so commercialized in the West that it seems "new" styles are so frequently created/promoted.

      Namaste',
      dwb

  7. QUESTION:
    what types of yoga are there and what do the different types affect?
    what types of yoga are there and what do the different types affect. also what are the levels of yoga like beginner to advanced and how do u know where you stand if u choose to practice it at home

    • ANSWER:
      I'll assume you mean just Hatha yoga, or perhaps more accurately, just the practice of postures/asana (as opposed to Bhakti, Karma, or Jnana yoga).

      The brief descriptions of various styles of Hatha yoga at following link may be of help.
      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/articles_styles.html

      As far as levels, there is generally nothing that corresponds to, for example, different colored belts as in Karate.

      A given individual practicing asana may be able to do a fairly advanced back bend pose, yet still be working on accomplishing a moderate level balancing pose.
      Or perhaps they have no problem holding headstand (Sirsasana) for several minutes, yet still lack strength to hold Chaturanga Dandasana (Four limbed staff pose).

      The yoga studio I frequent describes it classes as Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, etc.
      Level 1 is considered an introductory level.
      Level 2 is where backbends and inversions are introduced.
      Level 3 includes more advanced level balancing, backbend, and inversion poses.

      Each studio is likely to have it's own definition/descriptions of levels.

      Thus, the idea of levels can be difficult to apply broadly, since perhaps you are able to do some fairly challenging poses, but still have difficulty with other poses.

      Namaste',
      dwb

  8. QUESTION:
    What types of yoga are not safe during pregnancy?
    I know there are certain moves you shouldn't do, does anyone know what they are, is a traditional yoga video ok if I know what they are?

    • ANSWER:
      All types of exercise can be beneficial to pregnant women, and specifically yoga can be very beneficial. Of course, if you are starting a new exercise plan you should check with your doctor. But, for most women who want to continue, or try yoga it is completely safe, with a few modifications and precautions. Common sense dictates that if, during your pregnancy, you are uncomfortable on your back you should avoid any pose that includes lying on your back. However, while experts are torn on this subject there is some concern that lying on your back could restrict blood flow to your uterus and cause you to be dizzy, light headed or short of breath. Additionally, you should avoid lying directly on your stomach after your fourth month, or sooner if it becomes uncomfortable. Use a chair or the wall to help keep your balance. While your body is changing your center of gravity may be a bit skewed and falling could harm yourself or your baby. Bend from your hips, not your back. To improve breathing keeping distance between your breastbone and your pubic bone will help. If you bend forward while sitting you can use a towel wrapped around your feet while holding both ends to help avoid squeezing your abdomen. While bending from the hips, lift your chest – this will also help. Keep your pelvis upright when you stretch your chest and or thighs. Take special care with twisting poses. Try to twist more from the shoulders than the abdomen. During pregnancy your muscles are particularly prone to strains because your body is producing hormones to help your uterus relax. These hormones affect all your connective tissues, so make sure that you don’t over do any stretch, taking special care with your abdominal muscles. Make sure you pay attention to your body’s cues. If any thing is uncomfortable you should stop. As your baby grows you will need to make greater accommodations. For specific ideas on what to do while you are pregnant you may want to try Yoga for Pregnancy: Safe and Gentle Stretches by Sandra Jordan or the video Yoga for your Pregnancy with prenatal expert Kristen Eykel as your guide.

      It has been said that yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy, but why? Not only does it help you stay fit, it helps improve your energy level and allows you to become more in tune or intimate with your body. Yoga can help with the aches and pains of pregnancy and with mental issues such as moodiness. In turn, yoga can help you have a smooth pregnancy and natural childbirth. Yoga exercises, through a series of gentle stretches, help tone the reproductive organs, pelvis and the rest of your body to ensure an easier childbirth. Yoga breathing exercises, and the act of controlling your energy (or Prana) provide your baby with vital oxygen and the energy from that oxygen. If you are a strong breather you will be more fit and ready for childbirth. Just as Lamaze teaches breathing techniques, so does yoga. Additionally, mastery of yoga breathing techniques can help ease the tension of labor and could help decrease the possibility of postpartum depression. Once you learn meditation through yoga you will have an incredible self awareness that will put you in tune with your baby. It is well known that meditation can help alleviate stress, poor health and fatigue.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the different types of yoga?
    I know there are different types of yoga but i was wondering what they are and what the best ones for beginners are? I also want to know if yoga can be used as something to assist with weight lose? thanks

