List of yoga schools

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Yoga schools are as diverse as the meanings of the bracket term yoga. Within the major branches of yoga such as haṭha, lāya, rāja, jñāna, and bhakti there are many different schools and lineages, both extant and defunct. Since the late 19th century, a great number of distinct new styles of "Yoga" have been introduced by individual teachers. There are also a number of schools and traditions that are occasionally referred to as yoga or yogic for their similar practices despite having no foundation in the Indian tradition such as Shin Shin Tōitsu-dō, and Daoyin.

Modern Hinduism and Neo-Hindu revival[edit]

The term "Yoga" has been used for various philosophies and concepts in the context of Hindu revivalism and Neo-Hindu religious and philosophical movements.

Styles of yoga as exercise[edit]

India and other Asian countries are home to thousands of yoga schools founded over the last century to teach yoga as exercise, which unlike all earlier forms consists in large part of asanas. Below are some that have acquired a respected name for their style of yoga.


Eclectic styles[edit]

These are partially derived from concepts of Hatha yoga. Some of these yoga styles are gaining popularity amongst Western audiences:

Yoga in other religious traditions[edit]

With the widespread reception of the concept of "Yoga" in the west, the term has also been transferred to similar systems of meditation and exercise which are not of Indian origin. However, these yoga concepts don't have the global reach of other popular yoga forms


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