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Most Popular Types Of Yoga Explained

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12 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. 1. Hatha

    • 3. 2. Vinyasa

    • 4. 3. Ashtanga

    • 5. 4. Power

    • 6. 5./6. Bikram/Hot Yoga

    • 7. 7. Kundalini

    • 8. 8. Yin

    • 9. 9. Restorative

    • 10. Review

    • 11. Hatha Yoga Class

    • 12. Power Yoga Class

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There are so many different types of yoga out there, from easy and relaxing to very physically demanding. In this class you will learn what the different types of yoga are and how they differ from one another. 

After watching this class, you will be able to identify which classes to practice in the future based on what type of practice you're looking for. 

Knowing what the most popular types of yoga are is a foundation that all yogis should know, and will make your yoga experience much more enjoyable.

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Yoga With Dakota

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Health, Fitness and Yoga have been a part of Dakota's life for 10+ years. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless. Dakota encourages her students to be creative and challenge the body. She seeks to inspire every student to feel refreshed, nourished and balanced both on and off the mat.

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone, My name is Dakota and welcome to this video explaining the top nine most popular types of yoga. There are so many different types out there and it can be very intimidating at first with all of them to choose from. We'll not worry. I will go over the top nine most popular types and explain a little bit about each one to make it as easy as possible for each type, I'll explain what it is, who it's perfect for, and how physically difficult Each one is. Still in. You're ready. Let's get started. 2. 1. Hatha: The first type is hatha. Yoga is a generic term used to describe any form of yoga that includes poses or as they're referred to in yoga, asana is hot. The classes offer a general introduction to the most basic yoga poses and breathing techniques. Haka is a great place to start if you're just beginning your yoga journey, because it's not only slow paced, but it also focuses on correctly performing each pose without rushing into the next pose. The poses don't necessarily have to flow from one to the next, but many times they often do. The poses can be held for as long as you need to adjust and feel grounded and comfortable. This type of yoga is perfect for beginners who want a general introduction on how the practice works. And also for those who want a gentle or type of yellow class, the level of physical difficulty for Hoffa is going to be a medium since it is slower paced and the poses are a lot less difficult than other types of yoga. Since alpha is such a general type of yoga, I will include my favorite half the class towards the end of this course. 3. 2. Vinyasa: Number two is been IASA. Then Yat-sen moves at a faster pace than hatha in a typical than IASA flow, the instructor will sequence their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose with the intention of linking the breath to the movement. So for an example, a chatter Rhonda is meant to link the breath to each movement from the push up to the inhale on the upward facing dog, and exhaling into downward facing dog. In this style, you're meant to move more quickly from one post to the other as you build up heat in the body. And this increases your strength and flexibility over time. This style of yoga is perfect for those who want to use yoga as a workout. The level of physical difficulty in this style is medium to high. 4. 3. Ashtanga: The third style is ash Tanga yoga. This is a highly structured then IASA style class. There is a set sequence of postures each time and you move very quickly from one pose to the next. Even if your body isn't ready to move into that next pose. This synchronized breath with the movement produces internal heat, which detoxifies the body. This style of Viola is perfect for those who like structure and what an intense practice that will have visible results. It is not recommended for beginners as it's considered one of the most challenging types of yoga. Therefore, the level of difficulty is very high for this style of yoga. 5. 4. Power: Number 4, power yoga. This is also a type of Joseph Lil. Power yoga is a lot like gosh Tanga. It builds up internal heat while synchronizing the breath to the movement. The difference is the set sequence of postures. It's completely up to the instructor. They get to choose any poses in any order, making each class different. Power yoga is actually said to me What brought yoga into gyms as people begin to see yoga as a way to work out. So this type is perfect for athletes and those driven to work out. The level of physical difficulty on this style is also very high. 6. 