What Yoga Class is Right For Me?

Are you a yoga newbie? Trying to decipher the studio schedule can be baffling. And that’s often an understatement. Luckily, there’s a yoga class out there for everyone and every body. Here’s a quick guide to have you booking your first class in no time. 

 

Ashtanga:  Expect a similar sequence in each class with vigorous and gymnastic like transitions between poses. 

Vinyasa/Power/Flow: These terms are used interchangeably for sweaty and faster moving classes. Best for those already familiar with the basic poses and who are seeking a workout.

Hatha: A garden variety term for yoga, expect moderate to low intensity. A good class for beginners or those returning to yoga. 

Iyengar: Detailed, slow instructions, lots of props (blocks, straps, bolsters, etc.) and plenty of teacher demos. Great for students wanting to master or return to the basics.

Gentle/Therapeutic: Expect a mild and slow class with lots of time on the floor. Great for older, injured, or just plain burnt out students.

Restorative: Wiped out and need a nap? In this class you’ll cuddle up on bolsters and get a serious recharge. And if you think you’re above a restorative class, think again—you’ll be surprised at just how much you need a reset every once in a while.

Prenatal: Great for anyone who is pregnant, prenatal yoga is a great way to prepare for childbirth and may even promote good health for a newborn baby.

Bikram/Hot: A  hot yoga style, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 35–42 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40% The heat forces the heart to beat faster, which advocates say provides a better cardiovascular workout and burns more calories. 

 

Remember all  teacher shares his/her own take on the yoga tradition, so these class descriptions are a general guide. To find out more simply ask members of your local community or perhaps speak to one of the teachers at your local gym to see what suits you best and what you would like to achieve from the classes. 

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