There are a lot of different types of yoga so it can be difficult to choose the right one for you when you’re just getting into yoga. If you try a yoga class and it isn’t exactly what you expected, there’s no need to think that yoga isn’t for you. Maybe just a particular style of yoga wasn’t what you were looking for. It is worth trying different styles and different teachers so you will find the right fit for you. Here is a beginner’s guide to different yoga styles!
Hatha yoga classes are slow paced and require you to hold several breaths in each position. Therefore, this style of yoga is great for beginners. It is a gentle introduction to basic yoga postures. Hatha yoga class will not leave you sweating but instead, you will focus on building stamina while holding various postures
Vinyasa is the most athletic yoga styles and it literally means “to place in a special way”. It is a dynamic practice that won’t require you to stay in each position for long but instead, it will be focused on a continuous flow between poses. It’s an intense form of yoga that is great for HIIT lovers
This style of yoga is all about precision and detail. During this class, yogis perform a series of postures while focusing on controlling their breath. Poses are held for a longer period of time. It is not as dynamic as vinyasa flow but you will definitely get a workout and feel open and relaxed after this class. Expect to use yoga props such as yoga blocks, blankets, and straps
Kundalini yoga is a special practice that combines spiritual and physical elements. This yoga style is all about releasing your kundalini energy to flow freely through your body. It is a series of repetitive and fast movements focusing on your core and breathing. Kundalini classes are usually pretty intense and can involve chanting and meditating. It is best for those, who are looking for spiritual practice
This type of yoga involves physically demanding postures and it is definitely not recommended for absolute beginners. It is similar to Vinyasa yoga, however, Ashtanga yoga usually consists of six series of repetitive movements and has a strict routine. Ashtanga yogis perform the same poses in the exact same order in each class, therefore it is recommended for those, who like order and discipline
Prepare to sweat during Bikram yoga class. This kind of yoga is performed in a sauna-like humid room and consist of 26 poses which each one is repeated twice. Like Ashtanga yoga, Bikram always follows the same sequence, although the Bikram sequence is different from the Ashtanga sequence. If you’re new to yoga and decide to try a Bikram yoga class, take it easy and don’t forget to bring your water bottle!
It is similar to Bikram yoga but classes aren’t restricted to the 26-pose sequence. The heat will allow you to do deeper stretches and move deeper into each pose. After the class, your muscles will feel loose and relaxed. Keep in my mind, that the heat will make you sweat more, so it is important to stay hydrated.
Yin yoga is perfect for those who want to calm and balance their body and mind. Yin yoga classes are slow paced and postures are held for several minutes at a time. It can be a meditative practice that focuses on finding inner peace. It also targets your deeper connective tissues, restoring length and elasticity
Restorative yoga focuses on deep relaxation and you may feel that you are not doing much during this class. Most of the poses are modified to be easier and more relaxing. During these classes, various yoga props such as yoga blocks and bolsters are being used to fully support your body in each pose. Restorative yoga is perfect for those who seek to relax their bodies and calm their minds. It is great for dealing with anxiety and insomnia