5./6. Bikram/Hot Yoga: 56 are big room and hot yoga. The reason these two are in the same category is because they are both practiced in heated rooms. This is to try to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga was originated. First is big room, which consists of a fixed series of 26 poses performed in a hot room. The temperature is usually set at 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. It's also practiced for 90 minutes. In a big room studio, the lights are usually very bright and the floors are carpeted with mirrors on the front walls. Hot yoga, on the other hand, is much more laid back than big room. It does not have the fixed 26 poses. The poses can vary based on the instructor in the studio. The temperature of the room is also up to the studio, but it's usually between 80 degrees and a 100 degrees. Hot yoga can be practiced in any lighting, but usually dim lighting and on any surface, but usually hardwood floors. Hot yoga also usually plays music during the class to keep up the energy. This type of yoga is perfect for those who are looking to sweat and burn more calories. I would not recommend it for beginners as a first course as it is very intense. Therefore, the level of difficulty for these types of yoga is very high. 7. 7. Kundalini: Number 7, kundalini yoga. This is also known as Yoga of awareness. It's a more spiritual type of yoga that supposed to enhance your awareness and helping move past your ego. The purpose of this practice is to activate your kundalini energy. This is a spiritual energy that said to be located at the base of your spine. It consists of seated poses combined with specific breathing techniques. For an example, breath of fire. The classes can also involve meditation mudra, which are hand gestures used with breathing exercises, and also chanting, usually at the beginning and end of class. So this style is perfect for those who are looking for a more spiritual practice and also want to increase their focus. Also those who enjoys singing or chanting. The level of physical difficulty for this style is low to medium. As you do use your core for some of the breathing exercises. 8. 8. Yin: Number 8 is Yin yoga. Yin is a slow paced style of yoga with seated poses that are held for an extended period of time. The poses can be held anywhere from one minute to five minutes, depending on the pose. Slow movement and stillness is a huge part of the in yoga. So patients is especially important in this style. Yen helps to stretch and lengthen the muscles that are rarely used. While also teaching us how to breathe through holding the pose, using meditation to help keep the mind from wandering. It also teaches us how to be comfortable with the discomfort. During these long holds is stillness. You experience a surrendering of the body that helps melt away any tension and stress. So this style is perfect for beginners new to yoga and also a great starting point into meditation. The level of physical difficulty for yen is very low as it slows down the breath and calms the mind. 9. 9. Restorative: Number nine is restorative. Restorative yoga is a restful practice. This practice usually holds poses for a longer period of time using props like blocks, blankets, and bolsters. It's meant to relax the muscles using props to help support the body and sink deeper into relaxation. Usually these poses are held for five plus minutes, depending on the pose. The focus is on stillness and releasing tension. So there will only be a few poses in that class. Patients is again important in this style of yoga. Once you really like go and find that stillness your mind and body will feel relaxed and refreshed. This style of Ula is a little different from yen by allowing the body to completely release into the pose by being supported by props. Some have even said to fall asleep during restorative yoga because they are so comfortable both physically and mentally. Restorative yoga is perfect for beginners to help you wind down before bed. And also those looking to relax and de-stress. The level of physical difficulty for restorative is very low. 10. Review: So now that we've covered all the different types, I would recommend trying out a few different ones and seeing how you like them. Do not feel like you need to stick to one type and that's it. The beauty of yoga is you get to explore the different styles and find your favorites. It's also important to change up the classes. Maybe try a power yellow class one day and then a restored of class the next, to give your body a chance to rest in recoup. I really hope this helps and gets you off to a great start. I will include two popular practices below. The first will be Hoffa for beginners, and the second will be a power for those who are looking for a good workout. Alright, that's all for this course. Enjoy the practices below and let me know if you have any questions in the discussion post. Now unless day. 11. Hatha Yoga Class: For this gentle practiced will begin in a comfortable seat. Maybe placing a blanket or two under your sit bones to allow the pelvis to tip forward slightly so the low back can rest in a neutral position. Maybe gently closing the eyes. Taking a few breaths. Simply letting go of busy thoughts, worries, plans, stories about the past in the future, and go within to a still place of calm. Usually this is achieved by paying attention to the breath, taking the few inhalations and exhales. These are things we know how to do, but in our busy lives we don't have the time or get the opportunity to do so. But right now we're giving ourselves that opportunity. Breathing in, breathing out, taking one big inhale, filling that belly with breath, and exhale at the mouth open. Breathing it all out. Setting a goal or an intention for this practice. Whether that's big or small. Getting yourself permission to let go, inhale, send initial there's up to the ears. Exhale sending him down and back. Inhaling, setting them up. Exhale sending them down and back. Doing a few on your own breath. Cultivating a patience with yourself, not rushing anything. This is your time. Your practice. Sending them the opposite way. If it feels better for you to make the circles beggar, go ahead and do so. This is your practice. Next, inhale, come back to a neutral spine and avalanche into a ceded cat, cow. In herring setting the chest, same gains. Exhale, semi it back, arching the spine and to our cat. Inhale, expand the chest up. