Yoga for those with a big heart; Anusara is a form of yoga that expresses spirituality through each of the physical movements. Every pose springs from a deeply devout feeling within bringing energy from the inside out. It's the perfect form of yoga if you want the physical and spiritual benefits with an added element of creativity and freedom.
Fast-paced yoga for fast-paced living; Ashtanga yoga takes traditional Hatha yoga and steps it up a notch. Referred to as the yoga of eight parts ('ashta' meaning eight and 'anga' meaning limbs), each stage requires you to synchronise your breathing with a series of postures that then paves the way for the higher levels.
A toasty way to tone-up, Bikram yoga (developed by Bikram Choudhury, celebrity fitness expert) is a form of '[[treatment/hot-yoga/| hot yoga]]' because the exercise takes place in a warm and humid room.
Let your child release their inner lion. Children are under a lot of stress these days. Whether its homework, pressure to compete with other children, or endless after school activities – it all adds up. So just like their parents, children are turning to yoga to help them relax and unwind. Children’s yoga is very similar to adult yoga. It has the same ancient Indian origins, poses and effects but unlike traditional yoga it is not yet that popular.
The body’s Ki is the key... Dahn yoga is a Korean yoga system that focuses on achieving connection and harmony of body and mind. Emphasis is placed on harnessing and channelling the body’s ‘Ki’ energy flow, which Dahn’s creators explain is comprised of meridians and chakras and is inherent in the wisdom of many older cultures.
Go with the flow. Dynamic yoga is an ancient oriental practice, which promises to bring enormous health benefits to those who practice it. It is not only meditative but also physically challenging - correct breath control is essential to this form of yoga to create a seamless flow of postures.
Smile, and the world smiles with you. Grin, squint and grimace and you’ll be laughing along too. Face yoga involves pulling a plethora of funny faces in the hope you’ll stave off wrinkles for good. By putting your face through its paces, facial exercises can help tone up sagging skin and create a crease-free complexion. The most natural face lift you can get, this is perfect if you want to shed some years without submitting to surgery.
Bend over backwards for Forrest Yoga. This very physical type of [[treatment/yoga/| yoga]] focuses on using dynamic poses in order to work through emotional trauma and achieve a rich passion for life. Sounds intense…
And....breathe... Developed by Swami Satchidananda in the 1960s, Integral Yoga brings together (or integrate - you see, it’s not just thrown together) several branches of [[treatment/yoga/| yoga]] and aims to improve the body and the mind to achieve a truly peaceful and harmonised life.
Learn how to strike a pose and stick to it. Iyengar Yoga is a relatively static form of yoga placing special focus on developing strength and correct body alignment by holding the traditional poses (asanas) for an extended period of time. With the use of props (a welcome addition), Iyengar yoga advocates the use of belts, cushions and blocks amongst others, to help you dig a little deeper into those punishing stretches and reap further benefit from the poses.
Seek the brightest enlightenment. Jivamukti yoga is one of nine internationally recognised forms of yoga. It has western origins, but places special emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual elements of yoga, which are more often neglected by western practitioners.
Paddle to yoga paradise. Kayoga™, as the name helpfully suggests, is a treatment formed by combining yoga with kayaking (although thankfully, you don’t do both at the same time). Kayoga™ takes typical flexibility and strength-enhancing yoga exercises outside the studio and drops them (and you) on an idyllic beach for a supremely serene experience.
Get away from it all. Kripalu [[treatment/yoga/| Yoga]] was created by Yoga master Amrit Desai in 1960 and focuses on improving the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of anyone who practices it.
Learn how to unwind –literally. Kundalini translates into ‘coil’ or ‘that which is coiled’, and refers to a spiral lying at the base of our spines. Described by some practitioners as either a snake or lock of hair, it’s claimed that by using movement and positioning yourself in various yoga poses, the coil can be unravelled leaving your body to spring into action.
Pick your mind’s locks and find true enlightenment. Raja yoga is a largely meditative form of yoga that aims to teach you how to reach spiritual bliss and to gain complete freedom from suffering. By reigning in your bodily desires and instinctive emotional reactions, a Raja guru would hope to guide you to becoming infinitely open, compassionate and selfless.
Go on a journey of discovery. Sahaja yoga is a meditation technique that focuses on awakening energy at the base of the spine to leave body and mind feeling calm, aware and balanced. The eventual goal of Sahaja yoga is to achieve a state of self realization and self awareness that brings with it inner peace – exactly what we need when the world around us is so busy.
Release that tension. Invented by Italian teacher Vanda Scaravelli, Scaravelli yoga was originally created to provide a less structured alternative to traditional forms of yoga. Scaravelli believed that you should not push or order your body to move into different positions, and that yoga should focus on freedom rather than control. The main focus of Scaravelli yoga is the spine, although breathing practices also play an important part in relaxing the body and achieving a state of intense alertness.
Sit back, relax and let the world wash over you. Sivananda Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga, based on the wisdom of Swami Sivananda. Developed with the stressed and hectic western world in mind, Sivananda Yoga focuses on your health and well-being in a way that fits into your lifestyle. Rather than working up a sweat, this type of yoga is all about relaxation and deep yogic breathing exercises. A great stress-buster, Sivananda Yoga and its elements of meditation can relax and focus your mind, while improving your flexibility and strength. By naturally developing your body, Sivananda Yoga has even been linked to slowing down the ageing process and reducing illness.
Hold that pose. On first look, Yin yoga resembles other forms of traditional yoga. However, there is one key difference – unlike other forms, Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, joints, bones and ligaments. It reaches deep muscles rather than just focussing on superficial ones, allowing for a strong and lasting connection between body and mind.