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if there is a yoga that combines all of the types of yogas together?
    I am interested in starting yoga. I am an 18 year old athletic guy. I only know a little bit about yoga from what I've read online. I am not sure which yoga to do. They all seem to have such great benefits. I don't want to miss out on the benefits of any of them. Is there a yoga that incorporates all of the elements(ie, breathing, meditation, flexibility, strength, endurance, spirituality, stress relief, etc)? I want to cover all my bases and take a well rounded approach. Right now, I just do meditation and I jog and do calisthenics. I am really excited to know more about yoga.

    • ANSWER:
      you meditate at 18? WOW. anyway, richard hettleman , i'm not sure if i've got the first name or spelling right, but you can google it down, has a book which combines all kinds of asanas and teaches you yoga in 28 days. It's an extremely old, but popular book.Might be what you're looking for.

  11. QUESTION:
    How many types of yoga's are there?
    I know there are several different types. Can anyone please explain what types there are and what's is done in each of them. Thanks, just curious. Need to be enlightened.

    • ANSWER:
      Will assume you mean types of Hatha yoga (the practice of physical postures known as asanas), as opposed to 'non-physical' forms of yoga - such as Bhakti, Karma, Jnana yoga, in which asana practice is not a central component.

      I've never seen a list of Hatha yoga styles that claims to include them all.
      This may likely be mainly because people are frequently modifying, combining, or creating 'new' styles of Hatha yoga.

      Within last fifty years or so, especially in Western hemisphere , Hatha yoga has become heavily commercialized; thus there is financial, and ego(fame) incentive to create/teach/promote 'the latest and greatest" form of Hatha yoga as a business.

      Noting that, the list of styles, with brief descriptions, at following site is a good start.
      Compiled by George Feuestein, a respected scholar of many historical yoga types.

      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/Styles%20of%20Contemporary%20Hatha.pdf

      Namaste',
      dwb

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any types of yoga that do not have a background in religion?

    'Dances w/ Buddha' - to clarify, I meant yoga with it's original roots in religion. Anything we do today can have some 'background' in religion. But that doesn't mean that it would have it's roots, or its beginning there. I am looking for a type of yoga that doesn't have it's roots, or it's beginning, from religion. In other words, a type of yoga that did not START as a type of religious practice.

    • ANSWER:
      to my knowledge, no yoga is religious. spiritual perhaps, but you arent praying to a god or anything with yoga.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the different types of yoga classes and what are the pro's and con's of each?
    I wanted one that will help me tone up and lose a bit of weight while also helps get rid of stress and will also help me relax.

    • ANSWER:
      bikram --- aka hot yoga ... it detoxs you and the heat makes you more flexable you lose weight too

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of yoga and which is best for me?
    I know there are different types of yoga. Which is for someone who has a build of 5'5" and 110 pounds ( so no weight loss, or heavy-sweating type yoga)? I just want to maintain flexibility and give myself more energy without coffee.

    • ANSWER:
      here try this one it looked good to me. it is not very physically demanding and is good for stress relief :)

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of Yoga? How many types of Yoga does exist? What are they? How to do that?
    I must control my diet.. But sometimes some tasty food stuff defeating my diet control. I'll feel sad after taking my favorite dish ( sometimes ).. I am worrying a lot about my diet controls.. If i do Yoga properly, can i take my favorite dishes as my wish???

    Note : Please answer my main question and also sub question

    • ANSWER:
      Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग yóga) refers to traditional physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines, originating in ancient India, whose goal is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility

      The Sanskrit word yoga has the literal meaning of "yoke", from a root yuj. As a term for a system of abstract meditation or mental abstraction it was introduced by Patanjali in the 2nd century BC. Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a yogi or yogini.

      The goals of yoga are varied and range from improving health to achieving Moksha. Within the Hindu monist schools of Advaita Vedanta, Shaivism and Jainism, the goal of yoga takes the form of Moksha, which is liberation from all worldly suffering and the cycle of birth and death (Samsara), at which point there is a realization of identity with the Supreme Brahman. In the Mahabharata, the goal of yoga is variously described as entering the world of Brahma, as Brahman, or as perceiving the Brahman or Atman that pervades all things. For the bhakti schools of Vaishnavism, bhakti or service to Svayam bhagavan itself may be the ultimate goal of the yoga process, where the goal is to enjoy an eternal relationship with Vishnu.

