Don’t know what style of yoga to check out?
Here’s a quick guide to some of the major yoga styles available.
- Good for all levels.
- Gentle stretching and basic arm balances.
- Classical approach to yoga poses and breathing exercises.
- Won’t necessarily leave you sweating, but it will have you feeling more relaxed and supple.
- Rigorous, hot, sweaty.
- Physically demanding.
- Great for athletes or seasoned yogis.
- Follows specific sequence every time and links every movement to a breath.
- Follows the same sequence of 26 poses (repeated twice) in a 105 degree room.
- Highly popular; classes can be found in most places.
4. Hot Yoga
- Comprised of many different poses that vary per class.
- Room is heated to 80-100 degrees.
- Focus is on proper alignment.
- Expect a lot of props.
- Best for those who have injuries as the teachers undergo comprehensive training and are very knowledgable about what kind of instruction you may need.
- Seeks to use yoga to help students open their hearts.
- Classes are lighthearted and fun.
- Vinyasa-flow and alignment work.
- Rigorous for body and mind.
- Use props for passive poses for that one may experience the benefits of pose without the effort.
- Has been said to be more restorative and relaxing than a nap.
- Classes are usually found on the weekends.
- Fluid-like movements and links every movement to a breath.
- Expect some kind of lively music.
- No two vinyasa classes are the same.
- Good for those looking for a heavier emphasis on spirituality.
- Focus is more on breathing and chanting.
- Poses are constantly moving and invigorating.
- Focus is on lengthening tissues.
- Complements other forms of yoga.
- Passive poses you relax into.
- Classes tend to be long.