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Four Modern Yoga Types for Everyone

modern yoga typesBy Jenny Park 

What are modern yoga types? In this case, we’ll consider modern to be a style that has come into existence within the past 100 years. As yoga continues to gain ground and popularity, we can look forward to seeing more variations and interpretations of the basic ancient wisdom we have come to love and respect. The following are four modern yoga types with their unique approach, focus, methodology, and philosophy. Each type has a different following because all of them are unique.


Power Yoga

High energy and vigorous movement through the asanas often characterize this variety of yoga. Power yoga owes much of its popularity to the fact that it provides a strong workout and, as such, has introduced many fitness-minded individuals to the joy of yoga practice. Some teachers used to say: At its heart, power yoga is simply a branch of Ashtanga yoga.

What Makes Ashtanga and Power Yoga Different?

Ashtanga is composed of specific series, which is like a lesson plan template. There are no surprises in a specific Ashtanga series of movements. The primary series is the same in Florida or India. However, Power yoga sequences vary wildly from one studio to the next because they don’t follow a specific set of poses. Power yoga teachers can also come from Ashtanga, Vinyasa, or Hatha lineages. Hatha flowing classes have become commonplace, and teachers often plunge into the Power yoga pool after taking a Power yoga intensive for teachers.


Loyal Students

There are many reasons why students keep coming back to power yoga classes. First, it is an excellent workout. It gets your heart rate up and helps you burn calories. Second, it is a great way to relieve stress. Third, it can help improve your flexibility and range of motion. Finally, power yoga is a great way to meet other people interested in good health.



Restorative Yoga

If power yoga occupies one end of the physical spectrum, restorative is on the opposite side. Many yoga props are typically used during every restorative class to deepen the relaxation achieved with each pose. These classes are popular with stressed and injured students and the extremely active ones, who see it as an essential addition to their demanding routines. Poses are usually held for extended periods, making restorative yoga deceptively effective.

The Attraction of Restorative Yoga

While students relax and let gravity do a significant amount of the work, the muscles go into the deep stretch mode, which draws tension from the body and mind. One of the attractions of restorative yoga is that it can be done by people of all ages and all levels of fitness. It is a gentle form of yoga that uses props such as blankets and bolsters to support the body in each pose. This allows the practitioner to experience a deep sense of relaxation.



Yin Yoga

This variety of yoga effectively stretches the delicate connective tissues surrounding the joints without injury. This is accomplished by holding a pose for an extremely long period. Yin poses can last one to five minutes for practitioners, depending on experience levels. Advanced practitioners might hold postures for more than five minutes, leading to fewer class poses.

What Makes Yin Different?

Yin yoga is the polar opposite of the vigorous styles of yoga that have become most popular among fitness-minded individuals. In Chinese philosophy, muscles are yang, while the connective joints and tendons are yin. Unlike restorative yoga, yin has slowly evolved toward using props for alignment and comfort. Originally, yin was a prop-free modern yoga type. Gravity is embraced as part of the practice, but soft props allow the body to open up gradually.


Yoga Nidra

Are you surprised that I listed it as one of the yoga styles?  Hey – some classes only focus on Nidra, which has taken on a life of its own. Sometimes, this is thought of as only a technique, but this is a modern twist on the Yoga Nidra developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who mastered many ancient yoga methods and was also the founder of the Bihar School of Yoga. Today, a typical Yoga Nidra class consists of 10-15 minutes of preparatory asanas and stretches followed by laying down in Savasana for an extended period.

The Objective of Yoga Nidra

The goal during a Yoga Nidra session is to enter what is known as yogic sleep. The body rests while the consciousness remains awake and aware of any lingering sensations in the body. Hidden stresses are revealed during a Yoga Nidra class and may be effectively recognized and eventually dealt with, making it an ideal practice to combat post-traumatic stress disorder. Yoga Nidra is also great for problem-solving situations. A Yoga Nidra class can last 30 to 75 minutes and meet the needs of all students.


Why Yoga Nidra?

The attraction of Yoga Nidra is its ability to relax the body and mind. Firstly, it is a yoga technique that induces a state of conscious deep sleep. Secondly, this state is achieved by following a specific sequence of teacher instructions. Thirdly, Yoga Nidra practice is said to help reduce stress and anxiety while promoting feelings of well-being. Finally, when students experience Yoga Nidra, they tell their friends because they feel better.



Unique Class Experience

Each uniquely modern yoga type offers students a specialized experience that meets their individual needs and challenges. What would the ancient yogis say about this evolution of yoga? I think their options would differ, much like the master teachers of today. Yogic methods continue to evolve toward the needs of students. In some ways, change may be more like a circular path than a linear staircase.

Why is Yoga Changing?

Nowadays, people are looking for yoga styles that suit their modern lifestyles. They want yoga that is convenient, effective, and tailored to their needs. That’s why there’s a demand for modern styles like power, restorative, and yin yoga. Sometimes, people believe yoga stood still and never changed. Yoga is an evolving system that has changed over time. I guarantee you another new style will be created this year. The question is: “Will the next modern style be a trend or a permanent fixture?”


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2 thoughts on “Four Modern Yoga Types for Everyone”

  1. There are many modern yoga styles, and each unique style offers students a specialized experience that meets their individual needs and challenges. Nice sharing!

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