Styles Taught at Yoga Mat

Any yogic technique used to systematically address physical injury, pain, mental and emotional stress, or trauma can be considered beneficial.  None are better or worse than the others, as the beautiful truth of yoga is that all styles can help improve your overall health and wellbeing.  In fact, incorporating multiple types of yoga into your regular practice can help keep you balanced.

Yoga Mat offers a variety of classes in many different types of yoga styles.  Read on to see which style is best for you in order to find a class you’ll love.

 

 

Hatha

Considered the gentler form of yoga, Hatha is all about the basics.  These slower moving classes may require you to hold each physical pose for a few slow, deep breaths.

Best For: Beginners, because of it’s slower pace.


Vinyasa

This dynamic practice links movement and breath together in a dance-like way.  You won’t linger long in each pose and the pace can be quick, so be prepared for your heart rate to rise.

Best For: Intermediate & Experts, but also Beginner Friendly 


Hot

Prepare to sweat, because this form of yoga is practiced in a heated room with a high humidity.  The heat allows you to move deeper into the poses, and can make the class feel strenuous.

Best For: Hardcore sweat-lovers ~ Not Prenatal Friendly


Yang

Yang is a cardio-intense class. Incorporating cross-body movement, twists, lunges, and shoulder-openers, Yang Yoga works the entire body, raises the heart rate, and tones all major muscle groups.

Best For: All levels ~ Not Prenatal Friendly


Yin

This is the fundamental practice for slowly and gradually unraveling knots of tightness and tension from the body. Works the ligaments, joints, and fascia, leading to improvement in mobility and flexibility. Gentle yet powerful; Yin is a slow, mindful practice of long-held postures which cultivate energetic balance, physical harmony, and peace of mind.

Best For: All levels ~ Not Prenatal Friendly


Restorative

This mellow, slow-moving practice uses a variety of props to fully support you.  The longer holds give your body a chance to experience deeper relaxation.

Best For: Everyone, especially those who experience anxiety or insomnia.


Meditation

The goal of this practice is to break through your internal barriers, releasing the untapped energy residing within you and bringing you a higher level of self-awareness.

Best For: Those looking for more of a spiritual practice


Chair

This style is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on, or standing next to, a chair in order to use it for support.  This yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness.

Best For: Those unable to participate in a traditional class due to instability or injury


Prenatal

With an emphasis on breathing, stamina, pelvic floor work, restorative poses, and core strength, Prenatal friendly versions of our classes can help you become more resilient during and after pregnancy.

Please note: Be sure to check our detailed class explanations to see if the class you’re interested in is prenatal friendly