Some New Yoga Styles for you to check out
If your wish is to take up yoga teacher training in Bali, you might have wondered about the variety of yoga styles out there?
Several names, schools, and lineages can get overwhelming, and you’re confused about even where to begin! It might be simply looking to do some ‘yoga‘ and see where it will take you for the novices. For those who’ve been practising yoga for some time, there are way more styles than when you first started.
Here are some of the newer styles that you’ll find in studios worldwide.
A style of yoga that suits partners and focuses on partner poses. Influenced in no small part by acrobatics and cheerleading(!), it includes several moves that challenge strength and flexibility. Some poses can be balancing postures, while others involve a ‘flow’ from one pose to the next similar to a dance move.
A traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa practice carried out alongside others practising at their own pace and ability. A teacher offers guidance and adjustments tailored to each individual’s needs. Ashtanga practitioners may opt to dedicate themselves to a single teacher for an extended period. This helps develop a deeper bond and learn with someone who gets to observe their progress up close.
Jivamukti stresses the physical aspect (vinyasa-based) that adheres to five core tenets: bhakti (devotion), shastra (scripture), ahimsa (nonviolence, non-harming), dhyana (meditation) and nāda (music). It combines ethical and spiritual practices to encourage veganism, environmentalism and social awareness. Practice sessions usually include chanting mantras and discussion of philosophy.
Developed in the late 1980s by Larry Schultz, this style of yoga has been termed the “The Rocket style” because of the claim that “it will get you there faster”. Also, with roots in Ashtanga Vinyasa, the practice incorporates poses from the primary and intermediate series, allowing students to practice challenging sequences without the need to progress in any fixed order or timeframe.
Stand Up Paddleboard is one of the more established trends in new-fangled yoga. The emphasis is on executing postures on a paddleboard on calm waters (pool, lake or beach). The need to maintain the stability on the board adds a further challenge to balance and coordination while moving in and out of poses. And part of the fun is getting dunked in the water when you lose your balance!
Yet another broad term for a yoga style claims to heal the practitioner in several ways. The desired effect can be either for the body, mind, or both. Also commonly referred to as Yoga Therapy, this style emphasises easing one’s pain or discomfort and helping to restore balance and wellness. This style is suitable and beneficial for people suffering from ailments or those in recovery.
Another style of yoga that works on calming and centring the nervous system on soothing the mind, increasing immunity and developing a mood of deep relaxation. A restorative practice typically uses blankets, cushions and other props to set the practitioner in a comfortable pose. This relaxed mode helps release tension and makes one feel at ease.
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