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Hatha Yoga is the most familiar type, particularly in the United States. It is basically physical yoga. But don't be confused by different names. There are several different styles of Hatha Yoga. Each style has characteristics that reflect a particular teacher or organization's approach to asanas. Some that you may have heard of are: Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kripalu Yoga and Sivananda Yoga. Remember that, though they have different names, they are still Hatha Yoga. It's just what they emphasize (breath, philosophy, sequence of movements, speed at which postures are performed, or a combination of factors) that distinguishes them.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|