Styles of Yoga
One of MintnHoney’s favorite styles, this type of yoga flows in a natural progression, allowing the body to move with each breath. Starting either in a seated or standing position, the yoga poses build on each other to allow a good workout/stretch, de-stressing of the mind, and incorporate core yoga poses in a sequence. Read more from Yoga Journal here.
A calm, gentle yoga class where you hold the poses for 3-5 minutes, relaxing into the pose and allowing yourself to de-stress. In a typical yin class, only a handful of poses will be practiced, and you will be able to meditate (or just be still) throughout the class. Check out this article from The Guardian that highlights the benefits of Yin.
Using the same poses as Yin, this class brings props into the poses to help you modify/relax. I prefer this style in my home practice because I can use my bolster, blocks (And blanket, I get cold!) to relax into the poses and clear the mind. This article from Basic Yoga explains the differences between Yin and Restorative.
Exactly like what it sounds, hot yoga is yoga that is done in HEAT! Trending now is a fusion type of class in a 95-105 degree room that is designed to sweat, tone, and be hot. Fusion classes like vinyasa/ashtanga and even yin (this is debated if it’s a good idea to do since in Yin you can overstretch your muscles in a heated room, FYI) are all types of classes you can see in a hot yoga class. Personally, I’m not a fan of Bikram yoga (also hot yoga) because I don’t think that his values align with the yogi world. This article from Very Well Fit breaks down the differences of hot yoga and Bikram nicely.
One of the most popular forms that’s trending, power yoga is a fast paced vinyasa style class that is an amazing workout. The poses can be more advanced (although a good teacher will offer modifications for beginners). Touching a little bit on some Ashtanga poses, this class will make you sweat, smile, and tone the body. For more info check out this article from Very Well Fit.
This style of yoga focuses on energy and higher levels of consciousness (a little hippie woo woo ). Certain yoga poses are repeated rapidly while maintaining deep breathes to create more energy and draw you into a deeper level of awareness. For more information, check out this article from RYK Yoga.
This is an advanced form of yoga that follows a rigorous routine. Following the eight limbs of yoga, this practice will definitely make you sweat, de-stress, and get an amazing workout. Discover more here from this article from Ashtanga Yoga.
One of Emily Rae’s favorite! classes. Wine yoga combines sipping wine (out of a plastic sippy cup of course, lid and straw a must!), while practicing yoga poses. It’s a fun, interactive class focused on relaxing, light stretching, and of course, enjoying some vino.
This yoga is held on a paddleboard out on the water! For those of you that love outdoor yoga, this is a must try. You will be challenged, enjoy feeling confident conquering poses on a board, and if you fall in, it’s refreshing!