Dec 30

8 of the most common different types of yoga

Namaste, beautiful people.

I hope you’re all having a beautiful week and are relaxed and ready for Christmas and the New Year.  I’ve just finished all my Christmas shopping and have been looking online for some great yoga pants.  I came across some cheap second hand yoga pants online at http://www.cheap.forsale/yoga-pants.

Today on my sports and fitness blog I wanted to share with you the many different types of Yoga.  There are so many variations on yoga which if you’re not used to yoga can be very intimidating.  The variations in yoga can also be the difference between a class you love or a class you hate.  

Types of Yoga.


To find out which Yoga class suits you best maybe consider heading to a yoga retreat where you should be able to test out many different types of yoga hands on.


  1. Anusara

    Anusara Yoga was developed in the late 90’s by an American Yogi named John Friend.  It’s still relatively new and classes are more common across the pond in the U.S. but are becoming more and more popular everyday.  This type of Yoga is regularly described as a pure form of yoga, and is meant to be more accepting and heartfelt.  Students in Anusara classes are asked to express themselves in each pose to their best ability.  Classes in Anusara Yoga are great for both the body and mind.


  2. Ashtanga

    Ashtanga Yoga is based on ancient yoga teaching.  In the 1970’s it was brought over to the West by Pattabhi Jois.  There are 6 pose sequences – the primary series, second series, third series, fourth series, fifth series and sixth series.  Each pose is accompanied by an inhale and followed by an exhale.  Linking the series of poses to each breath is known as vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga is a form of Vinyasa yoga.  AShtanga yoga is fast paces and each pose is held for a short period of time.  

  3. Bikram

    One of the more popular forms of Yoga in the Uk, and one you will find in nearly every Yoga studio.  Invented by Bikram Choudhury in the 80’s, Bikram Yoga is a hot yoga performed in a sauna like room.  The temperature is turned up to a hot 105 degrees, with a humidity of nearly 40%.  Working your way through a series of 26 yoga poses, each bikram class will follow the same sequence, similarly to Ashtanga yoga – although the sequence is very different!  Be prepared to sweat, and to sweat a lot.

  4. Hatha

    Hatha is a term which simply refers to any form of yoga that teaches the physical poses.  So by definition it encompasses nearly all of the different yoga types that you will regularly come across in the U.K.  for example Anusara, Ashtanga and Bikram are all types of Hatha Yoga.  If a class markets itself as a Hatha Yoga class then it’s normally a basic and classical form of Yoga.  Most probably based on the breathing exercises and poses that are standard in yoga.


  5. Hot Yoga.

    In concept Hot Yoga is very similar to Bikram.  However if a class markets itself as being Hot Yoga rather than Bikram it will be because it doesn’t 100% follow the Bikram Yoga sequence.  Bikram Yoga, somewhat controversially can only be called Bikram when the poses are taught in the exact same way Bikram Choudhry would.  Studios have been sued for calling themselves Yoga without following the same sequence.  Ouch.

  6. Iyengar

    Iyengar Yoga is a form of purist Yoga.  It is about making sure that each pose is performed accurately and that you have the proper alignment in each pose.  To do this Iyengar yoga classes will provide you with yoga props to help you get into pose.  Yoga blocks, blankets, straps and chairs are all common and will be utilised.  Unlike other Yoga classes you won’t be moving around in between poses very quickly, so your heart rate won’t peak as much, however your muscles will still be strained to perform each other.  It’s not easy, but is a great place to start if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.  

  7. Prenatal

    Prenatal Yoga is, as you can assume, a form of yoga adapted for pregnant women.  Each pose has been carefully chosen to help women through each stage of pregnancy, as well as post-birth and can be a great way to help your muscles stay strong throughout and maintain a great amount of energy and strength throughout.  


  8. Vinyasa

    Another form of yoga from the 1980’s brought over to the west.  Vinyasa yoga is a form of athletic and higher paced yoga which was adapted from Ashtanga yoga.   Unlike Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa doesn’t follow the same sequence pattern each time, although the general feel should be similar.   Vinyasa is Sanskrit and can be translated to form the phrase ‘To place in a special way’.  Often accompanied with music, Vinyasa yoga is great for those who prefer to be more active and hate following a set routine.  Check out some wonderful yoga CD’s available at www.cheap.forsale/

    Learn more about the different forms of Yoga here; http://www.artofliving.org/yoga.

I hope this has helped anyone interested in getting into yoga.  Remember after your workout to make yourself a great little green smoothie to re-energise!

Peace and love,