There are so many different types of yoga classes. So which one should you choose?
All yoga classes can help you to become more mindful, more aware of your breath and body and bring you a sense of relaxation and calm. However, the various types of practices can be quite different in their approach. For example, if you attend a restorative class and spend most of it lying down on props and bolsters to open the body gently and calm the mind, yet you were expecting a free flowing vinyasa style class, you may be disappointed.
Physically challenging practices:
Ashtanga - a structured set of poses performed in the same order.
Vinyasa - a dynamic, moving class although every class is different.
Power Yoga - basically just another word for a vinyasa practice.
Bikram - a fixed sequence of 26 postures performed in a room at high temperatures.
Hot Yoga - can be any style of yoga performed in a hot room (usually Hatha (holding the poses) or vinyasa (flowing)
More relaxing and stress relieving practices:
Hatha - a general term for yoga but on a yoga timetable it usually means the practice will be slower and focus on holding the poses for several breaths.
Restorative - a slower, more relaxed class which generally uses props such as blocks and bolsters.
Yin Yoga - a slow paced practice that involved holding each pose for 3-5 minutes. The focus is on stretching fascia, ligaments and tendons as opposed to strength work.
Beginners Yoga - normally a hatha class that provides extra technique instruction and begins with simple, foundation poses.
If you have any more questions about particular yoga class - leave a comment below and I'll get back to you :)