- Hatha yoga: even though hatha yoga refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures, we now use the term for a slow-paced and gentle way of practicing. Hatha classes are often a good place to begin because it provides an introduction to the basics in a low-key setting.
- Iyengar yoga: based on yoga master B.K.S Iyengar. The focus of the classes is on alignment in a very precise way. Its practice uses lots of props (such as yoga blankets, blocks, and straps) to help students to perform better and in a safer way. It’s a slow pace class, but very physically and mentally challenging. You will feel incredibly open and relaxed after an Iyengar class. This method is also recommended for people who need to work slowly, so if you have injuries or chronic condition, this type is good for you.
- Kundalini yoga: is all about releasing the kundalini energy in your body said to be trapped in the lower spine. In order to do that, Kundalini Yoga works with breathing and its effects, plus physical movements. Generally, the physical movements are repetitive and fast-moving, making the classes considerably intense. Also, usually involves chanting, mantra, and meditation.
- Ashtanga yoga: is a fast-paced, intense, flowing style of yoga. Ashtanga always performs the exact same poses in the exact same order, and it's expected of you to know the series. The postures are very physically demanding so this style of yoga is not recommended for the beginner. Vinyasa yoga stems from Ashtanga.
- Vinyasa yoga: it’s a more vigorous style with a fluid practice. The movement is coordinated with your breath and movement to flow from one pose to another. The intensity of the practice is similar to Ashtanga, but the sequences can vary depending on the teacher, so if you don’t like routine but a strong practice this is your style. Vinyasa can also be used as a general term to describe many different types of classes like power & flow.
- Bikram yoga: is practiced in a heated room and it features a sequence of 26 basic postures repeated twice. It is said that the heat facilitates the loosening of tight muscles and profuse sweating, which is thought to be cleansing. If you are looking to sweat in yoga, this is the style for you.
- Yin yoga: during its practice poses are held for several minutes. The goal is to stretch the body's connective tissue, particularly around the joints. It has been created to help prepare the body to be able to sit in long meditation sessions and to act as a counterpoint to movement-oriented vigorous styles of yoga. Although a bit challenging sometimes, it can be a good choice for beginners.
- Restorative yoga: focus on winding down and relaxing. It’s based on passive stretching, and for that makes use of props to support the body as it relaxes into poses over the course of several minutes. You spend more time in fewer poses and they are modified to be easier and more relaxing. Restorative yoga also helps to cleanse and free your mind. Definitely for anyone that needs some deep relaxation.
Hope you have a better understanding of the Yoga world! I recommend giving a few styles and teachers a try before settling on your favorite! Check our previous post to get some guidance on booking your first class.