Which Style of Yoga Is Right for You?

Inspired by a friend who got in shape or someone on Instagram who looks calm and serene posing for an Asana?? You might be completely convinced about the various benefits of yoga but choosing the right yoga class can be very confusing, specially with the variety of classes being offered these days. Different yoga styles suit different people, which is why i have summarised 6 common types so you can chose easily.

HATHA

Hatha Yoga is an umbrella term which actually encomppasses all yoga styles including Ashthanga, Vinyasa etc. but usually Hatha classes focus more on geometry and alignment of each Asana itself. Longer posture holds and deep breathing exercises not only makes it a physical experience but a meditative one too.

Who Is It Suitable for?

Beginners, Anyone looking for a more gentle and holistic style of yoga.

ASHTHANGA

Ashthanga classes comprise of a series of poses executed in swift succession, combined with deep, controlled breathing. These are fixed sequences designed to be done step by step, focusing on three stages of Asanas- Entry, Stay & Exit/Transition while focusing on inhalation and exhalation of the breath. This is a more physically and mentally engaging form of Yoga in comparison to Hatha Yoga, so be prepared to sweat a lot by the end of the class.

Who Is It Suitable for?

Anyone looking for a structured workout routine which can be practised easily and repeatedly at home.

VINYASA

In Vinayasa you don’t flow the same routines. Routines can be changed by the instructor every time, Adding or Subtracting Asanas from it. Vinaysa classes are more fun and creative as compared to their counterparts. Involving music with catchy beats and use of props sometimes. It uses fundamentals of Asanas and Breathing done in continuous repetition to create a flow.

Who Is It Suitable for?

Anyone looking for a more cardio centric practice , which is fun upbeat and makes you sweat it out.

KUNDALINI

Kundalini is used to Awaken and activate dormant energy force called Kundalini. It is through the ascension of this energy force that we can open our Chakras and unlock the subtle powers within each of them. As the Kundalini rises we also rise in the spiritual realm of consciousness, with the ultimate aim to achieve Samadhi/Moksha/Nirvana and truly be one with the universe. For some it becomes a healer of trauma and pain, while for some it is a great source of ecstasy and bliss. Kundalini Yoga classes consist of Kriyas which are an amalgmation of Yoga Asanas, Breathing Techniques, Chanting and Bandhas. Though not very physical these classes many times open spiritual leading to

Who Is It Suitable for?

Anyone looking for a deeper spiritual practice.

IYENGER

Iyenger is another extension of Hatha Yoga, focusing heavily on detail, precision and alignment of each Asana, as well as Pranayama. Poses are held for extended periods of time, while the teacher makes minor adjustments to your Asanas to get the perfect geometry. Classes are slow but very strenuous as it requires great muscle strength and will power to stay in one Asana for such extended time period. But this is also the reason why it yields maximum results for the practitioner.

Who Is It Suitable for?

Experienced yogis looking to perfect their Asanas.

YIN

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas  that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. For beginners, asanas may be held from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more. The sequences of postures are meant to stimulate the channels of the subtle body known as meridians in Chinese medicine and as nadis in Hatha Yoga.

It is perfectly suited for people who are already engaged in some sort of physical excercise like running, cycling, or weight-lifting (known as yang  activities)as yin helps to balance the body and mind. Yin classes are known to be relaxing and restorative, so be prepared to hold postures, breathe deeply, and practise in absolute silence.

Who Is It Suitable for?

Anyone looking for a slow, meditative type of yoga that helps to unwind and de-stress.

7 thoughts on “Which Style of Yoga Is Right for You?

      1. Yoga is a dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates serenity and harmony for our soul.
        It’s not just repetition of few postures, it’s more about the exploration and discovery of subtle energies of our life! 😇🧘‍♀️

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