Anusara or Ashtanga? Iyengar or Vinyasa? There are soooooo many yoga options nowadays it is easy to get lost in a world of mats and leggings. So, keep reading and find your match!
Ashtanga: Perfect for physical-challenge seekers
Flow rapidly from pose to pose with every inhale and exhale, or a vinyasa as ashtangis call it, as you make progress through six strenuous poses. It is designed for toning the body and building core strength, so be prepared to break a sweat.
Aero-yoga: Acrobatic fun!
Defy gravity and work your strength and flexibility through well-defined and precise movements. This practice generally uses a swing to aid you in getting into each pose. You will focus a lot on breathing, strength and increasing your flexibility and equilibrium, so you’ll have to maintain your focus throughout the whole class if you don’t want to end up in the floor.
Vinyasa: For the hyperactive type
Also called Power Yoga, Vinyasa is an athletic style of yoga that aims to appeal to aerobic-crazed westerns, so it is more active and aerobical than traditional yoga. As opposed to Ashtanga, Vinyasa doesn’t stick to the same sequence of poses, but depends on the teacher, so you’ll have to find the teaching style that suits you.
Iyengar: For the purists and detailed-oriented
Also called furniture-yoga, this yoga focuses on perfect and precise alignment, using blocks, straps and other props to get into perfect positions. So if you are a perfectionist looking to improve your posture and alignment, this yoga is for you.
Restorative: Deep relaxation
Four to five simple poses will take you up to 20 minutes, using props like blankets and lavender eye pillows to help you get as relaxed as possible. It will make you feel renovated, as long as you don’t fall asleep in the process. Yes, that’s exactly how relaxed you’ll be.
Kundalini means the “serpent energy” stored in your body. That’s right, according to this practice we all have an energy supply stored at the base of our spine, waiting to be awaken and pulsed up through our body. So, that is precisely what Kundalini is all about: invigorating poses that change constantly to release your inner energy.
Yin Yoga: Patience and meditation
Also called Taoist yoga, this is a quiet and meditative practice that focuses on lengthening tissues through passive and long poses. Not only will you be increasing your flexibility, but practicing patience and meditation as well. Ideally, it is meant to be complemented with muscle-forming types of yoga, such as Ashtanga or Iyengar for optimal results.