If you’re not sure about what type of yoga to try, look at our handy guide to help you choose. From a beginners to an advanced yoga level, you can find out what to expect and how each type of yoga can help you improve your mental and physical well-being.
Yoga has 3 elements that will surface consistently throughout every type of yoga. These foundations are stretching exercises, breathing and meditation techniques.
Well-being can transform how we look and how we feel about ourselves. Often, such positive changes can be taken away from the yoga mat and into our everyday lives to undertake more positive behaviours.
In a nut shell, please see below the 10 most popular forms of yoga that could fit around your lifestyle.
Ashtanga is different from the rest. You move quickly through a series of set yoga poses, flowing from one position to the next without intervals. There is no variation which means that you can continue to develop your strength and flexibility in the same areas. Similar to Power yoga, you can work out your cardio fitness alongside the benefits of meditation.
Power yoga is identical to Ashtanga. The only difference is power yoga does not have a set sequence. There is more focus on certain types of poses and body parts in a session compared to the general bodily ashtanga approach.
If you’re a beginner and just want to know more about yoga, Hatha is a good starting point. It eases you in by helping you to focus on the basic yoga and relaxation techniques.
If you can exercise in strong heat then this is the perfect type of yoga for you. Imagine doing 26 yoga poses within a hot room. The temperate can different between classes but usually starts from 35 degrees. It is perfect for flushing out any toxins through a series of deep but relaxing stretches.
Iyengar is good for improving your flexibility. You can use lots of different types of props to help you get into certain poses. These props include belts, blocks, harnesses and pillows. You are focusing here on your body alignment, holding poses over longer periods of time compared to other yoga techniques.
If you want to choose yoga that fits around you and you alone, then personalise it. Other types tend to be dictated around set routines. With Vinoga, your trainer takes a much more personalised approach, tailoring your yoga routine to your age, health and physical needs.
This is an all-in-one yoga regime encompassing all aspects of the yoga tradition. There will be a combination of physical poses, breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting and relaxation. You will focus primarily on your spine, helping you to become more flexible.
This type of yoga helps you to de-stress by focusing more on relaxation techniques. You are practising yoga with 12 basic poses that is matched to certain types of breathing. Focus and stillness are the prime benefits.
Kripa has 3 stages, each providing you with a step-by-step guide to yoga. Firstly, you will learn about the different poses, stretches and relaxation techniques. Then you will try to hold and sustain these newly learnt poses for long periods of time. Finally you will be able to move between poses. These stages can be achieved at your own pace, where you’re ability tends to lead the way during sessions.
Wellbeing is at the heart of Sivanda; It relies on your ability to develop habits that will enrich and change your life. It is a fairly gentle regime, where you will be practising 12 poses alongside breathing and relaxation techniques. It is here where positive thinking and meditation will become part of your daily routine.