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Hatha is a generic term that encompasses any type of yoga involving physical postures. The majority of yoga taught in the western world is Hatha & classes usually comprise of a gentle set of postures (asanas) aimed at promoting relaxation & loosening the body. It is best suited to those who want to ease themselves into yoga fitness & begin to understand the connection between the mind & body.
Within Iyengar yoga, a lot of emphasis is placed on correctly aligning the body during every pose, so it requires concentration & attention to detail. Props are often used to better enable you to hold the exact position. In general, it isn’t overly physically demanding but can be quite mentally taxing as you strive to perfect each asana. Due to the slow & careful nature of this style, it’s a great choice for anyone with limited ability as a result of an injury or health condition.
RESTORATIVE+ YIN YOGA
If you’re after peace & relaxation, these are for you. Sessions involve holding asanas for three to five minutes, which increases circulation in the joints & improves flexibility. Props are used to make it a comfortable & calming practice. Restorative yoga focuses on grounding and compression whilst Yin is about opening and release.
VINYASA - FLOW YOGA
This style involves mastering smooth transitions from posture to posture & is similar in intensity to Ashtanga yoga. One of the main differences between the two is that Vinyasa doesn’t follow a strict series of poses & it’s unlikely that any two classes will ever be the same. This is a good type of yoga for people who want to challenge their bodies but are prone to boredom & want to keep things interesting.
This is similar to Bikram yoga but the asanas are not the same. As the name suggests, the room will be heated & you’ll be sweltering as you work your way through the session. Warm yoga might be better for those looking for a slightly more relaxed environment than that of Bikram.