Types of Yoga There are many and varied, you could make a list of more than 30 Types of Yoga, some of them have only small differences between them, but here we will give information about the types currently be considered the most useful, and are those who practice in our Yoga Retreat, Hiking and Hot Springs. Specific, then we will explain the differences between the types of Yoga : Satyananda, Hatha, Raja, Kundalini, Nidra, Nothing and Meditation.


diferencias entre los tipos de yoga


Satyananda Yoga

Maestro Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009).

Satyananda Yoga is a type of yoga created by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati and developed by his disciples, It is incorporating based on ancient practices and traditional sources. Satyananda Yoga uses traditional practices, “asanas” ( the postures) to balance the body and mind through the human body, “pranayama” (or breathing practices) to work in the energy field of the body (similar al “Of” O “Expenses” other methods) and uses meditation to calm and focus the mind. It also adopts a more complete perspective for teaching and encouraging yogic lifestyle, taking yoga as a base but applying to all daily aspects of our daily lives. Satyananda Yoga approach treats the whole person, not only the body, there is also an emphasis on awareness and Satyananda yoga practitioners are encouraged to learn about all aspects of his personality.


Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga postures

The term Hatha Yoga has been commonly used to describe the practice of Asana (postures). syllable “he has” from “Hath” It refers to the force pranic (vital) governing the physical body and the flute “tha” On the other hand the chitta force refierea (mental) so Hatha Yoga is a catalyst for the awakening of the two parts that affect our lives: body and mind. More concretely, the techniques described in Hatha Yoga harmonize and purify the body systems and focus the mind in preparation for more advanced type and practices chakra kundalini.

Hatha Yoga system includes asana (postures) along with six shatkarmas (detoxification techniques physical and mental), mudras y bandhas (techniques release energy psychophysiological) and pranic awakening practices. The development of the human personality at increasingly subtle levels leads to higher states of consciousness and meditation. Hatha Yoga has been described in several classical texts, como en Hatha Yoga Pradipika y Gherand Samhita .



Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga yoga system generally described in the books Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Sage Indian author refers. In this ancient text, Sage Patanjali describes eight stages of yoga known collectively as Raja Yoga.

Raja Yoga is a comprehensive yoga system which is based on the following concepts: the refinement of human behavior and personality through the practice of yamas (or restriction) y niyamas (the disciplines); the attainment of physical health and vitality through asanas (postures) and pranayamas (Prana breathing techniques); management of mental and emotional conflicts and development of awareness and concentration through pratyahara (sensory retreat) y dharana (concentration); and development of the creative aspect of consciousness through dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption in the universal identity).


Kundalini Yoga

According to this type of Yoga, the path of yoga is a series of stages, in which the gradual awakening of the chakras corresponds to these stages. Kundalini yoga refers to the chakras located in specific areas of the body that control the flow of prana (or vital energy) that permeates the entire structure of the human body. According to this type of Yoga, the chakras are beyond normal perception. Each person, There are countless chakras. But nevertheless, only a few main used in yogic practice. These few however cover the entire spectrum of the human being from the crudest to the subtlest. These major chakras are: Mooladhara, Swadhisthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddhi, Ajna and Sahasrara.



These chakras are bipolar, that is to say, involve two things: Subtle energy centers (o Prana) within the human body pranic, Each chakra is associated with pranic energy (vital energy) to very specific levels and subtleties, Each chakra is a gateway to specific levels of mind.
States of consciousness progressively higher. Namely, chakras symbolize the different levels of consciousness in man from the instinctual states associated with the Mooladhara chakra to the most intuitive states associated with Ajna chakra. They symbolize the spiritual path.
These two aspects are closely interrelated since the manipulation and control of prana (vital energy) in any of the centers will induce a state of consciousness corresponding. On the contrary, a specific state of consciousness induce the prana to predominate in the corresponding chakra. Each is directly related to the other.

According to the Kundalini Yoga physical or mental stimulation of the psychic centers can lead to changes in consciousness. This awakens psychic potential in humans and gives greater insight into their own reality. This is the ultimate goal of Kundalini yoga, provide a basic understanding of the chakras and their physical location in the body.


Yoga Nidra

Satyananda Yoga Nidra was devised by Indian Swami Satyananda Saraswati Sri (Satyananda Yoga also creator, firstmentioned) from traditional tantric practices and has had a great impact on the world of Yoga. Yoga Nidra is a technique pratyahara (sensory retreat) in which the distractions of the mind are limited and allows the mind to relax. This practice has had a profound transformative effect on practitioners that have been completed.


Yoga Nidra: conscious sleep.


Generally people feel they are relaxing when resting in an armchair with a cup of tea or coffee, a drink or a cigarette or read a newspaper or turn on the TV. But this, in fact, it is simply a sensory distraction. True relaxation is an experience far beyond all this. For absolute relaxation you must remain aware of your “state of dynamic sleep”.

Yoga Nidra is a method for inducing physical relaxation, mental and emotional complete. During practice, one seems to be asleep, yet consciousness is functioning at a deeper level.



El maestro Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati (the successor of Swami Satyananda Saraswati) He taught many techniques of concentration and meditation developed by Satyananda Yoga tradition from ancient scriptures. These practices pratyahara (quieting the mind), Joist (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and laya yoga techniques are all derived from the Upanishads, Tantras and other ancient traditions. All these meditation techniques have different levels and stages of practice.

Below are descriptions of some common Satyananda Yoga meditation techniques are:

  • Antar Mouna deals with the activities of the conscious mind. In Antar Mouna no awareness of thoughts and mental activity. The technique involves creating, transform and, Finally, gaining control of the thought processes.

  • Ajapa Japa is a mantra repetition practice conscious breathing in psychic passages. The mantra may be personal mantra given by a guru or universal mantra breathing 'So-Ham’ whose spontaneous repetition is the core of the technical Ajapa Japa.
  • Trataka involves looking at a point, usually a candle flame, to induce relaxation and concentration of mind. It is described in numerous scriptures, although it is generally known by other names and varies traditions. In the classic text of hatha yoga, Gherand Samhita, It is classified as one of the sharkarmas. Because the other five practices shatkarmas (Neti, dhauti fare, Suffice, Kplbti) They are related only to cleansing the body, Trataka seems completely out of place, indeed an anomaly. In some way, Trataka acts as the bridge between Hatha yoga and Raja yoga.


Nada Yoga

Nada Yoga is a path different from yoga. It is closely related to the mantra yoga, Japa yoga, el kirtan, music and any other practice-related sound. Nada Yoga is a simple yet powerful practice. It is a method of tracking sound through your psychic manifestation.



According to traditional yogic scriptures, the brahman nothing (transcendental sound) is the seed of the world that manifests from the visible to the invisible.

There are two parts to this ancient practice:

  • The journey starts from the external sound to the inner route. One of the external practices yoga Nothing, namely, “Bhramari pranayama”, It is an excellent method to solve the mind and eliminate severe tensions. Therefore, It can be used as a method for preparing the mind to other practices of meditation, or simply as a method to gain peace of mind in times of stress.
  • While other practice is a powerful but simple method to reveal the mysteries of your inner self. One rises to the height of the interior space. Any of the basic benefits we have listed for other meditative practices can be obtained from Nada yoga sadhana.


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