When it comes to health and fitness, nothing is ever one-size-fits-all—even more so when it’s something as specific as yoga. Starting out with the practice might get a little bit confusing, but we’re here to tell you that yoga shouldn’t be intimidating at all! With all the benefits yoga brings for both body and mind, we recommend trying it out before shutting your doors on the practice.
If you chance upon its different kinds and formats, don’t be afraid to try them all out! Or, if you’re looking for a quick fix to see which type you would like, we’ve made it easier for you with our list of 9 kinds of yoga for 9 kinds of people. After all, different strokes for different folks, right?
Best for: those looking for a challenge
What it is: The most athletic yoga style, Vinyasa which means ‘to place in a special way,’ focuses on one’s coordination between breath and movements.
Best for: those looking to start their yoga practice
What it is: Slower-paced than more advanced yoga styles, Hatha places its focus on breathing while doing poses. Hatha is also a sanskrit term for poses done in yoga.
We recommend: Teacher Ivy’s Beginner Hatha Yoga
Best for: those looking to mix things up
What it is: Budokon combines animal flow, martial arts, yoga, and calisthenics to improve your quadrupedal movement mobility and strength.
Best for: expectant mothers
What it is: Safe for pregnant women and their babies, Prenatal Yoga involves stretching, clearing of the mind, and breathwork. It’s much like other childbirth-preparation classes, and is a good way for expectant mothers to stay active.
Best for: those looking to tone and strengthen their muscles
What it is: A low impact, bodyweight form of strength training, it works to tone your arms, legs, and core through flows and sequences.
Best for: those looking to boost range of motion
What it is: Mobility and flexibility are two different concepts. What Yoga for Mobility aims to achieve is to improve how much you can move, while still having control over your movements.
We recommend: Teacher Kitkat’s Yoga Mobility Flow
Best for: those recovering from injuries and those on active recovery days
What it is: Perfect for days you want to take it easy, Yoga for Recovery eases you into working out again, stretches out tired muscles and joints, and keeps you moving even on rest days.
Best for: those who like to let the music move them
What it is: A special REBEL 3-part series, Yoga + Beats incorporates heavy beats to get you moving and flowing through sequences. These flows target your legs, arms, and core strength, while improving your mobility too.
Best for: those who work from home and those with limited space
What it is: Chair Yoga allows you to keep active while staying in your seat most, if not all of the time. It makes use of a chair to support you through poses and sequences, and is also a great type of yoga for those recovering from injuries and intense workouts.
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