Types of Yoga for Beginners

Are you thinking to go for a yoga class, finally? But then comes the real problem, are you able to differentiate between Bikram and Hatha? hot yoga and ANUSARA? Don’t worry you can read this article and find out about the different types of yoga we have nowadays.

First, let’s begin with ANUSARA and go through 8 more yoga forms.

ANUSARA is a yoga form developed by the American yogi called john friend in the year 1997. ANUSARA is a newly developed form of yoga on the belief that was all filled with natural goodness. ANUSARA uses the physical yoga practice and helps students experience the grace, shine through their inner goodness and open their heart.

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ASTANGA is based on the ancient teachings of yoga.  It was made popular and was brought to the west by K.Pattabhi in the 1970s. it contains 6 poses you will be flowing and breathing through each and every pose to build up internal heat. ASTANGA yoga teacher training in India is a bit similar to vinyasa yoga. It has a series of asanas [poses] each one is only held for five breaths and is punctuated by a half sun salutation [half Surya namaskar] for keeping up the pace.


This is an awesome yoga form linking the movement of your body with the breath in a way of dance. In this class, the teachers will be playing music matching the beat and sequences of the poses. The teachers will be leading through the poses continuously without stopping a bit. In this way, the learners will get a good workout as well as an experience in yoga. Some of the studios call the vinyasa yoga as flow yoga, flow-style yoga, dynamic yoga, its real name vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa is a Sanskrit phrase its translation into English is “to place in a special way”.


IYENGAR yoga and ASTANGA yoga has been developed in the same lineage. The names of the persons who developed these styles are BKS. Iyengar and Pattabhi. Both of them were taught by Tirumala Krishnamacharya. Most of the asanas [poses] are the same in IYENGAR and ASTANGA but their beginning is different. If you are trying to the subtitles of correct alignments then IYENGAR yoga is one for you. IYENGAR yoga can be practiced at age and is good for those with injuries. There is not much jumping in the IYENGAR yoga so it will not raise your heartbeat. But you will be amazed when you see how challenging it is both physically and mentally.


Hatha yoga is a generic word with a meaning of “any type of yoga teaches physical postures”. Hatha yoga is the most taught yoga in the west. Mostly you will not sweat when you’re leaving the class but be relaxed, feel longer and looser and hatha yoga is a very gentle yoga class. Its all about how perfect you are in your basics in this slower-moving class.  You must hold each pose for a few breaths. Hatha yoga is a gentle physical practice. It is best for beginners because of its slower-moving poses. Hatha is the best class for those who are starting to learn yoga. The ASTANGA, IYENGAR, POWER YOGA are all hatha yoga. The word Hatha can be translated in many ways will full, forceful, a yoga of activity, sun[ha] and moon [tha].


In the 1970s a person named Bikram Choudhury an Indian yogi developed the school of yoga where classes were taken in rooms artificially heated to 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity.  Every Bikram studio practices the same poses for 90 minutes. If you go to a Bikram class you will sweat as you have never before as you work through 26 different poses which will make your body full of sweat. And these poses also stretch and strengthen your muscles and compress and rinse the organs of your body. just like the ashtanga a Bikram class follows the same sequence asanas or poses. But only the sequence of Bikram is different from the one of Ashtanga. Bikram class can be the favorite of one who likes to sweat.


Restorative yoga is an effective way to relax and soothe frayed nerves and heals the brain and body with simple poses for 20 minutes. Restorative yoga is very similar to yin yoga. Blocks, blankets, bolsters and other props are used in these classes to allow students to go into their passive poses so that their body can feel the benefits of the particular pose without any effort. Most of the studios and gyms offer restorative classes every Friday night. Restorative yoga is more recharging than a nap.


The yoga which awakes energy in your spine is kundalini yoga. This yoga includes meditation, breathing techniques which contain alternate nostril breathing, chanting, as well as yoga poses. These postures are done with intense breathwork.  These physically and mentally challenging practices look a bit different from your typical yoga classes. It is good for the one searching for spiritual practice and wanting something more than a workout.  They can enjoy kundalini yoga because it even concentrates on inspirational energy, breathwork, meditation. The goal of this yoga is to release the untapped energy, bringing you a higher level of self -awareness, to break through the internal barriers.


Yin yoga is a form of yoga which came from the Taoist tradition.  It focuses on seated postures and targets on the connective tissues in the hip, pelvis and lower spine.  These poses are done from between 1 to 10 minutes. The aim of yin yoga is to increase flexibility and also encourage the feeling of release. This yoga is an awesome way to learn the basics of meditation and still mind.  It is good for the one who is willing to relax. This yoga is not recommended for super flexible people and even for people who have a connective tissue disorder.

So these are the nine types of yoga for beginners.  Give a try to these nine different types of yoga styles and get super fit and healthy.

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