Yoga has become popular in the UK these days. With different kinds of yoga being taught at different places, it can get quite confusing if you are planning to get started. From traditional to contemporary style yoga, here is a list I compiled to make your decision easier.

The art of Laughter yoga

Traditionally, yoga is believed to have a calm and tranquil effect on the body, focusing on meditation and deep breathing exercises, so this might come as a surprise to some. However, laughter yoga focuses on encouraging a light and fun mood during the sessions where you can relax and be playful. It helps alleviate or eliminate symptoms of depression, asthma, allergies and relaxes the muscles among other health benefits associated with it.

This type of yoga may not be as spiritual as the traditional yoga but it has gained popularity among people who wish to try something lighter yet effective.

Be physical with Jivamukti yoga

Unlike laughter yoga, Jivamukti yoga requires you to use your physical abilities. This type of yoga practice is similar to that of Hatha and Vinyasa which have spiritual roots in their practices and are linked to more traditional forms of yoga.

This yoga practice helps teach the practitioner about five key elements, i.e., the scriptures (shastra), the music of life (nada), practicing devotion (bhakti), living a compassionate lifestyle (ahimsa) and meditation (dhyana). It has gained quite the popularity over the past few years. It gives you an excellent cardio workout apart with putting you on the path to spiritual enlightenment.

Meditate with Satyananda yoga

The Satyanada yoga is counted among the modern yoga practices that have been gaining popularity over the last few years. This yoga practice is a combination of Jnana, Hatha, Tantra and Bhakti practices. This is a highly introspective form of yoga that is highly influenced by the traditional yoga practices and can help accommodate and adapt itself according to your physical ability.

This yoga routine gives importance to meditation. You need to keep your eyes closed while holding the poses, which ensures that there is no distraction.

Defy gravity with Antigravity yoga

As the name suggests, the Antigravity Yoga is a new type of yoga using suspended silk hammocks, using which the participants are to complete a series of poses while they are elevated from the ground. This is a great way to develop flexibility and mental focus.  

The Antigravity Yoga is not just influenced by the traditional yoga practices but it also includes routines from Pilates and acrobatics for a challenging workout.

These are not merely physical exercises but a complete workout. They are different but also exciting, which is why more and more people are leaning towards these practices.