Kickstart Your Yoga Journey with the Right Class
29 May 2023

If you’re just embarking on your yoga journey, it can be daunting trying to decide which class is best for you. Ashtanga or Vinyasa? What’s the difference between yin yoga and hatha yoga? Do I need to be very fit to start doing yoga? All these questions can be enough to scare you off the mat.

In reality, you shouldn’t be afraid. Yoga has its origins over 5,000 years ago. Today, it has become more than a buzzword. It is a lifestyle. Not only can it help you tone up those muscles and increase blood flow, but it can also become your fountain of mental well-being. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what physical shape you’re in – there is always something for everyone. That’s the beauty of yoga. 

We’ve put together a list of all the most common types of yoga out there, as well as tips for identifying the style that is most suitable for you!

Ashtanga Yoga

Difficulty level: Challenging

This is a traditionally structured and physically demanding practice that will challenge your strength and flexibility. Flow and breathe through six series of specifically sequenced yoga poses. You will perform the same poses in the exact same order in each class. 

Best for: Ambitious folks looking for strict guidelines and a tough routine

Hatha Yoga

Difficulty level: Gentle

These slower moving classes require you to hold each pose for a few breaths. The Sanskrit term “hatha” actually refers to any school of yoga that teaches physical postures. Hatha classes work with the breath to help you leave class feeling looser and more centred in your mind, body, and spirit. 

Best for: Beginners who wish to develop or deepen their understand of different postures

Bikram Yoga

Difficulty level: Challenging

Bikram yoga, typically known as “hot yoga”, consists of a series of yoga postures and breathing exercises done in a heated room of 35–42 degrees Celsius. The heat works to stretch, cleanse, and reduce stress in the body. 

Best for: People who like a predictable set or are in need of some intense stress relief

Vinyasa Yoga

Difficulty level: Challenging

In most vinyasa classes, you won’t linger long in each pose and the pace can be quick. The focus is on movement and breath as you flow through the poses in a beautifully fluid manner. 

Best for: Workout lovers who are looking for an active practice to increase strength

Yin Yoga

Difficulty level: Gentle

The opposite of a faster moving practice like vinyasa, yin yoga poses are held for several minutes at a time. You will use props so your body can release into the posture and help you to find your zen as you strike a balance between body and mind.

Best for: Busy people who need to stretch and unwind

Before you decide on any class, be sure to understand exactly what you’re signing up for. If you are not sure whether you are physically able to take on a particular class, it is advisable to check with your doctor.

Find the best workout class to suit your fitness level with Virgin Active. Aimed at making exercise accessible to everyone, the all-round gym also offers a range of yoga classes to help you increase strength, flexibility and energy to feel good for the rest of the day! Click here to find out more:

Every Wednesday evening, Marina One X Virgin Active organises a complimentary 45-minute “Yoga at the Heart” sessions from 6.30 – 7.15pm. Registration starts at 6.15pm, no pre-registration is necessary. Just turn up with an open mind, heart, and body—and enjoy the class! Mats and blocks will be available for participants.

At the end of the day, it’s important to listen to your body and do what makes you feel good. That is also the essence of yoga. We promise you that once it becomes a part of your life, the benefits are endless!

Namaste, everyone.