Different Types – Yoga

Different Types – Yoga

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Hello all! I hope you are having a fabulous day!

In my yoga quest I have come across many instructors and many types of yoga.

I have decided to answer my personal question – What are the different types of yoga?

So if you are also wondering the different types of yoga, or trying to decide which one is best for you. Take a read and let me know what you think.

There’s a comment section below and I would love to hear your thoughts!

Different Types - Yoga


Hatha

Level: BeginnerHatha Yoga

What To Expect:

Hatha Yoga is a slow-paced practice. This is where you really tune into your breathing and form. The poses are gentle and held for a longer amount of time which means you are able to really get in a deep stretch and get comfortable in proper positioning.

For you?

This is one of the best types of yoga for beginners. If you are looking for a gentle practice with time to properly learn the poses than this is for you!

Lyengar

Lyengar Yoga

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

What To Expect:

In Lyengar Yoga it’s all about alignment. A lot of props are used to get specific and comfortable in the pose. It is full of very precise movements and the poses are held for a long time.

For you?

In this yoga, it’s for you if you want to get very specific with your form. As well, it is great for anyone with a type of injury. The use of props allows you to take away pressure when it may be there otherwise.

Kundalini

Level: IntermediateKundalini Yoga

What To Expect:

If you are able to find a class like this in your area you will find it to be very different from a typical yoga class. In Kundalini Yoga there is chanting and meditation involved as well. It’s not just your regular practice. There is a lot of repetitive exercises with intense breath work. It is fast paced and lots of focus on the core. The reason for this is to release the Kundalini energy.

For You?

This is a very spiritual practice. If you are looking to explore your more spiritual side and get a higher level of self-awareness than this style of yoga is for you.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga YogaLevel: Intermediate-Advanced

What To Expect:

A physically demanding yoga class. Vinyasa yoga stems from this type of yoga. Ashtanga is a faced paced yoga. It does follow the same flow each time and you can expect the same poses.

For You?

If you are an experienced yogi who likes routine than this type of yoga is for you.

 

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Vinyasa / Flow

Level: IntermediateVinyasa Yoga

What To Expect:

In this class, you will get the most athletic variety of yoga. Meaning you will use your muscles and strength. It is a quick pace class. You easily flow from one pose to another. You will be continually moving with not a lot of time for deep stretches.

For You?

Do you want to raise heart rate? Will you enjoy a class with continuous movement? This is your class and generally, the most common class found at your local yoga studio.

Bikram

Bikram YogaLevel: Beginner-Intermediate

What To Expect:

In this type of class expect to sweat. Bikram yoga is used loosely to describe hot yoga as in both classes the temperatures are raised. However, the main difference from Bikram to Hot Yoga is that in Bikram Yoga there is a 26 pose routine. Always. Hot yoga is different in that the instructor leads you through different poses. Be sure you check to see which class you are attending before heading in!

For You?

If you like a routine than this is for you! Also, if you like hot yoga and want to know what to expect, also for you. Or if you like doing yoga in a warm environment – definitely for you!

Yin

Level: BeginnerYin Yoga

What To Expect:

In this class, you can expect a lot of slow postures. For the most part, you are in a seated position and will hold each pose for a while. Although it sounds like this class might not be for you, a lot of yogi’s really appreciated this class because they are able to really get into the pose, as well as open up their legs and hips.

For You?

If you are looking for a slow paced, meditative yoga this is where you need to be. As well if you want to open up your legs and hips and really increase flexibility, this will also serve you well.

Restorative

Restorative YogaLevel: Beginner

What To Expect:

If you want to let go of your day and get a total body relaxation, restorative yoga is for you. Like Lyengar Yoga, there are props to help you get into your poses. In this yoga, there is more time and fewer postures. It is focused on cleansing and freeing your mind.

For You?

Expect meditation in this class. It is good for people who have anxiety or insomnia as well.

 

 


Thank you for taking the time to check out list types yoga. I hope to have enlightened you with some of the different styles of yoga out there.

Now that yoga has really blown up in the last couple of years, it’s really good to know what styles of yoga there are so you’re not surprised once you get to the class.

I had made that mistake once. I went to a Yin class when I was wanting a Vinyasa. It was a relaxing change and I did enjoy the poses, I just was really caught off guard.

Anyways, as always I love to hear your thoughts and appreciate the feedback!

 

Have a great day!

Kahlua

kgordin@thealldayyoga.com

 

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6 Responses

  1. Matthew says:

    Great post! I’ve always enjoyed yoga. I practice Hatha Yoga mainly, but I have also tried doing different forms of Kundalini Yoga. What are your thoughts about Kundalini yoga? There seems to be a lot of mysticism wrapped up in it. Isn’t it suppose to be considered a quick path to enlightenment. When I’ve tried it in the past, I’ve had some intense sensations. What are you thoughts?

    • admin says:

      Hey Matthew,

      I haven’t actually tried Kundalini yoga as of yet! I really want to but I am in a small town with little yoga resources around!

      I am interested that you have tried it and you have definitely made me more curious to try myself.

      I will get to researching!

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  2. Holly says:

    Great post! I’ve recently started yoga classes at my gym, and of course my gym has to brand the yoga themselves so I’m not *totally* sure what category it falls under, but since it’s a gym, I’m guessing Vinyasa Flow. My main goal with yoga is to increase flexibility and stretch out the muscles in my upper back/shoulders/neck where I carry my tension. Do you think this is a good choice?

    • admin says:

      Hi Holly,

      Yes, I think yoga is a great choice for flexibility and to open up the muscles in your shoulders and neck. I am sure you will find very soon that yoga does wonders for that kind of thing!

      Also, I believe you are right that they yoga they offer at your gym is vinyasa.

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  3. Doc says:

    Wow these are great forms to get out there . People should understand where each of their positions come from makes for a deeper understanding why we do it in the first place.

    • admin says:

      Doc,

      Absolutely, I couldn’t agree with you more!

      It’s a really good idea to have an understanding of what types of yoga there are as well so you won’t be surprised when you go to a class.

      Thanks for the comment,
      Kahlua

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