As featured in Metro News - What are the different types of Yoga? and which is the right one for you
Updated: Dec 29, 2020
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Yoga is an ancient collection of physical and spiritual exercises that work to improve the body and the mind.
Originating in India, yoga has now become a staple of Western fitness – with boutique studios popping up all over the country. You only have to take a quick look at the number of Lululemon-clad women walking to their local gym on a Sunday morning to know just how popular it has become.
But how many of us actually understand the kind of yoga that we’re practicing? If you’re a beginner, the sheer list of different yoga options can be completely overwhelming. We asked MoreYoga instructor and studio coordinator Becky Crepsley-Fox for an explainer on the different types of yoga – to help you find the perfect class to suit your needs.
This class is brilliant for beginners. Hatha is a general category for most yoga styles and includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). It is slow-paced, allowing you to spend the perfect amount of time in each posture to learn the correct techniques.
This is a wonderful ‘all levels’ class. Linking the breath to movement is the key, designed to build heat, endurance, flexibility and strength. Using sun salutations (also known as surya namaskar) as a template to heat the body and focus the mind.
This is a more advanced variation of a vinyasa flow class. A fast-paced class with an emphasis on strengthening work, inversions are sometimes practiced too.