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Ever wondered what the different styles of Yoga are?



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Whether you're a seasoned yogi or just starting your journey, understanding the different styles of yoga can help you find the perfect practice for your needs and preferences. Let's explore some of the most popular styles of yoga, so you can discover which one resonates with you.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is a great starting point for beginners. It's all about the basics – think foundational poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. The pace is gentle, making it perfect for those new to yoga or anyone looking to deepen their practice. Hatha classes focus on alignment and mindfulness, helping you build strength and flexibility.

Vinyasa Yoga

If you enjoy movement and flow, Vinyasa yoga might be your match. Known for its dynamic and fluid sequences, Vinyasa connects breath with movement, creating a dance-like rhythm. Each class is unique, often set to music, and designed to keep you engaged and energized. It’s ideal for those who like a bit of variety and a good challenge.

Ashtanga Yoga

For those who thrive on structure and discipline, Ashtanga yoga offers a rigorous practice. This style follows a specific sequence of postures, synchronised with breath, and is known for its intensity and athleticism. It’s a physically demanding practice that builds strength, flexibility, and stamina over time.

Iyengar Yoga

Precision and alignment are the cornerstones of Iyengar yoga. Named after B.K.S. Iyengar, this style uses props like blocks, straps, and bolsters to help students achieve proper alignment in each pose. It's excellent for injury prevention and rehabilitation, making it suitable for all levels, especially those needing modifications and support.

Bikram or Hot Yoga

Fancy a sweaty challenge? Bikram yoga, often referred to as hot yoga, consists of 26 specific postures practiced in a heated room. The high temperature (around 105°F) helps to deepen stretches and detoxify the body through sweat. It's a rigorous practice that can boost flexibility and endurance but be prepared for the heat!

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga is a spiritual and meditative practice that focuses on awakening the energy at the base of the spine. Classes typically include dynamic breathing techniques, chanting, and postures aimed at unlocking this dormant energy. It’s a holistic approach that integrates body, mind, and spirit, perfect for those seeking a deeper connection.

Restorative Yoga

Sometimes, you just need to relax and rejuvenate. Restorative yoga is all about relaxation and recovery. Using props to support the body, poses are held for extended periods, allowing you to fully relax and release tension. It’s a gentle practice that promotes deep rest and healing, ideal for stress relief and recovery.

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga targets the connective tissues, such as ligaments, bones, and joints. Poses are held for several minutes, allowing for deep stretching and increased flexibility. This slow-paced practice is meditative and calming, providing a perfect balance to the more dynamic styles of yoga.

Power Yoga

For a more intense workout, Power yoga amps up the heat with a vigorous and fitness-based approach. It draws from Ashtanga yoga but offers more flexibility in sequences and poses. Expect a high-energy class that builds strength, flexibility, and cardio endurance. It’s great for those who enjoy a good sweat and a physical challenge.

Conclusion

There you have it – a rundown of some of the most popular yoga styles. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, a physical challenge, or a spiritual journey, there’s a yoga practice out there for you. At Wild Wood Movement, I celebrate the diversity of yoga and encourage you to explore different styles to find what resonates with your body and mind.


Ready to unroll your mat and dive in? Explore my classes in vinyasa yoga, workshops in Yin and Restorative yoga and start your journey today!


Namaste. 🙏

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