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What is the difference between Ashtanga, Vinyasa & Bikram Yoga?

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Yoga: How is each method different?

Traditionally defined as a system of re-education of the body, mind and spirit, yoga was perfected and adopted different versions throughout its history. Here we explain them so you can choose the most appropriate according to your tastes and needs. 

Ashtanga Yoga – the mental focus

Ashtanga is a very specific yoga style. All Ashtanga classes follow a special sequence that begins with the opening sequence, transition to one of the 6 sets of postures that vary in difficulty level and ends with the final sequence and savasana. The Ashtanga method makes the daily practice of Vinyasa more intense using Ujjayi breathing, mule bandha, uddiyana bandha and drishti. There are 6 different Ashtanga series and the progressing student moves from one series to another.

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Bikram yoga

What is it?

It consists of exercising a series of 26 postures or asanas, some standing and others on the floor , but with a particularity: it is done in a room that is between 40 and 43 degrees of temperature and with a very high degree of humidity.

What are its benefits?

  • The heat favors the postures and increases the flexibility of the body.
  • Fat is burned and accumulated toxins are eliminated.
  • It reduces stress and improves disorders such as insomnia.
  • Power self-control, concentration and mastery of one’s own body.

Who can practice it?

Your postures can be made by any normal person, even by beginners. However, it is discouraged in pregnant women, elderly people and all those who can not stand the heat.

Ashtanga yoga

What is it?

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It is a more dynamic, active and muscular version of traditional yoga. It is a matter of quickly chaining body postures and movements to work the synchronization of breathing. Due to the strong physical and respiratory work, it is necessary to perform a final relaxation that gives great energy to the body and a deep calm to the mind.

What are its benefits?

  • He works intensely on strength, flexibility and physical resistance, developing respiratory capacity and general musculature.
  • Eliminates stress and improves concentration.
  • It promotes blood circulation.

Who can practice it?

It is suitable for anyone. The important thing is to start slowly. At the beginning it is recommended to work very gently and not complete the entire series, but practice until you feel a moderate tiredness.

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