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There are many types of yoga…

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What types of yoga are there, anyways?

One is reminded of that old joke –

There are two types of people in the world…

  • Those who think there are two types of people.
  • Those who think there’s more than two types of people. 😛

The same is true of yoga. In the end, even if there’s many different types of yoga, they all are ways to try and help you feel better.

Q: Does The Studio Yoga have hot yoga?

A: The yoga we teach is in a warm room (around 72 degrees) instead of 90+ for a few reasons… It helps to understand why.

If you’re in a hot yoga class it can be difficult to tell in class if you’re hyper-extending or hyper-flexing joints or ligaments. You need to be very mindful of your abilities so you don’t injure yourself.

Also, for certain physical ailments like MS or Lupus, high temperatures can bring on the symptoms of that condition. We recommend that you consult with your doctor if you have a neuropathic disorder before you attend a hot yoga class.

In order to help you learn more and make a better decision about choosing a yoga studio, here’s some additional information about hot types of yoga.

In the United States, there are 3 main schools of hot yoga:

  1. Bikram – Started about 30 years ago by Bikram Choudury, this style has become popular on the west and east coast. Like Ashtanga, it’s taught as one specific sequence of poses, this one personally developed by the man himself. He’s very protective of this method (he trademarked the sequence, and has sued people who claim to teach his style). Super hot, sweaty, and vigorous, it’s become very popular on the east and west coast. If you teach this style of yoga, you can’t teach anything else at your studio (we didn’t feel this was the best answer for our students, but we can refer you to one).
  2. Hot Yoga – Similar to Bikram, Hot Yoga is a term reserved for those yoga studios that have a similar style as Bikram… Without all of the Bikram. They vary some in sequences, so they can’t call their style Bikram or Ashtanga. Typically, the room is heated to 90 degrees or more, and you’ll sweat like it’s your new hobby.
  3. Ashtanga – Popularized by Pattabhi Jois (pronounced “pah-tah-bee joyce”) in the 1970s, this style follows a very strict and specific sequence of postures. In fact, it’s the exact same sequence of poses every single class. This is a hot, sweaty, and physically demanding practice. It can only be taught by certified Ashtanga instructors. Because we have a variety of students, we don’t teach this style at The Studio.

Q: What other types of yoga are there?

A: At The Studio Yoga, we focus more on the yoga therapy aspects of yoga. There’s several styles that we try and incorporate into our classes, while still maintaining the challenge and growth you need.

In no particular order –

  • Restorative Yoga – An amazing style that uses props, bolsters, blankets, and gravity to relax you into poses (asanas).  This is one of the types of yoga that is perfect for those trying to relax. Because you use props to ease into the pose, there’s little exertion. Think of it as woking out by napping… And yes, it is just as cool as it sounds. 😉
  • Kripalu – Designed to balance the practical and accessible, Kripalu was developed to combine proper alignment, breathwork (pranayama), classic poses, and relaxation. Teachers are highly trained, and students usually feel the benefits in their first class. Kripalu teachers are GREAT at helping beginners (we happen to have a Kripalu teacher at The Studio!)
  • Heart-Centered” / Anusara – Originally developed by John Friend in 1997, Anusara has developed into a heart-centered approach: students are encouraged to utilize the practice to feel better about themselves. This practice can be a bit more vigorous, but with it’s emphasis on good alignment, assisted poses, and positivity, it’s a good approach to developing a lifelong practice.
  • Prop-based / Iyengar – BKS Iyengar was an amazing yoga guru who developed a style that puts laser-beam focus on proper alignment. Iyengar regularly uses props to help you get into the proper pose. While this practice isn’t as strenuous, you’d be amazed at the type of workout you get from holding poses for long lengths of time. Prop-based classes that help you get the right pose without staying in them for a long time are good alternatives, and we carry all the props needed.
  • Hatha / Hatha Vinyasa – Hatha is one of the more generalized types of yoga, and a good introduction to the practice. If it’s a vinyasa class, it will be more vigorous, with brisk flow of pose sequences (Vinyasa is Sanskrit for ‘flow’ after all). These classes offer a new experience almost every time, and are great if you like variety. Depending upon the level, they can be moderate to Ashtanga-levels of intense.

There’s a similar overview of yoga types available from Gaiam, which you can find by clicking here.

In the meantime, if you have any questions we can answer, feel free to reach out to us here. We’re happy to help. 🙂