So after months of planning and postponing, you’re finally taking the jump and enrolling in a yoga class. But as soon as you’re ready to do that, you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of different yoga practices available. And you’re right back to procrastinating.
We know how hard it is to make decisions so we’ve brought together this guide on how to select the right type of yoga for you as a beginner.
The Different Types Of Yoga
1. Hatha Yoga — The Most Popular Type Of Yoga
‘Ha’ denotes the vital force governing your physical body and ‘tha’ denotes the mental force thus making Hatha Yoga a perfect synergy of the two energies that govern our lives. The techniques described in Hatha Yoga harmonize the body systems and focuses the mind.
It’s all about the basics in these slower moving classes that require you to hold each pose for a few breaths. Hatha is generally considered a gentler form of yoga.
If you are a beginner to yoga, Hatha yoga is a great entry point to the practice. Regardless of how old or young you are, your current level of fitness, you’ll find yourself completely at home at one of these yoga classes,
Here’s a list of the best Yoga classes in Pune to get you started off!
Credits: Ekhart Yoga
2. Ashtanga Yoga — The Hardest Form Of Yoga
In Sanskrit Ashtanga is translated as “Eight-Limb path.” It has six series of specifically sequenced yoga poses, which you’ll hold and breathe through. This generates heat inside of the body. You’ll start off with sun salutations and then move on to a series of standing and floor postures.
Some yoga studios will have a teacher calling out the poses, while the Mysore style (a subset of Ashtanga) requires you to perform it on your own, so you get more freedom and you can do it in your own pace.
You need a good yoga teacher to teach you all the moves.
So here’s a list of the best yoga teachers in Pune.
Ashtanga yoga has a very physically demanding sequence of asanas, so this style of yoga is definitely not for a beginner. It takes an experienced yogi to really love it.
Credits: Pranidhi Varshney
3. Iyengar Yoga — The Most Detailed Type Of Yoga
It was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar. It focuses on the alignment of your body as well as extremely detailed and precise movements. In an Iyengar class, students perform a variety of postures while controlling their breath. Here, you’ll focus on the nitty-gritties of every pose.
Props, like yoga blocks, blankets, ropes, and straps are used to control the range of your motion, making sure that you stay safe and never hurt yourself inadvertently.
This yoga style is really great for people with injuries who need to work slowly and methodically. Also, if you’re the kind of person that enjoys learning about small details about anatomy, form, and movement, you’re sure to love Iyengar Yoga.
4. Vinyasa Yoga — The Most Athletic Type Of Yoga
Vinyasa is the most athletic yoga style and was adapted from Ashtanga Yoga. In this type of yoga, you connect your movements and breath in a dance-like way, making it more similar to Zumba. The mudras and asanas you practice will be quick and will change frequently, so be prepared to sweat it out while your heart rate goes through the roof.
This type of yoga is best for fans of HIIT or Zumba, who like their workout sessions to be intense and highly effective from the first go. Because of the continuous movement involved, it’s also a favourite among endurance athletes.
Credits: Yoga With Adriene
5. Hot Yoga & Bikram Yoga — The Best Yoga Style For Sweat Lovers
Bikram Yoga involves a series of 26 yoga postures, with each one being performed twice around. It’s done in a room heated to about 40 degree Celsius and at least 50 percent humidity. The whole series takes about 90 minutes to complete. Hot Yoga is essentially the same, but you are not bound by the 26 asana sequence.
This type of Yoga is best if you want to sweat it out. It’s great for sweating out toxins, leading to better skin and weight loss. If you’re a hardcore sweat lover and love a workout which leaves you drenched by the end of it, this is the pick of choice for you.
Credits: Heart Alchemy Yoga with Michelle Goldstein
So, there you have it, a list of the most popular types of Yoga out there. Make your choice depending on whether you want a more physically demanding session or an easy, relaxing, meditative class. We recommend you try out a few different types initially and then choose the ones which resonate with you the most!