      Types of yoga :-

      1.Yama (The five "abstentions"): non-violence, non-lying, non-covetousness, non-sensuality, and non-possessiveness.
      2.Niyama (The five "observances"): purity, contentment, austerity, study, and surrender to god.
      3.Asana: Literally means "seat", and in Patanjali's Sutras refers to the seated position used for meditation.
      4.Pranayama ("Suspending Breath"): Prāna, breath, "āyāma", to restrain or stop. Also interpreted as control of the life force.
      5.Pratyahara ("Abstraction"): Withdrawal of the sense organs from external objects.
      6.Dharana ("Concentration"): Fixing the attention on a single object.
      7.Dhyana ("Meditation"): Intense contemplation of the nature of the object of meditation.
      8.Samādhi ("Liberation"): merging consciousness with the object of meditation

      Yoga in bhagavat gita :-

      Karma yoga: The yoga of action.
      Bhakti yoga: The yoga of devotion, note Krishna had also specified devotion it self was action similar to above.
      Jnana yoga: The yoga of knowledge.
      Vigiyan yoga: The yoga of science.

  16. QUESTION:
    Of the different types of Yoga, which kind is just stretching?
    I need to stretch without any workout type movements.

    Thanks :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Yin Yoga involves deep stretching and holding the poses for a long time. It is a quiet practice and the poses are done seated or laying as opposed to standing. The idea is to stretch the connective tissue as well as the muscles.

      Restorative Yoga is poses that are more "opening" than stretching and the poses are held for a long period of time as well. It uses props such as blankets, straps, sandbags and blocks for support. Very relaxing.

      Hope that helps!

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the different types of yoga and what are the differences?
    Links appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean only styles of Hatha yoga -- practices where physical postures ("asana") are a main component (in the West, sometimes the only), following is a fairly good list (but by no means complete; I've never come across a list that claims to be complete):

      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Styles-of-Contemporary-Hatha.pdf

      If you mean yoga in the broadest sense (more than just union of physical body and mind; "the realization in direct experience of the preexisting union between the individual consciousness and the universal consciousness"), then following site is a good place to start:

      http://www.swamij.com/yoga.htm

      Namaste',
      dwb

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the different types of Yoga?
    I've been trying to research it and nothing I am finding is explaining jack.

    • ANSWER:
      Some you can start with are:
      Kundalini yoga
      Hatha Yoga
      Vinyasa Yoga
      Iyengar Yoga
      Bikram Yoga

      try Googling "what is (insert yoga type here)"
      and see what comes up. you can get some clues as to what to google next as you learn more as you read different sites.
      Research means you will have to interpret the information you get and put it all together as you read from different sources. If you are lucky, you will find one source that explains it simply, but chances are you won't, as each of the disciplines of yoga can be very complicated.

      What I know of Kundalini yoga is that it focuses on the energy centers and the endocrine system of the body. It will focus more on the flexibility of the spine, as it is believed that the ultimate flow of energy in the body travels through the spine, and any blockage in this flow is what leads to physical ailments and also a lack of spiritual growth, as well as emotional problems.

      I know that other yoga disciplines focus on what is known as an 8 limbed path of progress, and when each limb is mastered, the individual progresses. YOu could also Google "8 limbed path" and see what you find there.

      I'll leave you with this as I think it's a good starting point.
      Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some types of yoga are there?
    I'm looking for yoga exercises that help you lose weight, relax or calm you down?

    • ANSWER:
      http://yoga.about.com/od/yogafa1/f/loseweight.htm

  20. QUESTION:
    Types of yoga: flexibility, what's right for me?
    I understand that there are numerous types of yoga, but what focuses on flexibility such as contortion? I'm sure i'm to old to be "professional" flexible. Would Bikram yoga be suitable for me? I'm still new to yoga and interested in a path that you may suggest. Please, add any other info if you wish, thanks for you time.

    • ANSWER:
      Any type of yoga if it is advance will help you. But I recomment Vinyasa yoga.

  21. QUESTION:
    How many different types of yoga is there?

    • ANSWER:
      hi there
      i also do yoga.... as i know there are 4 types of yoga...
      we have raja, the self control yoga, then karma service, jnana scholar and bhakti devotional...there are some minor styles also called tantra...majority of these comprise alignment and form and blending or ashtanga ...
      Try any, youd feel relaxed and rejuvenated... doing yoga at home is relaxing..

