Yoga Information Center / Guide, Its Origin, Popularity in West and Types of Yoga

What is Yoga?

We have heard so much about yoga and its benefits, but still many people fail to grasp its significance and its benefits. So, what exactly is Yoga? Well, some think of yoga as twisting and bending of body or meditating, when in fact it is so much more than that. Yoga helps in providing care and benefit to not only your body, i.e. physically, but also helps in nourishing your mind and soul through asanas or yoga postures and pranayamas or breathing techniques. With the help of these, you can get your mind, body and breathing in synchronization with each other, which benefits you mentally, physically and spiritually.

In today's busy and hectic existence, where we accomplish so much in one day by focusing on so many things, we end up neglecting our mind and body. In such a scenario, yoga comes to the rescue where you can spend some time exclusively with yourself and forget the outside stressors of the world, which helps in resting your mind and body very effectively. Yoga helps you to achieve the desired harmony between mind, body and breathing and helps in correcting imbalances in your system, which in turn is beneficial in many medical conditions such as back pain, headaches, indigestion etc.

What is the Origin of Yoga?

Yoga was originated in Ancient India as a method of achieving eternal peace. There are various customs of yoga in different religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism.

Popularity of Yoga in the West


Yoga was introduced to the West in the late 19th century by Swami Vivekananda who was a monk. By the time in the 1980s, yoga became popular in the West as an approach to system of physical exercise and this form is popularly known as Hatha yoga.

We have given a brief summary on some types of yoga such as Flow Yoga/ Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga/Bikram Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. We have more topics on yoga such as Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pranayama and Face Yoga. So, to read about other types of yoga in detail with their benefits, please refer to our left side menu under the YOGA section.

Flow Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga

Flow Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga

This yoga form encompasses various styles of yoga. Vinyasa means "breath-synchronized movement," and it comprises a sequence of smooth flowing movements with controlled breathing. This helps in increasing your concentration. As the poses are done in an effortless manner, like a dance, it is also known as Flow Yoga. There are many benefits of flow yoga such as increasing concentration, detoxifying and re-energizing your body, calming your mind, weight loss, reducing pain and much more. To read in detail about Flow Yoga, please refer to our left sided menu where there are many yoga topics with detailed information.

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is a yoga style done in a heated room, (95-100 degrees Fahrenheit). Hot yoga consists of many poses/postures with controlled breathing and when done in a heated room, it causes lot of sweating and warming of the body, which in turn enhances your flexibility and increase your stamina and flushes out the toxins of the body. Hot yoga is synonymously known as Bikram yoga as it was founded by Master Bikram Choudhury. Individuals suffering from heart disease, heat stroke and pregnant women should avoid Hot Yoga. To know more about Hot Yoga and its types, please refer to our yoga topics on the left side menu, under the "Alternative Therapy" section.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

This yoga style is increasing in its popularity day by day, as more and more expecting mothers are becoming aware of its benefits. Prenatal yoga is an excellent way for preparing the new mother for the experience of labor and child birth. There are various types of prenatal exercises and they should be selected according to the suitability of the expecting mother in conjunction with her obstetrician/physician. Prenatal yoga helps the pregnant women in relaxing, staying fit throughout the pregnancy and helps in dealing with the stress of labor and child birth. It also relieves back pain, nausea, stress, shortness of breath and pregnancy-induced hypertension and has many more benefits. Along with detailed information on prenatal yoga we have also given safety instructions to be followed when doing prenatal yoga. You can read this in detail under the topic "Prenatal Yoga" in the "Alternative Therapy" section.

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Last Modified On: March 24, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar

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