Advertisement

What are some different types of traditional yoga?

Here are some of the different types of traditional yoga:
  • Hatha yoga: This is most common form practiced in the United States. It includes specific movements or postures (asana) and various breathing techniques (pranayama) and is often complimented with meditation (dhyana).
  • Raja: Called the "royal road," its focus is primarily on meditation; it incorporates exercise and breathing practice with meditation and study.
  • Jnana: Called the path of knowledge or wisdom, it is the path of yoga that uses the mind to get beyond the mind by asking questions such as, "Who am I?", "What is reality?" and "What is permanent and unchanging?"
  • Bhakti: The path of love and devotion focuses on devotion to and concentration on the guru or chosen deity and often includes chanting.
  • Karma: In the yogic system of action and service, everything (including the yoga postures) is done with the mind centered on the divine; activities are done selflessly for the greater good.
  • Tantra: The path of ritual, it's based on the principle of consciously embracing the whole of life to unite with deity. It uses the energies of the body -- including sexual -- to transcend worldly attachments.
Do your research and visit some classes if possible to decide which style and teacher best suits your needs. 

Continue Learning about Yoga

Yoga to Change Your Habits
Yoga to Change Your Habits
Have you ever found yourself driving mindlessly home and when you arrive home you can’t recall how you got there? You were so wrapped up in your thoug...
Read More
How can I try yoga without participating in the spirtual aspect?
Michelle Carlson, NASM Elite TrainerMichelle Carlson, NASM Elite Trainer
Yoga can be incredibly beneficial to the physical. For those not wanting to participate in the spiri...
More Answers
Yoga Poses in 12 Easy Steps
Yoga Poses in 12 Easy StepsYoga Poses in 12 Easy StepsYoga Poses in 12 Easy StepsYoga Poses in 12 Easy Steps
Learn the correct moves for doing a simple Sun Salutation.
Start Slideshow
Which Type of Yoga Is Best for You?
Which Type of Yoga Is Best for You?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.