Which yoga style is right for me?

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?

1. I want to ease into yoga.

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.

2. I want a workout.

Get ready to sweat! A power yoga class will have your heart pumping and get you to work on your core and build muscle. Power yoga is fast-paced and invigorating. At Satya Yoga, we combine it with deep stretching so that you work on flexibility as well as fitness.

Yoga teacher in studio

3. I want to take a yoga deep-dive.

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.

4. I want to breathe.

Yoga teacher in pose chaturanga
Vinyasa yoga is all about breath and flow! Every movement you take is connected with your inhale and exhale. Vinyasa classes can be anything from very energetic to a relaxing slow flow and the sequence of poses is left to the creativity of the teacher.

5. I want to build discipline.

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.

6. I want to relax

Need to rest? Yin yoga is a passive and meditative form of yoga, done entirely on the floor. Classes are very accessible, even for complete beginners. Props help you stay in the poses for longer intervals than in other styles, leading to deep release and relaxation.
Teacher in yoga pose

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!

If you are in the Basel area then stop by our studio for a trial week. You can try all our class styles and get to know our teachers. 

Categories: Yoga styles

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