You know you need and want to do yoga so you check the schedule of your local yoga studio and it looks like a crazy foreign language. You just want to do yoga…WTF does all this stuff even mean?
There are so many different types of yoga. How do you know which one is best for you? Here’s the cheat code to the 8 most common types of yoga.
8 Most Common Types of Yoga and Which One is Best for You!
Vinyasa Yoga—movement with breath or moving in a special way. Hip Hop Yoga is vinyasa style yoga. We move and flow from one pose to the next, to the next while focusing on our breath. It’s usually a faster paced class. If you get bored easily, like variety and change, and you’re looking for a workout, Vinyasa is for you.
Yin Yoga—Yin yoga often involves props—pillows, blankets, bolsters, eye masks—but also may not. In a yin yoga class you will do fewer yoga poses and hold the poses for longer (I’m talking 5-10 minutes for each side). If you’re a busy body, you’ll hate yin, but you probably NEED yin.
Yoga Nidra—Nidra is a MUST if you stuggle with insomnia or other sleep issues. Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep or a very deep meditation. You literally lie there and do nothing as a soothing voice guides you through a deep, total body relaxation.
Hatha Yoga—this type of yoga teaches the basic poses of yoga and is typically best for beginners or those looking to do yoga and not a sweaty, fast paced workout.
Hot Yoga— Hot yoga is exactly what it says it is—HOT as hell. The room is typically over 100 degrees. You will leave hot yoga sweating in places you didn’t even know produced sweat.
Restorative Yoga—Restorative is for you if you are looking for rest, relaxation, and recovery. This is a slow moving class that might involve props like bolsters, pillows, straps, and blankets—but not necessarily. Slow Flow Yoga is Restorative, but we don’t use props. If you are recovering from an injury or have been dealing with a lot of stress on your plate, then you will benefit from this type of yoga.
Kundalini Yoga—this type of yoga is all about releasing trapped energies from our body with quick, fast movement and breathing techniques. You may chant in this class which can feel strange at first. But, you will leave feeling energized and invigorated.
Prenatal—this is for all the baby mamas! If you are expecting a sweet lil’ baby, I highly suggest you give prenatal yoga a try. You will learn poses that focus on strengthening the pelvic floor, and prepare you for labor and delivery.
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