I guess when it comes to Yoga, a lot of people think that it's just one form of exercise or one flow of movements. This just isn't the case. If I had to compare the amount of movements to any other exercise, I would pick something like Karate, Tai Kwon Do, or that of Aikido. Once you figure out the movements within a type of exercise your movements will flow accordingly and without problems. This is considered one of the best exercises to get into. Not only is it incredibly beneficial to your health but to your mind as well. Sometimes people get into this for both reasoning's or for one or the other.
For me, it was all about the soul and mind facet. I needed a way to relax my mind and destress myself. It has done that for me - and a whole lot more. I am calmer, more understanding, I can't concentrate better, etc. If you want to get into Asana you should be aware of all the different styles and types available to you. There are many different styles of yoga being taught and practiced today. Although all of the styles are based on the same physical postures (called poses), each has a special emphasis. Listed below are the most popular types of yoga that can help you decide which class is right for you.
This is a very common term that can encompass many of the physical types of this exercise. If a class is described as Hatha style, it is probably going to be slow-paced and gentle and provide a good introduction to the basic poses. This would most likely be the perfect class for older people that are just starting to get back into shape or for beginners that haven't really done in the past. Don't push too much too fast. This isn't about who is the best, or the strongest or the quickest. It's about balancing your mind, body and soul.
Vinyasa, which means breath-synchronized movement, leans to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of poses called Sun Salutations (also called Surya Namaskara, literally translates to "salute to the sun"), in which movement is met to the breath. A Vinyasa class will most likely start with a number of Sun Salutations to warm up the body for more intense stretching that's done at the end of the class.
This style, also called Power Yoga which means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, is a fast-paced, extreme style. A set series of poses is performed, always in the same order. Ashtanga practice is very physically demanding because of the constant movement from one pose to the next.
Based on the teachings of Yogi B.K.S Iyengar, this specific style is concentrated around body alignment. The word "alignment" is used to describe the specific way which your body should be positioned inside each pose. Iyengar practice usually emphasizes holding poses over long periods versus moving quickly from one pose to the next.
The emphasis of Kundalini is on the breath in alignment with physical movement, with the purpose of loosing energy in the lower body and granting it to move upwards. Kundalini employs rapid, repetitive movements rather than positions held for a long time, and the teacher will often lead the class in call and response chanting.
Other styles include that of Sivananda, Integral, Kripalu, Forrest, Anusara and Bikram. If you would want to learn even more about these types of styles you could very well go searching around on the Internet at a few dozen places. Or you could do the smart thing - look for an ebook that centers around yoga. Or better yet, find an ebook that centers around beginners Yoga! This could give you more examples of Yoga positions plus other things you should very well be aware of such as benefits, how to pick a teacher, different types of equipment you can use for Yoga, and so much more!