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Feel more on your own breath. Inhaling, coming back into a neutral spine, Amy rolling out the shoulders. Now Minister circle around here and we're gonna go into a seated forward fold. Removing the towel or a blanket from underneath your sit bones. Setting the spine up nice and tall. Inhaling, exhale. We're going to walk our hands out in front of us, routing our sit bones. They're placing the forehead on the mat for bringing me blanket or a pillow here to rest your head on. Relaxing the forehead, relaxing the neck, and just taking a few breadth. Coming back to your intention or goal you set in the beginning of this practice. Our minds tend to wander and go to places that we don't often realize. Back. One more inch, slowly coming up into a comfortable see one vertebrae at a time. Letting the neck come up last. Drawing little circles with your neck. Going the opposite direction. Coming back to center. Moving into a gentle seated twist will bring our legs out in front of us. Flexing the feet, rooting our sit bones into the mat, into the ground. Sitting up nice and tall, inhaling, setting the left knee to the chest, planting the left foot flat on the mat town the ground, walking our left-hand just behind us, planting the right elbow on the outer edge of our left, me gently gazing behind us, twisting from the upper chest, not the low back. If this is too much free, just keeping the wrist here on this knee. Gazing backwards or gently closing the eyes, smiling because he can e-mailing. Exhaling to a scene bit deeper. Sending the left arm back to I left me walking out the left leg. And now we'll go on the opposite side, sending the right knee up, planting the right foot down on the mat. Inhaling, setting the spine up nice and tall, routing our hips into the mat. And when you're ready, walking their right hands back behind us. And either placing the left elbow on the right me twisting from the upper chest and not the low back gaze goes to the back of the room. We're placing the hand on me. Inhaling, exhaling, twisting a bit deeper. Coming back to your intention is to gently walk in there and back to their right knee? Flexing both feet, rolling the shoulders, moving into cat cow on our hands and knees. So crisscrossing the sea to Calibri and get there however long it takes to get there. But just gently coming into a nice cat cow. If this is too much on the knees. Course option is to come onto a blanket or a towel underneath the knees. Shoulders over wrists, hips over your knees. And whenever you're ready, go ahead. A nail gently lowering and belly extending the chest, explain the gaze, shoulders relief from the ears. Exhale clean to the howling cat shape, setting the belly button all the way up to the spine. Inhale, exhale. Going at your own pace. Going US soil is you want various fast as you want. Remembering that this is for you. This is your time. Even if you want to walk your hands out a little bit more and Jerome, little circles with your hips. Beanie going from small to big circles, sending it in the opposite direction. And then coming back onto our hands and knees, sending it back into a child's pose. Removing the blanket, either putting your knees as wide as the mat or as close together, whatever you find comfortable. Relaxing the forehead onto the mat, relaxing the elbows. Being a given your forehead and nice massage. Shaking your head? No. Yes. Breathing into your low back, sending the hips down, inhale, keeping the forehead on the mat. But walking he fingertips up as far as he can comfortably. Feeling a nice stretch in the back body. Exhale gently placing the elbows back on the mat. Meaning the thumbs in the pointer fingers together to form a triangle above the head. Start to feel the sensations in your body is telling you. One more inhale. Exhale with the mouth open, coming back onto your heels. And now making our way to lie on our backs, everyone's favorite part, isn't it? Coming down onto our back? Relaxing, letting the feet follow been either placing the palms face up or face down, whatever you're feeling great now. Just taking a breath here. Taking up as much space on your mat as you feel. And whenever you're ready. Our feet flat on the ground, hip-width distance apart. Maybe inhale sending him to your chest to roll out the lower back. And then placing them back on the ground. Placing our thanks to our hips, palms facing down. We're gonna windshield wiper your legs. So sending them in a direction of whichever you choose. And then the other breathing, feeling the sensation. And then locking your feet out a little bit more to the edge of your mat. And now windshield wiper brain, the legs healing and different sensation just from walking the feet owl. And when you're ready, coming back to center, walking feet, hip-width, distance apart. Palms are still facing down. Any