Hey Yogis – Here’s a Breakdown of the Major Types of Yoga

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Are you a new yogi who isn’t quite sure what the right yoga class is for you? Or maybe you’re a seasoned vet who’s looking to shake up your practice. Have no fear. One of the best parts about yoga is that it’s made up of so many different class types that there’s a fit for everyone. For instance, you’re probably familiar with hatha yoga, even if you’ve never heard it called by name.

“The Sanskrit term "hatha" is an umbrella term for all physical postures of yoga. In the West, hatha yoga simply refers to all the other styles of yoga (Ashtanga, Iyengar, etc.) that are grounded in a physical practice. The physical-based yoga is the most popular and has numerous styles. Hatha yoga classes are best for beginners since they are usually paced slower than other yoga styles. Hatha classes today are a classic approach to breathing and exercises. If you are brand-new to yoga, hatha yoga is a great entry point to the practice.” - MindBodyGreen

There’s also kundalini yoga, which is great for the more athletic yogi. Kundalini yoga is both spiritual and physical, and it’s all about releasing the “kundalini,” or latent female energy, trapped in your body in the lower spine. These classes are all about core work and breathing with fast-moving, intense poses. They can often also involve chanting, mantra, and meditation.

MindBodyGreen offers an excellent look at the major types of yoga in this article. The article discusses hatha and kundalini yoga, along with other types such as iyengar, ashtanga, vinyasa, bikram, and yin.

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Sydnie Lopolito