Weird Types Of Yoga

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So we gave you the lowdown here on all of your standard types of yoga practice but we thought you might want to hear about all of those other weird and wonderful types of yoga that you didn’t even know existed. We love yoga and we want you to love it too. We find it a major de-stresser and it also helps us sleep, plus it can have some killer toning effects. So have a look below and you may just find the class of your dreams.

Without further ado, here are some weird types of yoga from around the world.

The one with a sense of humor…Types of Yoga Practice

Anusara is Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with added fun! Created by the aptly named John Friend, you are encouraged to practice variations of the basic poses as a full, creative expression of the human spirit. It is a refreshing approach which instead of looking to fix or correct the student, embraces a vision of service by enhancing and revealing the beauty and innate goodness that is present in the student. Sounds good? We think so too. It allows you flexibility, in more ways than one!

The one with the straps and harnesses…

Yoga Poses Flexibility

Iyengar has been nicknamed “furniture yoga” and we can see why, as the practice uses props like straps, harnesses, blocks and incline boards to get you perfectly into position. In real life it’s less 50 Shades of Grey and more about alignment. We’re going to get down to our nearest class pronto and we think you should too!

The one with the sleeping snake…

Yoga Pose Meditation

Kundalini yoga aims to help you release your serpent energy, it features fluid movements and invigorating poses. The practice aims to tap into the energy supply which is coiled like a sleeping snake at the base of your spine and so awaken it, pushing it up through the body. Weren’t aware you had any serpent energy? Us too, but maybe this practice will help us find it…

The one with the Sanskrit chanting and ancient scripture…

Jivamukti Yoga

Jivamukti will push you to your limits. Each class will have a theme and will be highly physical in nature, it is a Western take on the spiritual elements of the ancient practice but you can expect Sanskrit chanting and references to ancient scripture. Jivamukti translates as “liberation while living.”

The quiet one…

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Yin yoga is a quiet, meditative form of practice, also called Taoist yoga. It is the yin to the yang of Anusara and Iyengar muscle forming practices. It focuses on lengthening connective tissues and each pose can last a long time but is passive, encouraging you to relax your muscles. Just try not to fall asleep in this class, it has happened (it wasn’t us we promise!)

Are you going to try any of these Weird Types of Yoga? Let us know in the comments below.

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6 comments

  1. Great looking website!
    I started practicing yoga in 1986.

    I’ve always found it easier to learn and practice the more fluent poses you picture with a group. But anyone can purchase books and learn simple poses to do at home.

    Either way yoga always teaches me a discipline that helps me when comes to what and how I eat. Along with keeping my body in shape and flexible.

    Yoga is easy, fun and an important part of staying healthy.

    Thanks

    1. Mike,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      You are right there, it can be beneficial to practice yoga in a group setting but I have also found I like the serenity of home practice. It’s really whatever works for you, there are certainly some great resources out there to help you feel comfortable practicing yoga at home, where you can learn from knowledgeable instructors about how to properly execute poses.

      If you are interested you can check out this post.

      http://dropmybellyfat.com/how-to-lose-belly-fat-with-yoga-from-the-beginner-to-the-experienced-yogi

      What you have said is so true, yoga is fun and easy, and it can be a great way to keep your body in shape!

      All the best,

      Fran.

  2. Hello here. For beginners these yoga poses would strange, funny and dangerous to perform. I am big believer in yoga because it helped me in many ways. One of ways is keep my sanity intact.
    When I do a greeting of Sun, my favorite is dog pose. I usually struggle to reach perfection. My efforts are so silly that I start to laugh. It relieves any tension and fears.
    Maybe I need to get a dog who could teach me with the right example.Animals perform so easily most difficult poses of yoga.
    Your mentioned poses are for advanced in yoga people. I heard that there are plenty of benefits to stand on head but I do not like it at all. it is scarry for me.
    Thank for interesting and cheerful read, all the best, Nemira.

    1. Nemira,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your experiences. I’m really pleased you enjoyed the article.

      Yes I certainly agree, that can be a great way to relieve tension. I also struggle with that pose but am getting better with practice!

      I am nervous when doing headstands myself, maybe it is something I will become more comfortable with in time.

      All the best,

      Fran.

    1. Mark,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found the article interesting.

      Absolutely, yoga can work for anyone whatever their age, gender or level of fitness. It can be highly effective at toning and shaping, whilst also improving strength and flexibility. I definitely recommend giving it a try!

      All the best,
      Fran.

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