Yoga has been adapted to a broad variety of applications. While these are not technically different types of yoga, they are distinct applications that appeal to a specific segment of the population. Yoga is becoming popular for adults and children who wish to apply its many benefits to a specific situation, such as pregnancy, performance in a sport, or as a therapeutic modality for physical illnesses or conditions, as described below.
Pregnancy Yoga – Yoga is becoming increasingly popular for women during pregnancy and after giving birth. Women are finding yoga to a gentle form of exercise which keeps their bodies toned as they progress through pregnancy and prepare for childbirth. During childbirth, a woman can rely on the physical strength and mental focus she gained through her yoga practice to deliver her baby with minimal intervention. Post-partum yoga helps a woman regain her muscle tone and can even be a bonding experience with her baby.
Yoga for Kids – As more parents enjoy the benefits of yoga, they are finding ways to introduce their children to the practice. Also, schools are finding the practice of hatha yoga to be beneficial for students in the areas of confidence, physical fitness, concentration, and more. Special needs children are benefitting greatly from yoga programs tailored to their specific concerns too.
Yoga for Sports – Athletes in all areas of sports from golf and diving to baseball and football are finding the great benefits of a yoga practice for agility, fitness and mental clarity. There is an excellent array of resources from books to videos which provide yoga routines targeted to the need of specific sports. Yoga Journal features monthly poses beneficial for various sports from skating to tennis.
Therapeutic Yoga – Yoga is becoming an important therapeutic modality as health care practitioners begin to shift focus from a masking or cover up of symptoms to a treatment of the root cause of various conditions. Doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors and yoga teachers/therapists are working hand in hand to treat a wide array of medical conditions from scoliosis to heart disease.