Meditation in movement. Ananda yoga is a gentle style of Hatha yoga with an emphasis placed on spiritual training and self-awareness rather than physical exercise. It aims to harmonise the body, mind and spirit through breathing, postures and positive thinking.
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.
Laughter is the best medicine. When you combine yoga breathing techniques with self-triggered bouts of laughter, you get Hasya yoga, otherwise known as ‘laughter yoga’; an exercise that concentrates more on the emotional than the physical self. This gentler form of yoga combines the physical benefits of focused breathing and the positive effects that laughter has on our bodies, giving you a stress-busting mental workout that channels your playful side and leaves you on a natural high. It does not involve contorting yourself into challenging postures, but the aim of this funny yoga is to increase the flow of oxygen around the brain, strengthen your immune system and release more of those “happy chemicals” around the body.
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.
You won’t need your [[treatment/yoga/| yoga]] mat or your non-slip socks for this one - just the willingness to open your mind. Jnana (or gyana) yoga is all about reaching enlightenment through the pursuit of knowledge gained through guided [[treatment/meditation/| meditation]], often with the help of a guru.
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.
Take a deep breath. The goal of Kriya yoga is self-realisation. Kriya yoga uses breathing techniques and meditation to help transcend the difficulties of everyday life and reach a state of higher awareness. Stressed or unable to focus? This could be just what you need...
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.
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.
Show us your best downward dog. Yoga, which originated in India, has been practised in the East for over 5,000 years – and now it’s popular in the Western world too. Great for combating stress and developing flexibility, this ancient art uses gentle exercise and [[treatment/breathing-techniques/| breathing techniques]] to help you feel focussed and serene. Great for your muscles and joints, yoga can also improve your physical health. Best start unrolling that mat...
Born in the Nineties, Yogilates is a fusion of Hatha yoga and Pilates which blends the best of both disciplines into one cohesive exercise. Who wouldn't aspire to long, lean, flexible limbs, hard-core abs and superb bodily alignment? Well, the jazzy sounding practise of Yogilates, promises all that and more.