Yoga is getting very popular these days, you may see a lot of your friends are yogi ( yoga practitioners) and you may think that with all its rumored health benefits, yoga may just be another trendy stuff that people like to take.
But with nearly 3000 years of history, yoga is much more than just a simple trendy sport: The more you dig in Yoga, the more it will surprise you with its complexity, diversity and flexibility.
Taking your first step in yoga may be problematic if you don't really know where to start with since there are several styles of yoga, each a lot different from one another. Even if you've been doing yoga on a regular basis, knowing more of these styles may help you with your yoga experience.
The name of the style is "Eight Limb path". As the name indicates, this style is quite advanced with several physically demanding moves and postures. If you're a beginner or just trying out to pick the right style for you, this is not a style you should learn at this moment. Consisting of five sun salutation A's and five sun salutation B's, followed by a series of floor and standing postures, this style requires a lot of yoga experience, full commitment as well as physical training to practice, that's why it is only for the seasoned yogi.
This style of yoga is also leaning toward the physically demanding side. It's the kind of yoga you would do if you are looking for real physical training of just trying yoga for the first time. Consisting of basic postures, a slow pace and with a large variety of postures, from easy to medium difficulty, this style is a great entry level choice if you just want to try out yoga.
Kundalini, this a kind of energy that is trapped inside your body. It coils in your lower spine like a snake, sleeping and waiting to be awoken. The purpose of Kundalini style is to wake this snake and rise it up through Nadi to Atma and finally to Sahasrara (in your head). Because of that, this style is often considered spiritual as it is based on many spiritual practices such as chanting mantra and meditation. Though its basis may be breathing, it also involves a lot of fast-moving, invigorating postures, thus making it a not so good choice for beginners, especially due to its spiritual aspect.
Founded by B.K.S Iyengar, this style focusses more on alignment with good coordination and accurate body movements. In this style, practitioners are required to do a lot of slow-paced and difficult moves, with gradual change from one posture to another while controlling their breath. While you don't hop around or lift weights, holding your posture for a long period of time will definitely drain your stamina, giving you a really good workout and relaxation afterwards.
A out-of-the-box style of yoga where you do yoga in a sauna-like manner. With temperates reaching around 105 degree C and 50% humidity, doing all of its 26 postures is somewhat challenging. This style is name after Bikram Choudhury and if you're a sauna-addict this style is for you.
Founded in 1984 by David Life and Sharon Gannon. This is another spiritual style yoga that begins with chanting followed by a series of postures in accordance with the five tenets of Jivamukti philosophy. If you're a vegetarian, this style is for you.