Popular Yoga Styles in Los Angeles
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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By Eloah Rocha
Eloah Rocha serves as a youth counselor and
activities coordinator at Los Angeles Children’s
Hospital, where she has worked for over a decade.
Away from work, Eloah Rocha enjoys reading,
meditation, and practicing different forms of yoga at
studios around LA.
Yoga refers to a system of physical training in which
a practitioner concentrates on breath control, trained
body postures, and simple meditation techniques for
health and relaxation. Originally conceived as a
spiritual discipline among the Hindus of South Asia,
the physical disciplines of yoga are collectively
referred to as hatha yoga, of which there are several
major sub-disciplines, or styles.
Ashtanga yoga requires practitioners to perform
body postures the same way in a routine, using
the exact same sequence of moves every time.
Iyengar yoga includes the use of blocks, straps,
ropes, and other props as practitioners
concentrate on achieving perfect alignment.
Vinyasa yoga emphasizes a fluid, choreographed
movement from pose to pose without stopping
during a session, and although the poses are the
same, the routine will be slightly different each
session to challenge the mind as well as the body
Bikram yoga, developed by Bikram Choudhury
in the 1970s as an off-shoot of Ashtanga, is
a trademarked sequence of 26 postures that
are completed in 90 minutes in a room
heated to about 104 degrees Fahrenheit and
repeated in the same sequence each time.
Yoga classes not following the Bikram
sequence must be titled something other
than Bikram, such as hot yoga.