8 Different Kinds of Yoga to Try
While we all LOVE a good vinyasa flow, it’s always a good idea to mix things up every once in a while! If you find yourself in need of a spark in your everyday routine, here are 8 different ways you can practice yoga other than your favorite Vinyasa flow! Check them out and let us know which one you like the BEST!
Take your practice out on the water! SUP Yoga is exactly what it sounds like-yoga on a stand up paddleboard. You’ll totally challenge your core, more than likely get wet, and most importantly-have a BLAST! If you’re looking to cool off, test your balance, and mix it up, SUP Yoga is great alternative to your vinyasa practice.
If you’re seeking a more chill vibe, go for a yin class. Yin yoga was founded actually quite recently in the 1970’s and is based off of martial arts. It balances the body’s heat with cool energies. You’ll only practice about 5-10 postures per class with each posture being held anywhere from 2-3 minutes on each side. It’s a great way to gain flexibility, work through built up fascia in the muscles, and to connect with your breath. It’s quite the opposite of vinyasa and will shine light on your typical practice.
Ow-shtanga, as I like to call it, is a structured technique founded in Mysore, India in the early 20th century. It includes several series featuring foundational postures with beginning to advanced transitions. It’s a whole body strength builder and pushes you to your limits in every sense. An average class runs two hours long and you’ll barely be able to get out of bed the next morning. Check out Ashtanga super star Kino Yoga for more insight on this technique. It’s an excellent challenge to humble your everyday practice.
For those who crave heat and structure, bikram is the pick for you! This style of yoga wasn’t necessarily founded or invented, but rather its structure was created from traditional postures. A bikram class is taken in a room heated at 105 degrees and takes you through a series of 26 asanas (postures). It’s the same 26 postures formatted the same exact way every single class. So if you like consistency (and heated torture chambers), then this is a great option for you!
A go-to for many, hot vinyasa is simply a vinyasa class on steroids (just kidding) in a heated room. Temperatures can be anywhere from 90 degrees to 110. If you like the surprise of a vinyasa flow and the heat of bikram, this could be a rad match for you! Make sure you bring a non-slip mat, a face towel, water, and even a mat towel. Check out our non-slip TPE mat right here.
One of the latest creations of yoga, Budokon was developed in the early 2000’s and combines mixed movement arts with traditional yoga. Its quality is all about fluidity, core, and grace. It’s a mixture of classical yoga, martial arts, calisthenics, animal locomotion, and life science. It’s built of 7 sections that are repetitious, building mobility, stamina, and strength. Rather than holding postures, you’ll flow through them intelligently and consciously. It’s an amazing experience and should definitely be explored by yogis of all kinds!
Perfect for any dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters, or artists out there that appreciate or come from a background in the performing arts! Or even for those of you who always wanted to dance! This style was recently founded by Tamara Levinson, a former rhythmic gymnast and professional dance choreographer. This movement combines yoga and dance fusion to keep you moving on the mat at all times. It’s a super fun alternative to your traditional practice!
If you’re thinking about dragging your boyfriend, girlfriend, hubby, or wife to yoga, this is the perfect choice! Acro yoga takes two to tango! You’ll be flipping in the air, balancing each other’s weight, and levering off of one another. It’s extremely playful and a great way to bond with one another, or meet new people! You’ll learn so much about your balance and own body. It’s also a great tool for understanding weight distribution, creating trust, and strengthening your core. If you’re looking for a more explorative and hands-on experience, this is the one for you!
There is SO much more to yoga than just vinyasa and these are just a few of the other options out there! Try them ALL with an open heart and know that you can always come back to your vinyasa home. Comment your favorite style below! Llamaste!