Ashtanga Yoga East Brunswick NJ

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One World Yoga Studio
(732) 521-4426
10 West Railroad Ave.
Jamesburg, NJ
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Dynamic Hatha

The Westfield YMCA
908-233-2700-X246
220 Clark Street
Westfield, NJ
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Asthanga

Core Connection Studio
(908) 647-2676
331 Elm Street
Long Hill Township, NJ
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga, AntiGravity Yoga, Hot Vinyasa

Pilates by Wendy
(732) 317-8634
73 Woodbridge Ave
Highland Park, NJ

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Maharishi Invincibility Center
(908) 522-0820
102 Summit Avenue
Summit, NJ

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Green Street Yoga Center
(732) 855-4911
94 Green Street
Woodbridge, NJ
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga, HOT, Pilates

Princeton Center for Yoga & Health
(609) 924-7294
50 Vreeland Drive(Montgomery Professional Center - Rte 518 W - .5 mile from
Princeton, NJ
Yoga Styles
Kripalu, Hot, Astanga/Power, Vinyasa Flo

CenterSpace Yoga and Wellness Studios
(732) 246-9642
403 King George Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
Yoga Styles
Astanga, Vinyasa, Flow, Gentle

The Vandana Center
(732) 566-7100
1075 Route 34, Suite H
Aberdeen, NJ

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Inner Light Yoga Center
(732) 951-1100
Lion's Plaza - 1626 Route 130
North Brunswick, NJ
Yoga Styles
Hatha, Soma

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Types of Yoga

Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

There are many types, or schools of yoga that have evolved over the centuries. yoga_typesThese different types of yoga evolved as different yogis developed their own philosophies and approaches based on the traditional methods and then taught their own approach to new students, who then passed them on to their own students and disciples.

Some of the many types of Yoga include:  Purna, Ashtanga, Jnana, Bhakti, Bikram, Karma, Raja, Hatha, Kundalini, Mantra, Tantra, Iyengar, Astanga, Vini, Ananda, Anusara, Integral, Kali Ray Tri, Kripalu, Kundalini, and Sivananda.

 

Some of the most popular in the U.S., and the ones you are most likely to find in yoga and fitness centers, are  Astanga (or Ashtanga), Bikram, Hatha, Lyengar, and Kundalini (Kundalini yoga is reported to be more than 5,000 years old, was introduced to the west in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan when he traveled here from India).

 

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga, or power yoga, is an ancient system of yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. In the U.S., it is taught as an aggressive workout where you move quickly from one pose to another to build strength and endurance. There is little emphasis on meditation with Ashtanga, and at the end of the session you will feel more like you have completed a traditional weight-training or calisthenic workout than you would with any other type of yoga. Ashtangais more of a physically challenging workout.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram yoga is practiced in a room (sometimes unventilated) heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The objective is to loosen muscles and to sweat to cleanse the body and remove symptoms of disease and chronic pain. To my knowledge, there hasn't been any research on the safety or efficacy of Bikram, and so I don't recommend it because of the potential risk of dehydration, blood pressure changes, and cardiac problems with exertion in such an inhospitable environment. This is particularly so for individuals who may have an existing heart problem or high blood pressure but don't know it. Bikram has grown in popularity, and some people swear by it. I recommend that you speak with your physician first if you are determined to try it. 

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is the most popular type of yoga taught in the U.S., was developed by Yogi Swatmarama in India in the 15th century. Hatha yoga is the most widely practiced type in the U.S. and is excellent for beginners. It is gentle with slow and smooth movements, and the focus is on holding the poses and integrating your breathing into the movement. It's a great introduction to yoga as it incorporates many different asanas, as well as pranayamas and chanting. Hatha yoga will prepare you for other yoga types that might be taught at your yoga center. Hatha is a great way...

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