  22. QUESTION:
    astrologers please tell me how many types of yoga are present in my horoscope?
    Is there any kind of dhan yoga present ?Dob 23/08/1985 kolkata (3:58) am

    • ANSWER:
      18 yogas.

  23. QUESTION:
    As many types of yoga as you know?
    I love looking up stuff about yoga so i wanted to see how many types we can list on one page. I'll start with Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, and Kriya yoga. List as many as you want, I'm curious!

    • ANSWER:
      Vinyasa, AStANGA, KuNDALINI, "hOT YOGA"

      i cheated i only knew kundalini.. maybe karma?/

      Love

  24. QUESTION:
    what's the best calorie burning yoga workout online?
    i'm a teenager and i want to loose some weight and i really like yoga and i heard that some types yoga can burn alot of calories. please help, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Doing yoga is a great exercise and a way of life. Bikram Yoga (a specific set of movements done in a room heated to 105 degrees) and Vinyasa Yoga (continual movement attached to the breath) are both fabulous calorie burning exercises. In order to get all the benefits of yoga, you should be practicing with a trained Yoga instructor. It is a very nuanced and isometric exercise and only going through the movements, as tends to happen when following a video, will give you minimal results.
      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    are there places that offer different types of classes (yoga, ballroom, swimming) in one place?
    I know there are places that have different types of hobbies/sports that offer lessons. From yoga to tennis to baking, even. What do you call those places? (im not talking about a country club or school, but an actual building/place that offers various classes for different activities)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they are called Community Colleges.

  26. QUESTION:
    which of these types of yoga is best for beginners?
    Ashtanga, Vinyassa, Hatha and Iyengar?

    • ANSWER:
      My opinion there is no answer, as instruction in all these should/can be offered at a beginners level.
      Also it depends on what appeals to you.

      Technically, "Hatha" yoga is any yoga where practice of asana (physical postures) is a large component, thus, everything you've listed is Hatha yoga.
      (although true Hatha yoga is more than only asana practice, but that's another topic).

      If a class is described simply as Hatha yoga it likely indicates instruction that focuses on no particular style.
      (A hundred years ago there was only "Hatha yoga" in terms of style of asana practice).

      Iyengar is generally considered very detail orientated.
      When taught by a knowledgeable instructor, there will be much emphasis on subtleties of correct physical alignment.

      Both Ashtanga and Vinyasa focus on "flowing" from one posture to the next in time with inhale/exhale.

      In Ashtanga, the sequence of poses is set (although there could be variations of poses that a beginner might use in working towards accomplish the desired pose).
      In Vinyassa, there is potentially much more variety in the sequence of poses.

      Following list may give you a bit more idea of what to expect from various styles.
      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/Styles%20of%20Contemporary%20Hatha.pdf

      I would emphasize that the quality of teacher and your rapport with them is at least as, if not more than, important than particular style.
      I would rather go to a knowledgeable instructor of a style that was perhaps not my favorite, than go to a mediocre teacher in favorite style.

      Namaste',
      dwb

  27. QUESTION:
    How many types of Yoga are there?

    • ANSWER:
      There are probably nearly as many styles of yoga as there are teachers. Every teacher brings his/her own special blend of training, influences, and interests to the class. Some of the more popular styles are....

      Anusara- known for it's emphasis on good alignment and a heart centered practice
      Mysore- a flowing (or vinyasa) style with a set sequence of poses that you practice at your own pace
      Vinyasa- a catch all term for a style in which one pose moves directly into the next in a flowing style
      Hatha or Classical- catch all terms for classes that emphasize careful alignment and holding poses for a period of time
      Iyengar- a classical style founded by BKS Iyengar, promoting careful alignment and starting with standing poses as the foundation or your practice
      Bikram- a flowing style practiced in a hot room to release toxins
      Ashtanga- a vigorous flowing practice that practices the same sequence of poses as Mysore but in a group

      And there are others... I'm sure an internet search could turn up a least a dozen other styles.

      Namaste!

  28. QUESTION:
    Can you please describe the different types of yoga?
    And a little about the benefits of each one.

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean only Hatha yoga, of which the practice of asana (physical poses) is a key component (in the West, is often ONLY component people practice), then the following list will be a start.

