What are the different types of Yoga classes in London?

01 February 2014

What are the different types of Yoga classes out there and how do I know which one is the best for me? - Sam, Hammersmith

There are many different Yoga classes in London that you can try. Here is a list of the main styles of Yoga classes available in many studios across London:

  1. Ashtanga Yoga - Follows a set sequence of Yoga postures. Physically demanding.
  2. Hatha Yoga - The traditional style. More relaxed compared to Ashtanga Yoga.
  3. Hot Yoga - Practiced in a hot room.
  4. Restorative Yoga - Focused on passive stretching and relaxation. Practiced with props such as blocks, bolsters, blankets etc.
  5. Iyengar Yoga - Strong focus on posture alignment. Practiced with props such as belts, blocks, bolsters etc.
  6. Antigravity/ Areal Yoga - Practiced with a circus hammock to perform Yoga postures.
  7. Acro Yoga - Practiced with a partner with lots of acrobatic movements and postures.

If you are practicing Yoga for the first time then it is a good idea to start with a Hatha Yoga class. However, some may find it very slow and boring and decide that Yoga is too easy for them. If that’s the case for you then it means you should try a more challenging class such as an Ashtanga Yoga or Hot Yoga class.

Restorative classes are for the times when you feel the need to rejuvenate. Most people practice them on Friday evenings after a long week at work or after a hectic event.

Most gyms and health clubs offer Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga classes. So if you are already a member, it is worth trying them out. Additionally, you can try other different styles one class per week until you find the one that suits you the best.

You can visit Yoga classes in London website to see Yoga classes around your area.