Types of Asanas and Benefits of Yoga

Types of  Asanas and Benefits of Yoga

What is yoga?

Yoga is a set of asanas and breathing exercises aimed to provide physical and mental well-being. This ancient art of living technique described in the scriptures has come up as a path of initiation, which transcends physical discipline.

The earliest references of yoga are written in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra about 200 years BC.

This article will give you knowledge about the different technique of yoga and it's benefits.

Anuswar yoga:

This is the new form of yoga. It is created in 1997 by John Friend. It quickly became popular and now exists in 70 countries. Its basic philosophy is to celebrate the heart and see the good in every person and everything. 

Ashtanga yoga:

Ashtanga is Characterized by the synchronization of breathing with rapid visualization of increasingly demanding postures. It dramatically increases the metabolism and body temperature. Ashtanga is excellent for endurance. In the United States, particularly in the dynamic form, it is known as power yoga.

Integral yoga:

It was created in the United States in the 1960s. It provides a balanced integration of posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. (Not to be confused with Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual approach, also known as integral yoga.)

Iyengar yoga: 

Iyengar is the Disciplined and rigorous course where we emphasize the alignment of the limbs and, above all, the spine; is very health-oriented. There is no spiritual perception, but the aspect of meditation exists.

Kripalu yoga:

Dance of body, mind, and energy with emphasis on breathing techniques. Particularly favor the heart, digestive and nervous system.


The purpose of this yoga is to awaken the Kundalini, the original healing energy. The approach works on meditative awareness through a series of postures.

Sivananda or Vedanta yoga:

This course is given by the Sivananda organization, in their own centers. This yoga technique is helpful in positive thinking, meditation, breathing, relaxation, and nutrition. Very current spiritual aspect.

Sudarshan Kriya:

This technique of yoga was created by Sri Ravi Shankar in the early 1980s. Today, it present in more than 140 countries, it depends heavily on the body and brain breathing.


It is an excellent way for relieving tension in the lumbar region: Put your feet and knees together and then place your forehead on the floor in front and bring your arms to your sides, listening to your breathing.

Benefits of yoga

Today when we talk about yoga we mainly talk about the practice of asanas and pranayama, which are the postures that are meant to soften and strengthen the body and to breathe. Exercises that control the flow of vital energy.

Yoga has many physical benefits including muscle relaxation (Yoga asanas are varied to stretch all large muscle groups.). Some asanas helpful in building muscles slowly, others work on balance instead.

With regular practice, we can correct posterior errors that develop throughout our life, which reduces chronic back problems. 

Yoga is helpful in reducing stress. During the session, meditation is completely focused on the body and breath. We are in the “here and now” which is a form of meditation.

On the mat we are invited to take time to listen to the body, meditation is constantly brought back to the breath. We develop our capacity for concentration.

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