Yoga is a great way to relax the mind, tone up and loosen your muscles.
With so many kinds to choose from though, trying to decide on the right class can be a little daunting. Before you sign up, check out our guide to picking the form of yoga that’s best for you!
If you want… a gentle, relaxing yoga session that’ll leave you feeling calm and content
Why not try… Hatha or Iyengar yoga
These slower-paced forms of yoga are perfect for beginners. Hatha refers to any type of yoga where poses are straightforward and the pace is gentle and unhurried. Iyengar yoga focuses on alignment, and each pose is taught with lots of attention to detail. An Iyengar class may feel slow-paced and serious, but it’s great way to learn breathing techniques and to get used to certain poses before trying out other types of yoga.
If you want… an energetic yoga session that’ll tire you out and clear your head
Why not try… Vinyasa Flow or Power yoga
Vinyasa and power are perfect for heating up and loosening the muscles through constant movement. Your first class may be a little overwhelming but as you get used to the poses you will fall into step with the fast pace. The best part? Your mind will be so focused on working through the poses that you won’t have time to think about anything else. Instant relaxation!
If you want… a seriously tough workout that’ll get you sweating
Why not try… Ashtanga or Bikram yoga
These are two of the most physically demanding types of yoga, so a certain level of fitness is expected. If you feel your muscles are stiff, try a few Hatha classes first to loosen you up. Both Ashtanga and Bikram consist of strict sets of poses and the transition between poses can be faced paced. If you’re really looking to detoxify, go for Bikram – it’s performed in a heated room with 40% humidity.
If you want… to de-stress, work on mindfulness and soothe your nervous system
Why not try… Restorative yoga
Restorative yoga takes a very slow pace, with each posture supported by blankets, blocks and other tools. Each pose is held for several minutes at a time, giving both mind and body time to settle and be fully present in the moment. A great way to combine meditation and relaxation, and a good complement to other more active yoga practices.