You have heard lots about the benefits of yoga and have decided it is high time you began — but there is so much information out there on the net which is too much for you to take in.

Where do you start, how do you begin, you even struggle to understand the unusual vocabulary. All of these can scare beginners and can be quite off-putting

Here is why you shouldn't be scared. The Great thing about yoga is that there is something for everyone. Enough variety to suit different ages, body types, and activity levels. So regardless of your level of flexibility and agility, there is something for you.

With all the options available, how do you know where to begin and which you should adopt?

Don't fret, we have outlined a list of classes for the newbies in yoga and some extra tips to help you identify what your best style is.

Enough of the talk, let the classes begin.


Yoga for Beginners: The 9 Types You Need to Know


1. Hatha Yoga

If you are just starting your yoga practice, Hatha is invariably the best class for you. This is due to its slow pace and low energy requirements. Hatha, a term that refers to any yoga that teaches physical posture entails all the basics and the practice of holding every slow pose for a few breaths.


2. Vinyasa Yoga

This dance-like,quick-paced class employs the union of movements and breaths together and is well suited for individuals with a high level of activity. In these classes expect to match the sequences of your poses to beats of music and a high heart rate afterwards. This quality of Vinyasa enchants runners and endurance athletes.


3. Iyengar Yoga

Precision, alignment in a pose, balance. Elements of Iyengar Yoga. This class involves the use of various props such as blocks, ropes, blankets, and straps to help you maintain various parties for a while longer than what we have obtainable in Vinyasa. Despite being skilled in other forms of yoga, Iyengar still requires basic training to get familiar with the techniques. Iyengar is best for people fascinated about the human form, anatomy, and movement and can be performed at any age.


4. Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga routine follows strict guidelines and is fun If you love a good challenge.

It consists of a series of six distinctly ordered yoga poses. All these poses performed in the same order entail flowing and breathing through to build internal heat.

Teachers in studios are usually available to call out the poses, but with  Mysore style which is a subdivision of ashtanga, you would be required to practice on your own under the supervision of a teacher.


5. Bikram Yoga

For people who are new to yoga and love a set and predictable routine, this might catch your fancy. All Bikram studios practice the identical 90 minutes sequence which consists of a peculiar series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises practised in the room at approximately 105 degrees and humidity of  40%. Ensure you hydrate yourself and rest when needed due to the stress.


6. Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is also practised in a heated room but not limited to the 26-pose Bikram sequence. This beginner-friendly heated class is good for people who enjoy high-energy workouts. With hot yoga, it can be easy to overwork yourself, so pay attention to your stretch limit while at it.


7. Kundalini Yoga

Different from a typical yoga class,  kundalini is a physically and mentally challenging practice that involves repetitive physical exercises with intense breath activity while chanting, singing, and meditating. This focuses on the internal aspects of yoga while increasing your level of self-awareness.


8. Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a meditative practice targeted at calming the body and mind by restoring length and elasticity for your deepest connective tissue. Yin yoga is not recommended for highly flexible people for the fear of being overstretched and injured


9. Restorative Yoga

This slow-moving practice focuses on allowing individuals to experience deep relaxation. It entails a soft practice with longer holds which enables your body two into the power of the parasympathetic nervous system. This form of yoga is highly recommended for people with anxiety and those who struggle with insomnia.  All in all, anyone who deserves relaxation deserves restorative Yoga.

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Every new activity comes with a level of difficulty and you might always start clueless, but taking everything piecemeal and dedication to practising regularly makes you a master in no time. This is exactly the case with Yoga.