Exploring the Many Different Types of Yoga

September 09, 2020 by Shondaland

Yoga has come a long way since its early days in India more than 5,000 years ago. The health and wellbeing benefits of the age-old practice have been known for some time, but with more reasons for stress and anxiety than perhaps any other point in history, many Americans are turning to yoga for the first time in their lives in hopes of reaping some of those calming effects.

With an estimated 300 million yogis around the world and tens of thousands of yoga studios in the United States alone, yoga has been growing in popularity for several decades. But even as a longtime mainstay of the fitness industry yoga continues to baffle rookie and veteran practitioners alike, and with more than 100 different styles of yoga, from the traditional to the ultra-modern, it’s easy to see where the confusion arises.

Discovering what makes one type of yoga unlike the next can be an overwhelming experience, but it’s important to first and foremost understand which aspects of yoga have stayed true to their traditional roots in Hinduism and Buddhism, and which have been adapted or formed entirely in more recent years.

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