The Most Common Yoga Types
Brought to the West in the late 1960s, ‘Kundalini’ in Sanskrit translates to ‘life force energy’ and the poses focus on unlocking the prana at the base of the spine. Typically, a kundalini class starts with a mantra (a focus for the class), then includes breathing exercises, warmups to get the body moving, increasingly more challenging poses, and a final relaxation and meditation.
Often known as a Vinyasa Flow practice, this links breathing with movement, and the poses consist of a continuous rhythmic flow. You’ll often see words like slow, dynamic, or mindful paired with vinyasa or flow to indicate the intensity of a practice.
This is a general yogic practice, which derives its name from the Sanskrit words for sun and moon. Many devotees like the variety which can have different forms incorporating moves for strength and flexibility, physical and mental energy, or breath and the body.
Officially, this practice consists of a set series of poses performed in the same order in a heated studio. Each class is 90 minutes, with 26 postures and two breathing exercises, and the room must be 105° Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity. However, many instructors have adapted the class to suit their requirements, and simply call this hot yoga. Devotees are encouraged to get deeper into the poses with the sweaty atmosphere, which also improves circulation and aids detoxification of the body.