You thought yoga was just one simple exercise class, right? Well, it turns out there are so many different types of yoga to choose from.

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From heated to power, from spiritual to secular, how are you supposed to know which yoga class is the right one for you?

We're here to help you match yourself to your perfect yogi style, so you don't accidently wander into fusion hip hop/ yoga hour...


Are you after that relaxed feeling and peaceful mind that yoga is know for?

Historically, 'hatha' yoga is used to describe any of the practices of yoga, but don't let that confuse you.

Nowadays, hatha is usually used to describe a gentle restorative class.

If you're a curious yogi but yet to actually attend a real class, hatha is a good place to start.

Expect a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation.


You might have already heard of bikram. This yoga style is going through a bit of a trend at the moment.

Practiced in a heated room, all bikram beginners classes consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises.

You might think this sounds a little intense, you would be right it definitely is!

The heat of the room causes you to sweat out unhealthy toxins during each ninety minute class, with some people believing that it leads to a higher rate of calories burned.

Many people who feel like normal yoga classes are a little slow love bikram for its endurance aspect. It gives you that super refreshed and detoxed feeling they got at every class.

We just advise you to take a big bottle of water, you'll get thirsty real fast!


Looking for something even more chill than normal yoga? What about yoga with lots of pillows, cushions and blankets?

Iyengar yoga is pretty modern in its use of props to create alignment in practice, before participants have properly learnt the correct technique.

All the fluffy props don't mean that this is a easy form of yoga however.

Iyengar is very strict on its emphasis on correct posture and technique compared to other yoga styles.

This means that Iyengar is known to be great for curing chronic pains and aches.


The more popular name for this style is 'power yoga,' as well as sometimes simply being called 'flow'.

Classes are based around a series of poses synchronised with the breath that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling, with a smoothly flowing and almost dance-like style.

A well known sequence in vinyasa yoga is the 'sun salutation'. This sequence is a great place for beginners to start and give this yoga style a go.

Great for anyone who fancies a more aerobic and active yoga class.


Some people are more interested in the mental benefits of yoga, rather than the physical.

Those people may found themselves very interested in Kundalini.

This yoga practice focuses mainly on self awareness and attaining and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness

All classes focuses heavily on breathing and some more traditional classes include chanting.

If you're wanting the full experience of yoga-inspired mindfulness, Kundalini is the one.


If you love surfing, snowboarding, climbing and all the other Type-A, high energy sports, then get yourself straight into an ashtanga yoga class.

This type of yoga is usually the most active, with lots of repetition and high intensity movement.

Unlike most exercise classes, high intensity doesn't mean loud. Some ashtanga classes don't even have music, just the instructor calling out poses, often in Sanskrit.

Before going to an ashtanga class, make sure you do a little research and find out whether you should learn the routine first or if you can learn it during the class.