Styles of Yoga
Hatha yoga is a holistic yogic path, including physical postures -- asana, breathing -- pranayama, and meditation used together to create a specific physiological response -- ranging from increased flexibility stress reduction. The hatha yoga predominantly practiced in the West consists of mostly asanas. It is also recognized as a stress-reducing practice. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or "asanas," purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body's physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation.
Often called the "royal road" it offers a comprehensive method for controlling the waves of thought by turning our mental and physical energy into spiritual energy. Raja Yoga is also called Asthtanga Yoga referring to the eight limbs leading to absolute mental control. The chief practice of Raja Yoga is mediation. It also includes all other methods, which helps one to control body, energy, senses and mind.
Kundalini Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. Practitioners call Kundalini yoga the yoga of awareness
because it focuses primarily on practices that expand sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness and merge it with the Infinite consciousness. Considered an advanced form of yoga and meditation, its purpose is to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness. Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana, -based kriyas, pranayama, and meditations, which target the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength.