If you’re new to the world
of yoga, getting past the lingo can be a little daunting.
Hatha? Bikram? Ashtanga?
Did someone say beer and yoga? And what’s all the fuss about goat yoga?
Whilst there are many
styles to choose from, picking the right one for you can take some research.
We’ve done the hard work to help demystify the more popular types of
yoga. You’ll be ready to book in for your first class in no time!
CRACKING THE YOGA CODE
With over 5,000 years of
history behind it, more traditional forms of yoga have now morphed into the seemingly
endless number of styles we encounter today (have we mentioned doga yet).
Virtually all yoga types
will improve your strength, flexibility and balance. However, some will focus
more on aligning, strengthening or calming the body. Whether you're a beginner
or looking to take your poses to the next level, we’ve gone through a few styles
to help you pick your new favourite. Or book your tour now at Virgin Active to ask your questions directly to our staff.
ALIGN YOURSELF WITH IYENGAR, HATHA OR BIKRAM
If you’re a beginner, Hatha
is definitely the perfect starting point for you. A traditional style, Hatha incorporates
straightforward poses, breathing and meditation at an unhurried pace.
Love Hatha but want a
bit more of a challenge? Bikram Yoga may be the perfect next step. Bikram incorporates
traditional Hatha yoga (it uses the exact same 26 postures and two breathing
exercises each class) with heat. It’s practiced in a room warmed up to an
ideal 35–42 °C (get ready to sweat!). This style is designed to increase
flexibility and promote alignment in the body.
class that could be perfect for you is at Virgin Active, called Yoga Align.
Just as the name suggests, we’ve taken learnings from these yoga schools focused
on alignment and created a class that’s all about aligning your body in each
yoga pose. It’s a perfect beginner’s class while also offering a challenge for your
mind, body and soul. Book in your first class now.
FLOW YOUR BODY AND MIND WITH VINYASA, STRENGTH
OR POWER YOGA
Feel like speeding things up a bit? You’re ready to try something with
a little more flow. In a Vinyasa, Strength or Power Yoga class you’ll
focus on coordinating your movements with your breath flowing seamlessly from
one pose to the next (think
Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog).
These classes not only have the general benefits
of yoga but, also can increase your heartbeat and turn very quickly into a good
sweat sesh. You might find these classes focus a little less on zen, and a
little more on being active. Turns out chaturanga pushups are a thing.
If this feels right to you, Virgin Active offers
Yoga Strength classes, which focuses on strength and flow, challenging your
body more but also focusing on breath and mindfulness. Come see what we mean with your first class.
CALM DOWN WITH YIN, CALM OR RESTORATIVE YOGA
Ready to chill out? Yin is
definitely for you. Named
for the calmer half of the ‘yin and yang’ dynamic, this style will direct you into
sweet release poses. You’ll stay in one pose for up to five minutes to allow
for a deeper stretch and time to, well, chill.
calming style to help relieve pain and stress is Restorative Yoga. Typically involving only five or six
poses and props, this style will allow you time to really rest in the poses.
No, you won’t work up a
sweat in Virgin Active’s Yoga Calm classes but, you will sink into peaceful relaxation.
Go ahead, set aside time for you, to listen to your yoga teacher’s calming voice
and finally. Just. Relax. Book in now for your next zen time here.
READY TO PICK YOUR
you’re more familiar with different yoga styles, it’s time to hit the mat. At
Virgin Active, we’ve made yoga classes easy by grouping our most popular
classes into three categories: Align,
Don’t be shy, come and check them out for