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Which Type of Yoga Is Best For You?

Looking to start yoga classes, but don't know where to begin? With hundreds of yoga classes to choose from, it can be overwhelming initially. So how do you pick one type of yoga that's best for you?

The answer to that question completely depends on you, and what you want from your yoga practice – whether it’s fitness, mindfulness, flexibility, rehabilitation, reaching a goal (eg. headstands), etc. There are many different types of yoga classes to choose from, each with their own set of benefits and outcomes.

To help you decide which yoga is best for you, here’s a basic idea of what to expect from the most popular types of yoga classes:

  • Hatha Yoga – this is a traditional yoga practice that focuses on breathing, alignment within the asanas and mindfulness. A great class for beginners to start with, and to understand what yoga is really about.

  • Vinyasa Yoga – this type of yoga is a lot more movement-focused. It’s all about flowing with your breath throughout the practice, each asana seamlessly transitioning into the next. Good for all levels, including beginners who are quite active and anyone who wants to burn some calories.

  • Power Yoga – similar to vinyasa, this class is a lot more strength-focused and will make you sweat. It’s a fast-paced class and it’s ideal for those who want a sweaty workout session, and advanced students.

  • Kundalini Yoga – more about awakening your inner energy, this class goes beyond the physical aspect of yoga, using repeated movements, chanting, meditation and breathing techniques. Great for yogis who are looking for a traditional, meditative practice.

  • Iyengar Yoga – using props (blocks, straps, pillows), poses are held for longer periods of time in this class. Good for people with injuries, tightness and those who want to work on overall alignment.

  • Hot Yoga – the sweatiest of all yoga classes, this class is practiced in a heated room, usually at 40 degrees. It’s a high-energy, intense class that is great for weight loss, detoxifying and more.

  • Yin Yoga – a slow-paced yoga class that’s perfect when you need a deep stretch or relaxation session. You’ll only do a few asanas, and will stay in each for about 5-10 minutes.

  • Ashtanga Yoga – a perfect blend of mindfulness, strength and flexibility, this class is more suited for intermediate and advanced yogis.

  • Swing Yoga – using a suspended fabric, this class is great for stretching and relaxing. There will be gentle stretches, swinging and hanging upside down. Good for all levels.

In addition to this, there are also non-traditional classes like Doga (dog yoga), Yoga Sculpt (yoga with weights), Yogalates (yoga and pilates) and Aqua Yoga (yoga in a pool) to cater to our modern world. These classes are definitely fun, however if you're looking to feel the true essence of a yoga practice, we suggest starting with the basics.

Another important factor to consider is your yoga teacher. Energy is a big part of yoga, and we believe that finding a teacher you can connect with makes a big difference.

There are so many great teachers out there, but there will always be a select few who stand out for you – be it their teaching style, guidance cues, sequences, music, voice, or energy.

So if you’re a new to yoga, our advice would be:

  • Don’t limit yourself to one style of yoga

  • Try out as many classes as you can until you find a class/teacher that you connect with

  • Don’t focus too much time on trying to find the perfect class. Focus on yourself, enjoy the process and it will come to you

No matter the class, yoga is all about connecting your body, mind and breath and becoming the best version of yourself. So take your time, be patient, and have fun!

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