You've decided to finally start doing yoga — but after Googling classes in your area, your head is spinning. Should you try hot yoga or Ashtanga yoga? And what's the difference between hot yoga and Vinyasa? The array of options can be enough to scare newbies off the mat for good.
But here's why you shouldn't be scared: Like other exercises, incorporating a variety of types of yoga into your regular practice can help keep you balanced.Here's what you need to do:
Try a few different, teachers and styles. Then, stick with the one that resonates with you for a good amount of time and be dedicated to the practice. The first day you don't like a class shouldn't be a reason to bolt and try something new.
Yoga isn't necessarily a 'one-size-fits-all' practice, either. Different types of yoga might be best for different people. For example, A 20-year-old and a 70-year-old probably don't need the same things.Someone who is hyper-mobile and flexible doesn't need the same thing as someone who's muscular and stiff.
So with all the choices out there, where do you start? Don't lose your Ujjayi breath (that's yogi speak for calming inhales and exhales). We've got your definitive list — plus, tips for identifying the style you might like best.
It's all about the basics in these slower moving classes that require you to hold each pose for a few breaths. Hatha classes are considered a gentler form of yoga. However, the Sanskrit term "hatha" actually refers to any yoga that teaches physical postures. It's a practice of the body, a physical practice that balances the breath along with the physical asanas.
Best For : Beginners. Because of its slower pace, hatha is a great class if you're just starting your yoga practice.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Get your flow on in this dynamic practice that links movement and breath together in a sequence. In most classes, you won't linger long in each pose and the pace can be quick, so be prepared for your heart rate to rise. You will also learn some of the advance asanas in this class. For example- shirshasana (head stand pose)
Best For : High intensity workout lovers. Intense exercisers might enjoy Vinyasa because of its faster pace. Runners and endurance athletes are also drawn to Vinyasa class because of the continuous movement.
Intense Yoga/ Power Yoga
Each class is independently sequenced, offering varied, fun, and dynamic classes that will keep you on your toes. Power Yoga is for everyone.
It doesn't matter how fit you are, how old you are (<50 years), or how flexible. The yoga we teach is not about learning to put your feet behind your ears, it's about learning to love and look after the body you've been given. It's about challenging your limits, both mentally and physically and learning to breathe through it.
Power Yoga is so much more than a just a physical workout – that's why it's so addictive. Not only will Power Yoga help you achieve a beautiful body but it will also help to develop a beautiful mind. It allows us to find peace in the hurly-burly of urban life and become a calmer, healthier, and happier person.
Although our classes are challenging, they are also rewarding. With regular practice you will make rapid progress and we're certain that you will soon begin to feel the benefits of power yoga in all areas of your life.
Best For : Hardcore sweat lovers. If you love a tough workout that will leave you drenched, sign up for a beginner-friendly heated class.