Yoga for Beginners: The 9 Types You Need to Know
All the basics. Gentler. “Hatha” means any yoga that practices physical postures. Slower
BEST FOR: Beginners (slower pace)
Links movement and breath together. Pace is quick, no lingering. Heart rate will rise.
BEST FOR: Intense exercisers, runners, endurance athletes
Nit-picky. About precision, detail, and your body’s alignment in each pose. Yoga blocks, blanks, straps and ropes wall are all used. Each pose is held for a period of time.
BEST FOR: Detail-oriented yogis. Those with injuries.
NOTE: If new to Iyengar start with level one class to familiarize yourself with the technique.
Challenging and orderly — same poses, same order, every class. Some have a teacher leading, some you perform the series on your own.
BEST FOR: Perfectionists.
A.K.A. “Hot yoga”. 26 poses, two breathing exercises, 105 degree heat, 40% humidity. Same practice every time.
BEST FOR: Amateurs. Predictable sequence makes it easy to follow.
6. Hot Yoga
Similar to Bikram but you aren’t constrained to the 26-pose sequence.
BEST FOR: Sweat lovers.
Repetitive physical exercises coupled with intense breath work while chanting, singing, and meditating. Very different from typical yoga.
BEST FOR: Those wanting a spiritual practice — people wanting more than just a workout.
8. Yin Yoga
Meditative practice where poses are held for several minutes at a time.
BEST FOR: Those who need to stretch and unwind.
NOTE: Not for super flexible individuals or people with connective tissue disorder.
Mellow and slow-moving. Meant to give your body a chance to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system.
BEST FOR: Everyone, especially those who have a hard time slowing down, and ATHLETES on recovery days.