I was having a conversation recently with some family and they had no idea that there were different types of yoga. I am so immersed in the culture that I forget it is a totally foreign practice to a lot of people. There are different benefits to different kinds of yoga that a studio may offer. Here are a few common types you may hear about.
Anusara yoga: this form of yoga was only developed in the late 90s by an American yogi named John Friend. This type of yoga focuses on opening the hearts of the students and letting their inner goodness shine through. This yoga tends to be rigorous and focuses on John Friend’s Universal Principles of Alignment.
Vinyasa yoga: This type of yoga is popular for its fluid movements and intensive practice. This is a very common type of yoga where teachers will lead their classes smoothly from pose to pose. These classes also promote focusing on aligning your breath with your movement.
Hot Yoga: Hot yoga is an increasingly popular form of yoga where the practice is performed in very hot conditions (typically 90-108 degrees fahrenheit). One of the physical benefits of this practice is that warmup times are much lower due to the heat in the studio. Although the practice can be physically exhausting, yoga practitioners swear by the physical, mental, and spiritual results.
I personally practice Vinyasa yoga and am honestly terrified of Hot Yoga. I sweat enough in my class without the added incentive. There are other types that I’d love to delve into as I learn and grow in my own practice. Any recommendations on what I should try next?