Hi friends! How are you? Ours has been good so far… This week has felt so productive! I’ve cooked almost every day (which is feat by it self, haha), organized a million things, filmed a bunch of yoga for us (!!!), and some other stuff… Don’t you love weeks like that? Feeling very accomplished, you know? 😉
Oh and shoutout to Marcie in Washington DC who inspired this post and asked if I could give a Bad Yogi take on the different styles of yoga. I thought it was SUCH a fun idea! There are dozens of styles out there, but these are the most common ones that most of us run in to when we’re going to different studios. When I used to go around to different classes, I pretty much walked in without any clue what I was getting in to. Not that it was all bad, but I still wished I had some idea of what to expect. So, let’s do this! 😉
Bikram. First thing to know is that it’s HOT. Like, super hot. Depending on what city you practice in, the temperatures range from 105* to 120* F with plenty of humidity to boot. It’s also the exact same set of 26 poses every single time which take about 90 minutes to complete. If you like it sweaty, regimented, and routine, you’ll love this. No music here either.
Vinyasa Flow. Do you do my videos online or have you practiced with me in person? Then you’ve done vinyasa flow 🙂 It’s (mostly) non-stop movement with plenty of sun salutations, variety, and tends to be fairly challenging. If you don’t love the unexpected or are looking for something mild, you may want to pass. But, if you love music, chances are you’ll hear some in a live class! Keep in mind that some studios offer heated vinyasa classes which can really bump up the difficulty factor.
Hatha. A little bit choppier than vinyasa flow but you’ll probably enjoy this one if vinyasa is too rigorous. Obviously it varies with the teacher, but generally speaking, you can probably expect a gentle, traditional class and maybe or maybe not with tunes 🙂 Usually these classes are in a warm environment, but not so hot that you’ll be working up a big sweat.
Ashtanga. If you’re looking for a serious challenge, check out Ashtanga. It’s pretty fast paced and follows a set sequence of poses, too, but there’s no music. The room isn’t usually heated, but you’ll definitely sweat here since it’s so rigorous!
Restorative. One of my all time favorite classes to take. You’ll work out the kinks and tightness from your day but in the most relaxing way possible. This class will use lots of props and the pace is slow and steady. You’ll spend lots of time with your eyes closed listening to your breath. If there’s music, it’ll be meditative… kind of like the music that plays when you get a massage! 😉
Over to you: What’s your favorite class to take? Of course I LOVE vinyasa flow and that’s what got me addicted to yoga. I loved the almost dancy-ness in it! My second favorite is definitely restorative though. What other styles do you guys see regularly?