So you decided to give yoga a try and you checked out class schedules from a few studios. Some types of class pop up everywhere: vinyasa and hatha abound. Others seem a bit less common, such as Iyengar or Ashtanga. What’s the difference? And which yoga style is right for you?
Well, that depends. What do you want from a yoga class?
Try a hatha class! This is a slower-paced style that will relax and refresh you. The teacher will guide you gently through the poses and help you become more aware of your body and breathing.
An Iyengar yoga teacher will take you through every detail of alignment in a pose. You’ll be aware of what each part of your body is doing and you’ll stay in the poses longer than in some other styles. This form of yoga was developed by B. K. S. Iyengar, a prominent teacher and author of several books on yoga.
Developed by K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga classes follow set sequences of poses. The sequences are physically challenging and plenty of dedication is required of the student to master a full series.
Yoga can be many things to different people: what you discover in your first session is only the beginning. So are you ready for your first class? Try a few styles, see what you like, and enjoy discovering yoga!