sending the feet a little bit more to your bottom, to your glutes, keeping them flat on the ground. We're going to go into bridge pose. And when you're ready, inhale sending the pelvis up just a little bit. And exhaling, sending one vertebrae at a time to the ground. One more time, inhale, sending the pelvis all the layout. Taking a breath and exhale, sending it down one vertebrae at a time. A nail sending the knees into the chest, wrapping the arms around, rocking back and forth in the spine. A nice massage. Coming back to center. Moving into a symbol spinal twist. Whenever we're already sending the left arm down, rooting in the shoulder to the ground, the mat, and sending our knees over to the right side. Feeling a nice stretch in the left side body option they keep your gaze up or to look to the right side of the room. Or maybe gently closing the eyes. Checking in with the body. Left shoulder is planted on the ground on the mat. Breathing back your intention? Gently sending the knees back to center lane. Maybe selling the forehead to the knee, moves down back to the mat. This time setting the right arm out to a T, reading the shoulder into the ground, sending out to the left side. Checking in with the shoulder, feeling a nice stretch on the right side body. Coming back to center, hugging it all in. So in the forehead to the knees. Give yourself a nice big hug. And coming back down onto the mat, going into happy baby, either holding your ankles or your big toe. Whatever you find more comfortable. And sending it until a happy baby. Many rocking from side to side if that feels good. Breathing in this stretch. Coming back to center, hands, go to the angles, gently directing them down. Feet are planted on the mat, walking one out and then the other. Taking a nice big long stretch. Fully come into our final resting pose. Corpse pose or elastomer. Making your final attempt to getting there. Taking up as much room on the mat as you can. Bring your hands wherever you find comfortable, any placing one on your heart, wanting your belly. Facing them up. And taking a minute to relax. Closing the eyes. Relax. Coming into stillness, coming back to the body, fingers and making your way to one side. Helping yourself. Thank you all for joining me and his dental practice. The light in me honors and sees the light in each and every one of you. 12. Power Yoga Class: Let us begin in mountain pose. Coming to our mat, grounding our feet, rooting each toe into the ground. Inhaling, taking a nice deep breath, gaze goes forward. Maybe inhaling, rolling the shoulders up, exhaling, rolling a Mac. Waking up the body. Maybe going in the opposite direction. Now, inhale, we're going to sweep the arms up overhead. Exhale, grabbing our left wrist with our right-hand. Huge Ennio exhale are going to bend to the right side here a nice stretch in our left side body. Inhaling, exhale, come up to a straight spine, grabbing the other wrist, bending on the other side. Couple on your own breath. Starting to wake up the upper body. Good. And then come to a neutral spine. Arms come down to your sides. We're going to inhale, sweep the arms up overhead, exhale hinging at the hips, going into a forward fold. Gentle bend in the knees here, extending the heart, extending the gaze, keeping the shoulders away from the ears. Stacking our hips over your knees, maybe leaking out the lower body. Now, hands can come to whatever feels comfortable maybe putting a block here. We're going to inhale halfway, lift the gaze goes forward, explain heart. Exhale, fold it all in. One more time. Inhale, halfway, lift. Exhale forward fold, and we're going to walk the hands out to drink. And we're going to go into our first chatter ANCA. Since we haven't done a lot around here before. I will walk us through the first one and I'll walk us through modification as well. So this is just a normal plank pose, so our spine is nice and straight. It's not like this. And it's not like this. It's nice and straight here. And you can even look in a mirror. So if you're doing it correct. Now from here we're going to lower down, hugging our elbows into our ribs, lowering all the way down, coming up onto our tops of our thighs. Unplugging the toes and then sweeping the pelvis up and go into an upward facing dog. Now this is the modified version. I'll go ahead and show you the actual chatter Rhonda. So from our plank, we're going to lower down, hugging our elbows into our ribs and sleeping the pelvis up and keeping our legs and our thighs up off the mat, extending our gaze. And as we exhale, we'll until her toes going into our downward facing dog. Now this is our first shot around that. So don't be afraid to modify for your first one. Go ahead and walk out our dog. Feeling a nice stretch in the back body and the Lang. And then we're going to anchor our left leg into the mat, sending the right leg out. Maybe stacking the hips here, making sure the shoulders are still parallel. Maybe checking in, looking in between your hands. Rolling out the foot, drawing little circles, coming back into a straight leg and then lowering all the way down, filling out the feet. And now taking it to the other side, rooting into the right flit, sending the left foot up and stacking the hips, making sure the shoulders are parallel. Maybe rolling out the left foot, drawing little circles, coming back into a straight leg and then lowering it all the way down. Now again, we're going to anchor our