Want to get in touch with your inner yogi? With so many options, it’s hard to choose just one. So, we at Fitmo have created this handy guide to get you clued up on the main types of yoga classes you’ll find near you.
This is the ‘basic’ form of yoga – the one you’re likely to see the most. ‘Hatha’ refers to any type of yoga that teaches different postures. While usually slow, there are some classes that pick up the pace. This is the type of yoga for you if you’re a beginner, or if you just want to develop your flexibility and balance.
This is a fairly intensive type of yoga – you’ll definitely be working up a sweat! The movements are fluid and fast-paced, and classes are often set to music for a lively feel. This kind of yoga is great if you’re looking for a serious workout, or if you’re trying to shed the pounds.
This type of yoga is great for beginners – it’s gentle and slow-paced. With Iyengar, it’s all about alignment. Specific and meticulous movements are often paired with props like yoga blocks, straps and ropes. Steady but challenging, Iyengar is great for developing strong muscles and joints, and can even improve muscle pain!
Remember to bring a towel to this one! Bikram yoga is practiced in a hot room (around 100° F!) so be prepared to sweat – a lot. Poses and breathing exercises are practiced in sequence – a sequence that stays the same in any Bikram class. For this reason, it’s great for amateur yogis. It won’t shed pounds, but you’ll definitely improve your flexibility and balance.
This is a pretty challenging one! It’s a nonstop sequence of very specific poses in a specific order – including breathing exercises. You should be fairly strong if you’re going to try ashtanga – plus have the stamina to make it through the class. Ashtanga is best for those who are into yoga and go multiple times a week.
Fancy something spiritual? Kundalini is for you! The goal in this kind of yoga is to release energy that’s apparently held in the base of your spine. It combines meditation and poses with difficult breathwork. Another main component of Kundalini is chanting and singing – don’t worry if you’re shy, you can chant in your head!
Restorative yoga is great if you’re feeling overworked, suffering from anxiety or having trouble sleeping. Stillness and gentle movement are combined with props to aid in calming the mind. If it sounds relaxing, you’d be right! This kind of yoga is great for unwinding, and can even be used as a warm-up and cool-down before and after a workout.
So – now you know, which one will you choose? Try attending a yoga class near you!