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What are the differences between Hatha and Iyengar Yoga?

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posted Jul 25, 2018 by Nikitha C.n

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Hatha Yoga: Hatha yoga was a form of yoga introduced by Yogi Swatmarama in the 15th century in India. Hatha yoga considers ‘ha’ (sun) and ‘tha’ (moon), i.e. the two opposing parts of the body and the ‘yolking’ of them (yoga). Hatha yoga deploys just two—those of posture (asana) and breathing (pranayama). There are more than 200 hatha yoga postures or asanas, and these have their variations as well. Through the practice of Hatha Yoga, your body becomes supple, strong, flexible and balanced. Your organs are well supplied with blood. Hatha Yoga is the most commonly practised form of yoga because of its emphasis on physical exercise.

Iyengar Yoga: Like Iyengar, Ashtanga is also intended to calm the mind, but while doing that, it also focuses on cleansing the internal body and keeping the organs doing their jobs.

Through twists, folds, and bandhas or locks, circulation of the blood and lymph systems improve, making the body better at eliminating toxins.

The Ashtanga practice is a set sequence of postures performed in the same order every time. Each posture builds on positions that come before it, and in a way that is intended to build internal’s Iyengar or Ashtanga, one consistent feature of yoga is that there’s a style that works for everyone. The goal of all yoga is to help the practitioner find a place of peace and calm.

answer Jul 26, 2018 by Ashwini