What are some different types of traditional yoga?

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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. 

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