Talk:List of yoga schools

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material from "Styles/Schools of Hatha Yoga"[edit]

Content from the redirected "Styles/Schools of Hatha Yoga" article. This information should be merged into the respective articles/stubs on these various styles, linked to from the List of yoga schools article. --Smithfarm 21:37, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Iyengar - Emphasis on body alignment doing the poses, use of props (blocks, belt / strap, blankets), especially for beginners.
Bikram- practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Faherheit, the sequence of 26 poses and advice has been patented.
Astanga- name derived from sanskrit for "eight-limbed" Compared to iyengar, more emphasis on quickly shifting between poses (often by jumping).
Power (usually associated with Astanga)-

Yogaschool template[edit]

Ashtanga Yoga
Founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Practice emphases
Vinyassa - coordinating of breathe and movement, very physically active, ujjayi breath
Related schools
Iyengar Yoga

A template for use on the pages of the various schools of yoga, Ashtanga is shown as an example.


Copy and paste, and put in appropriate detail. Paul foord 02:17, 12 October 2005 (UTC)

More information required or items to be removed[edit]

I am working through the list filling in some gaps, but:

Paul foord 13:57, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

March 2006[edit]

These need articles if to be kept, external links alone not adequate

  1. Universal Yoga - Andrey Lappa -
  2. Raja yoga (School) - sree gnanajothi sampangi swamigal - (use of the Raja Yoga path needs differentiation from the school. See the discussion at Talk:Raja Yoga)
Paul foord 13:50, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, this list needs to differentiate the notable schools of yoga from the physical schools and organizations for there to be any point. Both here and in the Category:Yoga shouldn't there be a distinction between global philosophy movements and description & link to local guru intructors? Murgh 01:21, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

Hinduism project?[edit]

By what authority has this article become part of the Hinduism project?--Nemonoman 02:38, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Wiki Project yoga[edit]

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--Yoga Mat (talk) 20:06, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

kundalini yoga origins[edit]

As stated in the article, under "Eclectic styles; 1960s: Kundalini Yoga, propagated by Harbhajan Singh Yogi based on a concept described by Sivananda Saraswati (1935)..." ... is misleading.

Kundalini Yoga was brought and propagated in the west by Yogi Bhajan (Harbanjan Singh Yogi) in 1969. It may be probable that Sivananda and Yogi Bhajan met, but it would be incorrect to say Yogi Bhajan's teachings were "based on a concept by Sivananada". There's no existing evidence of this. I have books from both teachers. Their descriptions are similar because they are both based on the same root vedic writings; the Kundalini Yoga Upanishads. But, like the evolution of anything, their modern interpretations differ as taught in many aspects too. +RogerThatOne72 (talk) 06:16, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

Article title confusion[edit]

Some editors are reading "school" as an actual building rather than in the sense of, "a style, approach, or method of a specified character." (Oxford). This begs the question, in terms of yoga, What is the difference between a school and a style? And could the name of this article be changed to List of yoga styles? Morganfitzp (talk) 18:16, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

Criteria for inclusion[edit]

I think this page is clearly lacking a criteria for selection. This list of hatha styles is laughable, dilluted with self-promoters inserting their trademarked unheard of styles. Many of these are of such fine distinction from one another that the only real difference is marketing. Most of these are vinyasa style yogas done either with a specific philosophy (which doesn't make a distinct school of physical yoga) or without clothes (which also doesn't really change the practice). I would recommend the criteria include:

A) A notable extant following internationally.

B) Distinction in either community or practice from other schools in the same category (i.e. Ashtanga is different from Iyengar and Viniyoga in the communities that practice them, the names of some poses, the sequencing (or its absence), alignment, etc. And all three school's founders authored several authoritative books)

C) The school must not be limited to followers of a restricted, patented system (luckily, Bikram no longer has a restricted use patent, and does have a 'lineage' with Bishnu Gosh, and a distinct sequencing and style)

D) The school can't just use a small piece of hatha yoga practice for a specialized purpose (e.g. Cardio Yoga has no unique techniques or lineage, only a more limited scope and would fall under 'gentle yoga' with Prime of Life and a million other therapeutic styles. Same with 'ab kriya yoga'.)

E) Must be of a certain age to be considered 'established'. Maybe ten years? Iṣṭa Devata (talk) 21:09, 6 March 2015 (UTC)


"In late medieval Hinduism, Raja Yoga, based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, was contrasted with the more recent Hatha Yoga. Since the late 19th century, a great number of distinct new styles of "Yoga" have been introduced by individual teachers."

This lead in doesn't actually say anything meaningful. At least not the first part. Just an off hand observation about the sutras and medieval hatha yoga. I may take a crack at a rewrite if no one beats me to it.Iṣṭa Devata (talk) 21:21, 6 March 2015 (UTC)