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A Guide to Yoga

We’ve all heard of Yoga and the amazing benefits that it offers, but how can you tell which Yoga class is right for you?

Posted on

21 September 2016

Last updated on 26 July 2017
A Guide to Yoga
With a well-deserved reputation, Yoga classes have gained a massive interest for its calming and stress-relieving elements.

To decide which type of Yoga is best for your mind and body, it's important that you understand the different types of Yoga classes and their benefits. 

We have broken down a list to help you understand the benefits of some of the most popular types of Yoga for the die-hard Yogi to the Yogi in-the-making.

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Hatha Yoga


Hatha Yoga challenges the mind and body by using gentle movements that force your body into a new form.

The word Hatha can be translated as ‘force,’ due to the impactful movements that help the body reach new heights and abilities.

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Bikram Yoga


This intense 90 minute Yoga class combines 26 different poses in temperature controlled room of 40 degrees Celsius and 40% humidity.

Bikram Yoga uses poses that are inspired through postures and alignments that are sure to challenge you both mentally and physically.

Vinyasa Yoga


Another common type of Yoga, this style is one of the most popular Yoga style in the United States. Known as Vinyasa flow, this style of Yoga uses mild body movements to swiftly adjust from one pose to the next.

If it sounds easy, we beg to differ.

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Kindalini Yoga


This type of Yoga focuses on the back, lower spine and core areas.

This particular type of exercise is considered intense particularly for beginners, due to its exertion on sensitive body parts. 

Ashtanga Yoga


One of the more intense practices of Yoga, this style has been widely recognized as ‘Power Yoga,’ and is known for its physically demanding elements.

If you’re a beginner, you may want to hold off on Ashtanga until you are physically ready for this type of exertion.

Iyengar Yoga


A great source for physical therapy, Iyengar is a unique style of Yoga that uses blocks, harnesses and other types of props during class.

Similar to Bikram Yoga, Iyengar Yoga focuses on the alignment of the body.

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Anusara Yoga


This practice of Yoga was recently developed to relax one of the most important muscles in the human body- the heart.

The instructor will talk you through various poses during the class, to help strengthen and relax this cardiac muscle.

Restorative Yoga


Focusing on relaxation and stress relieve, Restorative Yoga focuses on breathing and relaxation.

This style of Yoga concentrates on mental focus and practice.

Jivamukti Yoga


Influenced by Vinyasa, Jivamukti consists of a combination of a vegetarian lifestyle adjustment and chanting along, with a blend of Vinyasa flow.

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Prenatal Yoga


Becoming more popular today than ever before, expecting mothers have been joining the prenatal Yoga classes to exercise their muscles without having to using a physically demanding force.

This style of Yoga is meant to help and calm the moms-to-be as they trek through their new journey of life.

There are also a variety of different core workouts and breathing practices that’s sure to help during the delivery time and postnatal care.