Types of Yoga Practice

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Types of Yoga PracticeWant to try yoga but don’t know where to start?

This post will break down the different types of yoga practice and explain them simply for anyone that is new to yoga and looking to reap the great benefits.

Then check out our follow on post here where you can find out how to use yoga to get rid of your stubborn belly fat.

AshtangaAshtanga Yoga Pose

Ashtanga yoga focuses on six established and strenuous pose sequences. It involves speedy movement through yoga poses, which is great for fitness but can be more challenging for beginners. The flow of movement from one pose to another is timed to each inhale and exhale and each of these series of poses is termed a vinyasa.

Bikram or Hot Yoga

Not for the faint hearted, hot yoga is yoga x 100. Bikram features yoga poses in a sauna like room where the heat is on full and the humidity level is high. It involves a series of 26 basic yoga poses each performed twice. If you are looking for a quick fix sweat session to work out all your tension this could be the one for you.

Hatha YogaHatha Yoga

Although hatha yoga is a broad term which would encompass every physical practice of yoga on this list, when a class is described as hatha yoga it generally refers to the class being a classical approach to yoga, with controlled breathing and a focus on moving into and holding postures in a measured, holistic way. This type of yoga is great for beginners and is very popular with all ages and abilities.

Pre-Natal

As the name suggests the yoga poses contained in these classes are specially designed for expectant mothers. It can be performed by women in all stages of pregnancy and can even help to get you back in shape post birth. This practice will benefit your muscle strength and can help your body to return to normal after pregnancy.

Restorative YogaRestorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a relaxed, meditative way of performing yoga. Yoga is about the body and the mind and this type of yoga allows you to really connect with the meditative side of the practice. Yogis can spend up to 20 minutes in one of four or five simple poses and the classes are designed to help you experience deep relaxation.

Vinyasa or Power Yoga

Power yoga is highly active and does not keep to the same pose sequence like ashtanga. The style and movements of your class can be vastly different depending on the teacher. This style is far removed from the classical styles of yoga but can be a great workout.

For more weird and wonderful types of yoga check out this post.

What’s your yoga style?

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 Which Type of Yoga Practice is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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6 comments

  1. Ive taken Bikram, prenatal yoga as well as power flow yoga both in a regular as well as a heated room (although not as hot a temp as Bikram.) I’ve yet to take an Ashtanga style class. Ive also heard of Rocket yoga, another style of Ashtanga I believe. I hear you spend a lot of time on your hands inverting though, is this true?

    1. Hey Martina,

      Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Its great to hear about your experiences with these different styles of yoga.

      Yes this is certainly true of the classes I have been to, which is not always for everyone, though I have found the level of emphasis can also vary between instructors. It really is just about find the right class for you, I personally enjoy an ashtanga class once in a while but tend to mix it in with other classes too.

      Fran

  2. This is really cool. I have a sister who takes Yoga classes alongside her busy school schedule. Her class is almost over and she’s told me she wants to keep practicing it but she doesn’t know where to look to do so. This would be perfect for her. I am definitely going to refer her to your site here.

    1. Hey Caleb,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the article and you think your sister might enjoy it. Yoga is definitely a great way to escape a busy schedule and de-stress!

      Fran

    1. Hey Deepika,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I’m so glad you enjoyed the article.

      Your site sounds really interesting, I will definitely check it out.

      All the best,

      Fran.

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