Today, there are several different kinds of yoga in
They all differ in style but there are some popular
forms being used in New Zealand today.
Yoga in New Zealand is pretty much a combination of
Iyengar and Ashtanga or what is otherwise known as
Power Yoga. It is a general belief that each type of
yoga has its own strengths and it is wise to keep
your mind open to these in order to learn more.
Iyengar is a style of yoga which is soft and
It is just right for beginners and those who have led a
sedentary lifestyle but are eager to get back in shape.
Iyengar makes use of props or tools such as straps, chairs,
pillow, blocks, and sandbags to make up for inflexibility
and to aid those with joint and back injuries.
Iyengar is used by most because it closely resembles Hatha
Yoga. This style was formulated by its namesake B. K. S.
It is mainly known for its
attention to detail with regard to poses and the use
of props. These props are mainly used for the
purpose of achieving the poses in a comfortable
manner. For all types of yoga, the key is to attain
the basics and correct form. The props ensure that
both are achieved. There is a lot of focus on
alignment and asymmetry as well as meditation. Every
pose is kept for a longer period of time than in a
majority of the other styles of yoga, creating a
condition of focused tranquility. The yoga style,
Iyengar, is reflection in action.
The benefits of practicing yoga are well toned
muscles, elimination of tension, and getting rid of
persistent pain. Strengthening weak areas in the
body and opening and stretching tight area result in
the body’s return to proper alignment.
The practice of Iyengar yoga will provide you with a
good familiarity of the classic poses of yoga so
that no matter what other style you go into, you
will be armed with the basics on how to execute each
The teacher or guru concentrates on correct
placement and inner consciousness. Awareness begins
with the body and extends to other areas of the
personality as one goes on with regular practice.
Power Yoga or Ashtanga is the favored choice for
people in athletics. Ashtanga yoga is not as focused
on meditation as it is on developing stamina and
strength. The postures are harder than those
executed in other yoga types and students move
rapidly from one to another pose with a purpose of
developing flexibility and strength.
This yoga style is appropriate for those in a good
physical state but must be avoided by those who have
not been exercising regularly.
Even the routines for beginners are very hard to do and are
physically taxing. Ashtanga yoga guides students all the way
through warm ups in order to prepare the muscles.