- Aerial: Fluid, acrobatic yoga… in a hammock.
- Anusara: Playful. Expect to laugh and go upside down.
- Ashtanga: Athletic and vigorous.
- Bikram: Consistent poses in a very heated studio.
- Hatha: Foundation for many yoga styles. Great for beginners.
- Hot: Make sure to bring a towel — or two!
- Iyengar: With a focus on structure, usually uses blocks, straps for support.
- Kundalini: Focused on meditation and breathing.
- Power/Flow/Vinyasa: An athletic and physically challenging style.
- Pre- and Post-natal: Gentle Hatha yoga is ideal for pregnant women to help lower stress.
- Yin: A slow class that will take you deeper than you’ve ever gone.
Here’s the extended version of each style mentioned above:
It’s easy to free your mind when a hammock is gently cradling you and gravity does the work of deepening your stretch. The compression-free inversions can be terrifying at first until you realize that the hammock has your back. Aerial yoga is all about trust. Trust and the blissful sensation that you’re floating.
Expect a playful class with a strong focus on proper alignment and Tantric yoga philosophy (not what you’re thinking). It (like most yoga) is derived from Hatha yoga.
This practice is very athletic and made up of six vigorous series of postures. It’s one of the oldest forms of yoga and is considered to be the foundation of much of the yoga we see today in the west.
You’re going to sweat in a Bikram’s class, more than you ever thought was possible. Bikram yoga consists of 26 postures and breathing exercises repeated twice (that’s right 90 minutes) in a room heated to 105 degrees. Heads up – humidity is 40% and will knock you over the first time.
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The foundation of every style of yoga mentioned here. Traditional Hatha yoga is a holistic path that includes disciplines, physical postures (asana), purification procedures, breathing (pranayama), and meditation. Hatha practiced in the West consists of mostly physical postures and is also recognized as a gentle introductory yoga for people new to yoga.
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By adding heat it is said that classes will help you lose weight, loosen your muscles (by adding increased range of motion) and improve your cardiovascular system. It differs from Bikram’s in that the series of postures are not always (but can be) in any particular order and modifications are often offered.
- Read this blog post for hot yoga tips from experts.
Expect a class emphasizing healing the body and mind through use of supported postures. One of the oldest forms of yoga, it’s for a person who loves technical intricacies and is also great for people who are new to yoga or have any issues with their health.
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Don’t be surprised if your waving your hands like you just don’t care or laughing uncontrollably, this practice is intended to wake up the kundalini energy coiled at the base of your spine while activating chakras (energetic centers in the body), as well as detox the body and mind.
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Some believe that Yin yoga is the oldest form of Hatha yoga, since it is the ideal method of physical conditioning for prolonged meditation. Don’t let the props and gentle movement fool you, this is not a form of restorative yoga. The long holds require that you focus and release all effort from the muscles.
last but not least
Remember: your body is your best guide. You don’t have to stick to one kind of yoga, just do what your body needs!
There are many other styles not mentioned here that we encourage you to discover for yourself. The bottom line is: if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.