Which Yoga Style Are You?
Updated: Oct 20, 2019
So many times I've been asked what are the different types of yoga, and whether all styles are suitable for everyone. This is a short guide which will help you understand the key differences between various #typesofyoga, and which kind of yoga would be the most beneficial for you.
Familiarising yourself with the different types of yoga will help you choose whether you'd like a more relaxing, dynamic, restorative, or perhaps a more #meditative class. Whether you are pregnant or already have a toddler, you should definitely try prenatal & postnatal yoga. Yoga is really for everyone!
If you have never done yoga before, hatha is a good way to kick off your practice. It is ideal for beginners since the class is rather slow paced, combining well the physical postures (asanas) with the breath as you move from one posture to the next.
Yin yoga is also suitable for beginners and anyone who needs a more relaxing and meditative class. The key in yin yoga is to use many props such as blocks, bolsters, belts and blankets, since the postures are held much longer (1-4 minutes) than in a standard yoga class.
Prenatal & Postnatal yoga:
As you might guess from the title, yoga has been adapted to suit pregnant women and help them as their bodies transform through the pregnancy. The postures are ideally created to prepare the woman for the delivery, focusing on the pelvic floor muscles, breathing, relaxing and connecting with the baby.
Likewise, postnatal yoga aids women to recovery after their delivery. Strengthening again the core and abdominal muscles, loosening tension in the neck and the back (from carrying the baby and breastfeeding), and working on improving general wellbeing and fitness.
Compared to the rest, Kundalini is a bit more of a spiritual yoga practice. The aim is to release any energy which might be trapped in the body, more specifically in the lower spine. During a kundalini class you can expect a lot of breath work, fast movement of postures, chanting and meditation.
Ashtanga is fast paced and rather demanding for the body, so make sure you have done a few classes of other types of yoga before you attempt Ashtanga. The practice starts with sun salutations and then follows a sequence of postures throughout the practice.
Vinyasa is a rather dynamic type of yoga, developed from Ashtanga yoga, where the breath is in sync with the movement of the postures. Depending on the teacher, the class can be fast paced and be taught as a flow.
Iyengar yoga focuses on alignment and precision, where poses are held for long periods using props, which allows you to get deeper into the pose. This type of yoga is really suitable for anyone who would like a good workout yet would not like to rush from pose to pose.
Bikram (hot) yoga:
Probably many of you have heard of "hot yoga" before, developed by Bikram Choudhury. This type of yoga is practiced in a room at 35-42c with 40% humidity, consisting of a set sequence of 26 postures. If you need a bit of a detox and would like to sweat, then Bikram yoga might be for you.
Are you still unsure of your yoga type? Take this quick yoga quiz to find the most suitable yoga for YOU.