A Quick Guide – Major Types of Yoga

There are 8 major types of yoga, and I am going to walk you through each of them and get you a brief understanding of all types of yoga.

  • Vinyasa yoga, also been called Vinyasa Flow yoga or flow yoga

The term Vinyasa is pronounced as Vin-ya-sa, and flow yoga adopts a sequence of poses. When attending a Vinyasa yoga class, a fluid-like, intense movements sequence of poses is waiting for you. it is not easy to do good in Vinyasa yoga, as one must do well in transition from pose to pose.

If you have plans to lose weight by doing yoga, pick flow yoga, you will not be disappointed.

  • Ashtanga yoga

This is my second favorite yoga style. Similar as Vinyasa yoga, it adopts a sequence of specific poses and with a focus in linking movement to breathe. I practice Ashtanga a lot when I am in my phase of losing pounds. Doing Ashtanga yoga is a sweaty process, make sure your yoga tops and pants are perfectly wick moisture enabled.

  • Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga teaches you physical postures. Almost every yoga studio open Hatha yoga classes across the world. From this fact, you can see how widely it is accepted by yogis. While attending a Hatha yoga class, you will learn basic yoga poses and it will not be intense. It is a kind of gentle yoga style.

  • Hot yoga

As the name indicates, the class room will be heated and you will definitely sweat a lot. In most cases, hot yoga includes a series of 26 basic poses and each pose will appear twice. If you are interested in trying hot yoga, check out your yoga studio before make a plan, as not every studio offer hot yoga class.

  • Bikram

Bikram yoga is similar as hot yoga. Bikram features a set of defined poses and the room is often set to 105 degrees and 40% humidity. I am not a fan of hot yoga or Bikram yoga as I dislike hot temperature. Still, Bikram yoga is very popular among yogis worldwide, give it a try if you are new to yoga world.

  • Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga is a wonderful way to relax your body. It has a second name – Yin yoga. Perhaps people call this style Yin yoga more often than restorative yoga. You are going to experience profound rest in Yin yoga class, if that is what you expect, go.

  • Anusara yoga

A relatively new yoga style as Anusara yoga it is. Anusara seeks to use the physical practice of yoga to help students open their hearts, experience grace, and let their inner goodness shine through. I am not familiar with this yoga style, let me know if your experience regarding Aanusara yoga by commenting below.

  • Iyengar yoga

In Iyengar yoga class, teachers will tell you the most important thing regarding Iyengar yoga is finding your proper alignment in a pose. You are also going to use a wide selection of props like chairs, walls, and benches as well as straps, blocks, and bolsters.

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