      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Styles-of-Contemporary-Hatha.pdf

      (Above list is only a start. I know no list that claims to be complete, likely because "new" modern styles so frequently come and go).

      If however you mean all types of yoga for paths to the realization through direct experience of the preexisting union (such as Karma yoga, Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, and many others) you may have to seek further on your own, as I know of no good, single source.

      Btw, the article at following link is a great introduction to the difference between traditional, authentic yoga versus modern, superficial yoga: http://www.swamij.com/traditional-yoga.htm
      Also, highly informative video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwcKxsYHm3c&feature=player_embedded#!

      Namaste,
      dwb

  29. QUESTION:
    what is pranayama ? and in hatha yoga how many types of pranayam they mentioned?
    these days we listen so much about yoga, pranayama. actually what it is, can anyone explain in a good way what is pranayama and how many types of pranayamas have ?

    • ANSWER:
      During breathing for Pranayama inhalation (puraka) stimulates the system and fills the lungs with fresh air; retention (kumbhaka) raises the internal temperature and plays an important part in increasing the absorption of oxygen; exhalation (rechak) causes the diaphragm to return to the original position and air full of toxins and impurities is forced out by the contraction of inter-costal muscles. These are the main components leading to Pranayama which massage the abdominal muscles and tone up the working of various organs of the body. Due to the proper functions of these organs , vital energy flows to all the systems. The success of Pranayama depends on proper ratios being maintained between inhalation, exhalation and retention.

  30. QUESTION:
    how many types of yoga are ?
    I've heard of hatha yoga. What is Ienga?

    • ANSWER:
      First, be aware that especially in West hemisphere (and perhaps particularly the US), the word yoga is frequently misused to represent only the practice of physical poses ('asanas').

      There are yogas that traditionally have nothing to do with asana practice, such as Jnana yoga, Karma yoga, and Bhakti yoga.

      Will assume your question is about asana practice, which in general, can be covered under term Hatha yoga (which itself could be considered under Raja yoga).

      I've never seen a list of Hatha yoga styles that claimed to be complete, likely because people (again particularly in the West) are frequently modifying and mixing styles and giving these 'new' styles names.

      List at following link is fairly good.
      The "Ienga" you mention is likely Iyengar style.

      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/articles_styles.html

      Namaste',
      dwb

  31. QUESTION:
    What are all the different types of yoga and what are they about?
    eg. Vinyasa, Bikram, Power etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Following list will give you some idea: http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/Styles%20of%20Contemporary%20Hatha.pdf

      This list does not have "power" yoga, which is modeled after Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga Vinyasa, but unlike Ashtanga Vinyasa, has no set sequence of poses.

      I never seen a list that claims to have all types, likely because "new" types are so frequently being created/combined.

      Namaste',
      dwb

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the 5 types of Yoga that Hindus practice?
    ....

    • ANSWER:
      It should be three.
      Karma
      jnana
      Bhakti

      Other yogas are synonyms of Bhakti-yoga.

      Please chant HARE KRISHNA and be happy

  33. QUESTION:
    Yoga types?
    What type of yoga is generally taught in gyms? I attend the yoga class at my university but am unsure of the type I am engaging in. I have a bad back (two injuries already at the age of 23) so yoga is the best way for me to keep in shape without too much impact on my spine. Anybody that wants to share their knowledge of yoga and its multifaceted impacts and the types commonly taught in gyms are welcome...

    • ANSWER:
      Probably what is somewhat generically called Power yoga.

      Most Power yoga is derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, the difference being that in Power yoga, there is no set series of asanas (poses) you must follow.

      In true Ashtanga Vinyasa, the series of asanas you perform is always the same.

      If you get the chance, I highly recommend the Ashtanga dvd's by either Melanie Fawer or David Swenson.

      Namaste',
      dwb

  34. QUESTION:
    who first introduce yoga?plz give detail about yoga..how many types of yoga?which ones is famous?
    who first introduce yoga?plz give detail about yoga..how many types of yoga?which ones is famous...

    • ANSWER:
      yogis of india
      three yogas
      karma,bhakti and gyan

  35. QUESTION:
    What type of yoga should a beginner start with?
    I'm a 25 year old female and looking to relieve stress and find balance, while tone and strengthen my body. There are SO many different types of yoga out there - which is best for a newbie?

