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Published Tuesday Feb 04, 2020 by Christa Quattrocchi

Find Your Flow: Which Yoga Style is Right For You?

Yoga is an ancient practice believed to help unify the body, mind, and spirit. Over the years, we’ve seen more styles of yoga than Game of Thrones storylines, so we know it can be pretty overwhelming to try and differentiate them all. Just like searching for the perfect pair of jeans, you may have to try out many different yoga classes before finding the one. So, we’ve created the ultimate guide to yoga styles to help you find the right fit for you. 


Hatha 

Translated to ‘sun and moon,’ Hatha yoga is the entry point for physical and mental balance. 

What to expect: 
The foundations. Hatha classes are typically structured classical postures, focusing on the breath, proper alignment, and slow transitions. All movement is completed on both sides so you can walk away feeling blissfully balanced. 


Vinyasa 

Flow and let it go. Vinyasa is the kombucha of yoga, it’s pretty much available on every corner in a variety of flavors. 

What to expect: 
A creative, flowy, physically demanding class, Vinyasa lets you move through postures at a steady pace that matches the rhythm of your breath. Since each class is creatively crafted by its teacher, no two classes will be the same. Though one thing you can rely on time after time is the sanctuary of savasana or “corpse pose” (which is exactly what it sounds like—a reclined meditation to end class). 

Corpse pose

Power Yoga/Sculpt 

If you’ve ever thought, yoga isn’t a workout, think again. Power yoga is Vinyasa’s marathon-running friend.  

What to expect: 
A focus on strength training, possibly with the addition of weights. This energetic style of yoga is meant for those who want to incorporate strength training on the mat.  


Aerial  

On par with a Cirque-du-Soleil showcase, aerial yoga will elevate your practice—and we’re not speaking metaphorically. 

What to expect: 
You’ll climb into a hammock that’s suspended from the ceiling to get into juicier postures without all that joint pressure. Some describe the feeling as being in a cocoon, which can be especially healing for trauma survivors seeking a more protective space to practice. 

Aerial Yoga

Yin 

Dreaming of the day you can seamlessly slip into a full split? Yang’s other half brings you a smooth way to increase your flexibility by getting you into the deeper layers of connective tissue. 
 
What to expect: 
Long holds and a very grounded practice. Make sure to grab some props, like blocks, blankets, bolsters, and straps—they are your most fashionable toolset to finding more space! Yin postures are held for 3-5 minutes each, creating a greater depth of physical and mental stillness. Pro Tip: If you’re a fitness junkie, check out a Yin class once per week as a counterbalance to all of that built-up muscle tension. 


Bikram 

Are you someone that gets lunch from the same place every day? Creatures of habit, this one’s for you. The yoga system developed by Bikram Choudhury in the 20th century is made up of 26 postures and two breath techniques (AKA 26+2)
 
What to expect: 
Sweat. You’ll practice in a carpeted, mirrored room heated to 105. Not to be confused with ‘hot power yoga,’ these 26 poses are always taught sequentially, and instructors don’t have creative freedom. 

Yoga foot stretch

Ashtanga 

As if yoga didn’t already require enough self-discipline, K. Pattabhi Jois leveled up with his modern system of Ashtanga yoga. This physically demanding method requires yogis to practice a progressively structured series of postures. 
 
What to expect: 
Independence, baby! If it’s your first time, you’ll want to register for a ‘led’ class, as the series are typically practiced in silent, un-guided spaces where you can come and go as you please. Each pose is held for five breaths to cultivate strength in the discomfort. 

Kundalini 

Kundalini is the loveable, eccentric aunt, dressed in all white and inviting more than just physical modalities of yoga to activate the sacred, spiritual energy located at the base of your spine. 
 
What to expect: 
Kundalini classes are sequenced based on what is known as a kriya—a series of postures, breathing methods, or chants practiced for minutes at a time. Be prepared to use your voice and fire up that core! This one is stealthy in bringing on the soreness. 

Candlelit Child's Pose

Iyengar 

B.K.S. Iyengar was a dude all about that alignment. And could you blame him? No one is looking to get hurt doing yoga
 
What to expect: 
Props, props, props! Grab those blocks, straps, blankets, even chairs (yes, the ones you sit in) on the way in. Some studios even have a wall configured with props to help you enter postures in the proper alignment. Offerings are typically classified by level, so if you’re new, start with Level I and work your way up as you become more comfortable.

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Written by
Christa Quattrocchi
Acquisition Program Manager
About the author
Christa is a 300hr certified yoga instructor on a soulful journey to integrate spiritual practices, such as astrology, tarot, and pranayama, in her guidance both on and off the mat. She is Mindbody’s resident witch and advertising aficionado. Beyond her credentials, you can find Christa channeling creativity through writing, cooking plant-based goodness, & surfing her home waters in sunny San Diego.
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Fitness
Published Friday Nov 13, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Why You Need a Virtual Workout Buddy

Fitness
Motivation

Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test.  On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?

That’s a different story.  

While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand* 

The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.  

I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.  

If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why: 


A virtual workout buddy keeps you accountable. 

Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self.  According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.  


A virtual workout buddy will push you further. 

Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.  


A virtual workout buddy makes you more adventurous. 

Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.   


A virtual workout buddy helps keep you social.

Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.  

As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.

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Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.