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Types of Yoga Explained

Choose a Yoga Class That Fits Your Personality

You might hear non-yogis say, "I always wanted to take yoga but it's way too hot," or, "I could never do yoga because it's way too slow." There are so many different types of yoga that whatever your personality, one style will be right for you. If you've always wanted to hop on a mat, check out the chart below to see which kind of class would best fit your personality.



Type of Yoga Personality
Ashtanga Type A, competitive with yourself, high energy, can't sit still, strict, rigid, likes order, likes knowing the right and wrong way to do things, prefers repetition, needs to move in order to de-stress
Anusara Scientific, spiritual, interested in body alignment and how your body moves internally, introspective, creative, likes to use props, in touch with your emotions
Bikram Type A, extreme, over the top, needs discipline, loves heat, loves to sweat, craves order and strictness
Iyengar Strict, rigid, interested in body alignment, likes to be told the right and wrong way to do things, likes to use props
Kripalu Easygoing, slow moving, meditative, spiritual, introspective, needs calmness to de-stress
Kundalini Meditative, slow moving, spiritual, likes to be physically and mentally challenged, likes to focus on breath and chanting, interested in the chakras and awakening the energy (kundalini) that resides in the base of the spine
Jivamukti Spiritual, meditative, creative, likes to move, likes to be physically and mentally challenged, likes to chant, likes music played during class
Vinyasa Creative, spontaneous, up for a challenge, likes to move quickly, likes to sweat, likes music played during class

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