Types and styles of yoga
Yoga teacher Monika Chitra Pedross practises a wide range of different kinds and styles of yoga in South Tyrol.
Pranayama yoga (yoga therapy for disorders of the respiratory organs)
Disorders of the respiratory system can be prevented and alleviated with yoga techniques and breathing and cleansing exercises (Kriya techniques).
The yoga therapy for disorders of the respiratory organs is effective in cases of asthma, bronchitis, sinus infection and allergic rhinitis.
Hormone yoga (according to Dinah Rodrigues)
Hormone yoga was developed by Dinah Rodrigues and is suitable for the prevention of complaints during the menopause. Young women wishing to become pregnant will benefit from hormone yoga exercises.
Nidra Yoga - Deep relexation through meditation
With Yoga Nidra, deep relaxation technique leads to meditation. Yoga Nidtra promotes healing on a spiritual, physical and emotional level. This style of yoga was developed by Swami Satyananda and is based on tantric scriptures.
Based on the teachings of Swami Sivanandas, this style of yoga is strongly orientated on Indian spirituality. 12 basic positions with relaxation in between, breathing exercises and meditation are practised and mantras are chanted during these lessons. Practising the asanas supports the spiritual development.
Yin Yoga is a gentle style of yoga. Many of the asanas (yoga positions) are carried out lying down. Holding the asanas for a long time exercises the deep layers of the connective tissue and keeps the ligaments agile. Most asanas focus on the lower back region and the hip. These yoga positions increase life energy (also called Prana flow) and remove energy blockages.
Other kinds and styles of yoga
Anusara Yoga is a modern style of yoga with back strengthening techniques. The term Anusara Yoga means “graceful flow of movements“. Anusara Yoga is orientated on Iyengar Yoga and therefore influences the interaction of the meridians and the locomotor system.
Hata is Indian and means sun and moon. Hata Yoga addresses the balance of body and spirit. Balanced asanas (yoga exercises) create a balance between tension and relaxation.
Iyengar Yoga is practised accurately and slowly. Few asanas (yoga positions) and refined movements dominate these yoga lessons. Iyengar Yoga focuses on being aware of one’s own body and spirit and increases spiritual awareness.
Jivamukti Yoga promotes the spiritual development and contains rhythmic Vinyasa units. This integrative style of yoga is accompanied with music and based on breathing exercises as well as meditation and rhythmic mantras.
Regenerative yoga provides restful deep relaxation for the body. This relaxing yoga consists of asanas carried out lying down and using cushions, blankets, belts and blocks as props.
Vini Yoga is practically applied yoga. The asanas (yoga exercises) are adjusted to age, state of health as well as individual needs and are therefore carried out during private lessons.
Vinyasa means flowing unity of movement and respiratory flow. You change from one yoga position to the next while evenly breathing in and out. Viyasa Yoga helps to achieve freedom of the soul and a vigorous life.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is an active style of yoga. The speed of the asanas (yoga exercises) is determined by the yoga students themselves. The yoga exercises are carried out continuously and flowingly. This yoga method teaches awareness and sensing one’s own emotions.
Vinyasa power yoga
Power Yoga consists of vigorous Vinyasa exercises. These energetic asanas tone up and strengthen the body. Power Yoga helps to overcome emotional weaknesses and promotes healthy self-confidence.
Prana flow yoga
Prana Flow Yoga is a mood lifting style of yoga. By using dance elements and dynamic meditation combined with music, Prana Flow Yoga unites body and life energy (Prana).
What is yoga?
Yoga balances body, mind and soul by using holistic exercises. Yoga means harmony, unity and connection and is based on an old Indian tradition reaching back thousands of years. A yoga unit consists of breathing exercises, movement exercises and yoga positions, the so-called asanas. Moreover, yoga lessons also incorporate exercises for deep relaxation and meditation.
What are the effects of yoga?
Yoga helps to relax and promotes the flexibility of muscles. Specific yoga exercises activate the energy flow, thus helping to improve health. The various styles of yoga generate more energy and vitality.
Positive effects of yoga on body and mind:
- Harmony – relaxation, calm and spiritual thoughts
- Awakening of abilities - fitness and more energy
- Spirituality - health, rehabilitation and vitality