    • ANSWER:
      The following link has descriptions of some of the more common styles of contemporary Hatha yoga.

      It may give you an idea what most appeals to you.
      (although even if you are located in/close to a large city, I doubt you will find a instructor for every style listed here).

      http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/Styles%20of%20Contemporary%20Hatha.pdf

      As important (perhaps more) is finding a teacher you enjoy and respect.

      Best wishes.
      Namaste'
      dwb

  36. QUESTION:
    What type of yoga builds muscle the most?
    I want to try yoga, but there are so many different types I don't know where to start. I was wondering what kind of yoga is the best for building muscle and getting toned.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, little descripton about yoga :

      Yoga is a general term to refer to at least 8 types of practice, each one slightly different from the other. Probably the yoga practice that can be considered as a more general way of doing physical yoga is Hatha, which can include many of the yoga disciplines that require physical practice. This type of yoga is gentle and the pace is slow, which makes it a good choice for beginners.

      Madonna, Sting and Ashley Judd an artist who does yoga practice. To choose the kind of yoga, you can contact the nearest yoga practitioner of your city

  37. QUESTION:
    Which type of yoga should I do to become more flexible?
    I am looking to be more flexible, I can almost do the splits. I am trying out for cheer leading in a few weeks. I want to be as strong and as flexible as I can. I've heard there is a lot of different types of yoga, I just want the one thats best for becoming more flexible and stronger. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      try pilates its really nice and its a good work out too (:

  38. QUESTION:
    How Do I figure out what type of yoga is best for me?
    There's a handful of different types of yoga out there. I'm overweight and never done yoga before. How do I figure out which one is best for me and where do I start? I'm so confused over the different types.

    • ANSWER:
      at you are beginner "surya namaskar" is best for you.... search this word in google and you will get enough information.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the most calming/relaxing type of Yoga?
    I realize that there is many types of Yoga but the one that I want is the most relaxing one, in your opinion. I am already fit. I need to work a little on flexibility but I just want to feel relaxed and clam, reducing stress and such, similar to meditation. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Think you want restorative yoga.

      In restorative yoga, you often use a variety of props to support the body in a given pose which then requires very little effort -- often none at all, to hold the pose.
      Thus, you can completely relax into the pose, and often hold it for several minutes.

      Google "restorative yoga" to find more info, plus at youtube for videos.

      Namaste',
      dwb

  40. QUESTION:
    Different types of yoga and pilates?
    Please, please, please can someone outline to me the different types of yoga and pilates and tell me what the main differences and aims of each are?? I have looked at wikipedia.org but it is mainly about the history and is a bit confusing TBH!

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yoga aim's to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit

      Pilate's works the whole body, emphasising control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body. Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the focus is on quality not quantity. Pilate's can be done with the Pilate's ball, the board or the mat

  41. QUESTION:
    Different types of yoga?
    I have a Kundalini Yoga DVD that I have just started and am enjoying, but I would also like to take a class. The only classes that are offered in my area are Iyengar. Is it possible to take two different types of yoga simultaneously?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. They may each help the other.

  42. QUESTION:
    Types of Yoga, good, bad, etc...?
    I've heard that some types are "bad" and poisionous somehow. Can anyone explain the major types and why one would be better than another and why any of them could possibly be bad for a person?

    • ANSWER:
      Yoga haas only been good to me. I feel stronger, happier, and morein tune with myself. I don't see anything bad about that.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Kundalini yoga and Hatha yoga?
    I want to know what is the real difference between these 2 types of yoga?
    Any difference in poses? Which one is more stretching? Which one is more energetic?

    Anyone can describe what a session in a Kundalini class is like?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hatha yoga is a particular system of Yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama. Hatha Yoga is one of the two branches of Yoga that focuses on the physical culture. (see Wikipedia) Hatha yoga is known as "yoga of posture"

      Kundalini yoga focuses on psycho-spiritual growth and the body's potential for maturation, giving special consideration to the role of the spine and the endocrine system in the understanding of yogic awakening. Kundalini is a concentrated form of prana or life force, lying dormant in chakras in the body.(see Wikipedia) Kundalini yoga is known as "Yoga of awareness".