left foot, right foot all the way up. And this time gradient in between our hands, we're going to move into a warrior 2. So pivoting the back left foot down, anchoring the weight into all of the tills. And the back edge of the foot deeply bending our right leg, front knee over front ankle. Keeping the hips square, inhaling, lifting the arms all the way up. Imagine someone pooling you front and pulling backwards and finding that sweet spot. Gaze goes to the top of your fingers. Inhaling and exhaling. Getting that nice stretch in this warrior to engaging our core. On our next exhale, we're going to straighten the front leg, sending the hips all the way back, sending our front arm all the way down. To me, our shin, our ankle, the mat, whatever you find comfortable here for our triangle, pms, need a lifetime all the way up. Maybe gazing at your wet fingers. Engaging our core here. Exhaling, coming all the way up into our warrior to bending our front knee. Gaze goes to our fingers. Keeping the shoulders away from the ears. Beautiful warrior 2s. And on your next exhale, we're going to straighten the front leg, take our hands to your hips and pivot our feet to take it on the opposite side. And now where you're two on the opposite side are back, right foot is pivoted and our left leg is bent, knee over the ankle, twisting our hips to face the side of the room. Inhaling, sending our arms out. Imagine someone pulling you forward and pulling you backwards and finding that happy medium. Shoulders are away from the ears. Gaze goes to the top of your fingers. Feeling a nice stretch. On your next exhale. Straighten our front leg, extending the hips all the way back, tilting forward into our triangle pose. Again, hands can come to whatever feels most comfortable for you. Gaze goes to the top of your fingers or to the side of the room. Engaging your core. Finding strength in your body. Coming out of triangle into Warrior 2. And then sweeping the arms into a low lunge, framing our left leg all the way back and going into a downward facing dog. Just peddling out the feet for a few breaths here. On our next inhale gaze goes between our hands. Exhale gently, step or hop. In between the hands. Inhale, halfway, lift, exhale, fold it, flow rate, hug it all in. Inhale, halfway lift, exhale, fold it forward. Inhale, bend in the knees. You route to rise, lifting the hands all the way up. Exhale hands come to heart center. And now repeating this flow once more are returning to mountain pose. Getting icing grounded, inhaling, sweeping the arms up overhead, exhale, fold it forward, hinging at the hips. Inhale, halfway lift. Exhale, folding forward has been walking the hands out into our plank. Nice strong bodies here, moving into a child hunger, lowering down, hugging our elbows into our directions, shooting our pelvis forward and going into our upward facing dog. Exhale, unpacking the tills, going into our downward facing dog, moving into our plank, hugging the elbows in. Again, modification is to come all the way down onto the top of your thighs. Inhale coming into our upward facing dog. Gentle bend in the elbows here and exhale. I'm talking the toes coming into our downward facing dog. This practice is all about strengthening and allowing the body to get flexible. Gaining strength, toning everything, toning the upper body and the lower body on your own breaths, find your movement. Once more on your own breath. Going into plank, lowering down, anchoring our left foot, sending the right foot back in between our top hands, lowering down our left leg on tucking the toes. Option 1 here is to stay in a low lunge, bringing the arms up overhead shoulders away from the ears. Or option 2 is to untap the toes, extend that leg, routing into our toes and spinning the arms nice and tall. Engaging that core, engaging your lower body. Coming all the way down, lowering down that back foot, sending your weight back to here, back foot, straightening out that top leg, walking your hands back. Having a nice straight spine, nearly out the foot, getting a nice stretch. And then walking the hands back into our low lunge position. And I'm tucking that back foot, sending our top foot to meet our vac. And back in plank pose we go, This is our last shot around us. So let's make it count. Hugging the elbows in towards our ramps. Sending it up into an upward facing dog and exhale, sending it back into downward facing dog who are reading into the right foot. So your left foot all the way up and in-between our top hands. Lowering the back leg down on taking the toes, staying here in a low lunch. If this is comfortable for you. Extending the arms up nice and high, bring the shoulders away from the ears. Are maybe coming up into a crescent lunch. Making sure the shoulders early from the ears. Exhale coming into our low lunge. I'm talking the back toes, sending all our weight back and straightening out that front leg, walking the hands back. Be drawing circles, keeping the spine nice and long. Feeling a nice stretch. And walking the hands back into our little lunch. I'm tucking the back toes, sending heart, foot back into plank and downward facing dog. Inhale gaze goes between your hands and exhaling hot core, stepping to the top of your mat. Inhale sleeping the arms up overhead. Exhaling. Bring your hands to heart center. Thank you so much for joining me in this course. If you have any questions or comments, please message me. If not, nama, stay.