Kinds of Hatha Yoga: Ashtanga Yoga and Bikram Yoga

In our previous article, we had written about ananda yoga, and now we will write about ashtanga yoga and bikram yoga. Before we continue our explanation, do you know what kinds of yoga are ashtanga yoga and bikram yoga? Well, they are included as the kinds of hatha yoga.

Hatha yoga is the most popular yoga practice in the western world. Hatha yoga has many styles and each of them has their own specific distinctiveness or characteristics. These characteristics reflect uniqueness of each guru’s (teacher) yoga philosophy.

Similar as human being, styles or kinds of hatha yoga have their own traits, personalities and beliefs about the way of practicing yoga. You can see the differences through the following factors:

  • Overall form of asanas (poses)
  • Variations of pranayama (yoga breathing methods)
  • Meditation
  • Sequence
  • Motion
  • Alignment

If you take notice, you will see that all these types of hatha yoga have the same basic. The differences are the specific techniques which vary in approach.

As you can read from the introductory paragraph, we will provide information about ashtanga yoga and bikram yoga in this article.

Hopefully the information given would be useful for your life.

Happy yoga learning!

Ashtanga Hatha Yoga
  • Ashtanga yoga is created by K. Pattabhi Jois.
  • Ashtanga yoga is consists of 240 postures in six sequential series.
  • Each of the pose is linked by pranayama.
  • It is made to strengthen and arrange both musculoskeletal system and body’s energy flow in a line.
  • It is known as the most intensive Hatha Yoga’s form.
  • Ashtanga yoga is frequently confused with Power Yoga.
  • The purpose of ashtanga yoga is to make energy flow and internal heat in order to detoxify and purify the practitioner’s body.
  • Ashtanga yoga puts equal weight on flexibility, stamina and strength.
Bikram Hatha Yoga
  • Bikram yoga is created by Bikram Choudhury
  • It consists of 26 different postures that allow the practitioners to develop balance, strength and muscle tone.
  • Bikram yoga puts emphasis holding postures.
  • A unique breathing exercise which meant to produce tapas (internal heat) is included in bikram yoga.
  • This style is frequently exercised in a room with temperature close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the next article, we will write about Integral Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.

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