  44. QUESTION:
    I am been practicing Ananda Yoga but recently started Kundalini Yoga, is it beneficial to practice both?
    These two types of Yoga are so different, is it beneficial to do both or do you focus on only one? Kundalini is far more aggressive in it's physical approach but also has more chanting. Very different from Hatha Yoga! But I enjoy both approaches.

    What do the Yoga experts say?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a yoga expert but i think a mix between the two can be beneficial for your health as it can help you with different parts of the body and have a variety rather than just one type of method.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to improve memory and concentration?yoga type something?
    How to improve memory and concentration?
    Is yoga the only one?if so than what type of yoga?or what type of nutrition?

    • ANSWER:
      i won't say that only yoga can improve concentration and memory but i can say that yoga would definitely improve memory and concentration and if you have any doubts you can refer to this site http://www.divinewellness.com/

  46. QUESTION:
    What sort of yoga would suit a beginner? looking for something that really makes me flexible?
    I did one yoga class and turns out I'm actually pretty flexible. I love getting into all those strange positions...I know all types of yoga is about positions, but is there any particular type that is specificaly for flexibility and improving posture?

    There seem to be lots of different names for the courses so maybe someone can help?

    Thanks a mill

    • ANSWER:
      Hi paperclip!

      All yoga that includes asanas (the different positions) can help increase flexibility and improve posture. As a beginner, you might want to try a few hatha classes. These are what people typically think of when they think of yoga. Hatha is great because you determine your own level. If you're a beginner, you stick with beginner positions. If you're more advanced, you can move into more advanced positions. As you learn more about yoga, you can explore different kinds like yin, vinyasa, ashtanga, bikram, etc. and then decide what works best for you.

      Laura
      GEC Online Community
      lululemon athletica

  47. QUESTION:
    yoga.......?
    what does it do? is there any type of yoga that gets your body in shape? to make you lose weight? (like only 5lb's) if there is what is it called?

    • ANSWER:
      All yoga when done regularly should offer you toning, but if you are looking for a physically intense yoga, you probably want to take an astanga yoga class (these are pretty common and you should be able to find one near you on the net).

      Bikram yoga is a popular variant, but it is done in a heated room and is not for everyone. Like astanga, is a more dynamic yoga where the asanas are done one after another in a series. Bikram are also pretty common and you can find the closest centre on the internet

      Namaste and good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there a book that explains yoga completely?
    I'm looking for a book that covers all the different aspects of yoga as well as all the types of yoga. I just started doing what I think is called Astanga yoga. I am so confused though because there are so many different words to remember and different types of yoga (ie. plasha yoga, asana, and I can't remember all the rest). I want something like an encyclopedia of yoga, so that I can learn about the philosophy, the types of yoga, the meanings of all the words, the history, the poses, the mantras, etc. I don't want a book that focuses on just one type of yoga or on just one aspect of yoga. There are plenty of those. It's like a wild goose chase trying to find the essential stuff to read. Is there a book that covers all of the yogas?

    • ANSWER:
      There will never be a book that completely explains yoga because it has such a long history. I do use two books, as a beginner, that I highly recommend since they cover a ton of poses and series which can be incorporated into your ashtanga yoga program.

      The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga
      The Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga

      You can buy them both together on Amazon.com for about and they're really extensive for a beginner

  49. QUESTION:
    how many types of Yoga are there?
    what are the main difference between them? thank you

    • ANSWER:
      There are many types of yoga: Raja, Hatha, Karma, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Power yoga, Bikram yoga.. and many many other forms... but the most well known is Hatha yoga. all the forms may differ from gentle, and simple yoga poses to increase flexibility and harmony, to the new athletic forms to tone the body, and make it stronger.

      This free yoga e-course can give you good perspective:
      http://www.yoga-health-beauty-energy.com

      Peace

  50. QUESTION:
    What is a more male oriented form of yoga type activity?
    I am a 15 year old guy. I am pretty active (I run and exercise pretty regularly but I don't play any sports) and in the pat couple of months I have started really getting into being healthy and having that good "cleansed" feeling in the body. I knowthat yoga is for both men and women but I was wonderig if there is similar type of "earthy" activity that is more male oriented?

    • ANSWER:
      Weight lifting! It's you, a bar and nobody else.

      The five tibetan rites are also great, basic yoga moves that are badass for the simple fact monks have been doing them thousands of years.

      Then again, if you're interested in yoga not for the time spent inside your own head but because you're interested in yoga then join a class.


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