Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Hot Yoga? Yin Yoga? Vinyasa Flow? Goat Yoga? Which one would you chose?
If you're new to yoga, the different types of classes can be very confusing to choose between. The last thing you want is to get to the class and feel out of your depth.
This guide will aim to dispel all those fears and ensure you join in the right class for you.
If you join a class and you don't like it, don't let this put you off yoga for good! Try a different class, or even a different teacher, until you find a class your feel comfortable in.
With that said, let’s go through the yoga classes we offer and who they are best for. There's a video below each type so you can see the types of poses that are in each class.
Hatha yoga is probably the best place to start if you're a beginner.
Hatha yoga will give you a solid base to learn from as it's all about the basics. It is a gentle, slower class that will focus on static postures that you will be required to hold for a few breaths.
But don't think it's going to be plain sailing. Hatha is a great introduction to yoga but it can still be challenging, both physically and mentally.
The class should provide you with an opportunity to unwind and stretch. Releasing tension from your body after a busy day.
If you go into a hatha class and it feels too slow or not active enough, you may be looking for some of the options below.
Best for: Beginners. With its slower pace hatha is a great class if you're new to yoga.
As the name suggests and in contrast to Hatha, Vinyasa Flow is all about continuous movement. The movement is also linked to your breathing. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next.
You also won’t stay in each pose for very long. The pace can often be quick, so expect your heart rate to rise.
Vinyasa allows for a lot of variety but will almost always include sun salutations. Expect to move, sometimes vigorously, from pose to pose.
If you appreciate having things a little loose and unpredictable, this style is definitely worth a try.
Best for: Ideal for those looking to work up a sweat. Runners, athletes and regular exercisers will enjoy Vinyasa. Mainly because of its faster pace and continuous movements.
You will sweat!
A Bikram Yoga class is one of the easiest to prepare for. It's a set yoga sequence of 26 moves which every yoga studio will follow. If you've been to a class before you should know exactly what to expect.
Bikram Yoga is a form of hot yoga and it's important to note that all Bikram classes are practised in a heated room to around 30 degrees Celsius.
The poses are beginner friendly, however the added humidity will make them harder to do than normal.
Don't forget to bring a towel and water. Maybe an extra t-shirt as well.
Best for: If you prefer a set routine. Suitable for beginners, but remember to rest if you need to.
Hot yoga is similar to Bikram in that it’s practiced in a heated room. But teachers aren’t constrained by the 26-pose Bikram sequence.
You won't know what to expect as the teacher goes through her poses.
Best For: Those who want to really work up a sweat! If you prefer different poses to a set routine, this is the one for you.
The main aim of Yin yoga is to stretch the connective tissues around the joints to restore length and elasticity. This means that poses are held for about three to five minutes at a time.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, so again it’s great for relaxing and calming the mind.
Originally this style was developed to help those who meditate to stay in seated positions for longer. Therefore, the majority of these poses are seated.
Best for: People who need to stretch and unwind. Keep in mind, Yin yoga is not recommended for people who are super flexible.
Yin yoga can complement an already active life or help those who feel distracted by “mind chatter”.
If you have a connective tissue disorder, give this style a miss.
If you were thinking of bringing a friend or your significant other to a yoga class partner yoga could be for you.
Nearly every pose you would do in traditional yoga can have a twist added to them making them the perfect partner poses. Of course, there are specific yoga poses for 2 that are a lot more challenging.
In partner yoga you are both reliant on each other, if you take it seriously it can take your yoga to another level as you’ll be affecting their experience and progress as well.
Best For: Couples looking for a fun activity and serious yogis looking for a different challenge.