Yoga Exercise

Yoga Mat Section

Welcome to Yoga Exercise

Yoga Mat Article

The 8 Physical and Mental Types of Yoga
Jack Sinclair

There are a lot of different types of yoga today, so if you are starting out and feeling confused, you are normal.

It is best to start with a type of yoga that is appropriate for your own level of fitness, physical and spiritual goals and health condition.

The 8 most common types of yoga are described in this article and briefly explained to help guide you in choosing the best type of yoga that you can start with.

Physical-Focused Types of Yoga

Iyengar Yoga: Iyengar yoga is focused solely on body alignment and executing precise movements. Yoga accessories such as blocks and straps are normally used by beginners who are not as flexible as the experts.

Yoga accessories help assist all sorts of people to be able to do the poses comfortably.

Because of its attention to details and the flexible modification of poses, Iyengar yoga is often considered a good form of exercise for people with neck or back pain, as they are likely to benefit from the random movement in the poses.

Practicing Iyengar yoga will give you a good knowledge on the classics in yoga poses so that whatever other style you eventually practice, you will have the basic fundamentals on how to do each position.

In Iyengar yoga the teacher focuses more on alignment and inner awareness. This awareness starts with the body and expands to other parts of the self as one continues to practice regularly

Ashtanga Yoga: Ashtanga yoga is commonly called "power yoga" because it is focused on a powerful flowing movement.

The movements include pushups and lunges, which deals with strength and stamina. Ashtanga yoga is best for people who have a strong back, or have successfully overcome back injuries and are looking for more challenging practice.

Athletic people such as runners, cyclists and gynmasts who wish to add more balance and concentration to their routines are also fans of Ashtanga yoga.

Bikram Yoga: Bikram yoga is also known as the "hot yoga" because it is done in a very warm room. Bikram yoga is an excellent tool to increase flexibility because the heat helps you to stretch.

Keep in mind that Bikram yoga is not safe for anyone who has developed cardio vascular diseases, because vigorously exercising in the heat places strain placed on the body.

Mental-Focused Types of Yoga

Bhakti yoga: or commonly known as devotional yoga. Bhakti yoga focus on self surrender in the face of the divine, if you know what that means.

Mantra yoga: Mantra yoga is known as the "yoga of potent sound". Mantra yoga aims at liberation through the verbal or mental repetition of empowered sounds, such as "om," "hum," and "ram."

Viniyoga: Viniyoga yoga links breathe and movement in flowing exercises that are modified to each individual. Viniyoga is a good form of yoga for those with back problems or neck injuries because it can be easily adapted by everyone.

Raja Yoga: Raja yoga aims for liberation through meditation. Raja yoga is meant for those people who are capable of intense concentration.

As you can see, there are many types of yoga to choose from. It is a good idea to discuss the type of yoga practiced before engaging in any yoga class. In particular, learn which philosophy the teacher uses, so you'll know if it will be a gentle, passive yoga, or a bone crunching form.

Both you and the teacher will be glad you knew what you were getting into, before the class begins.

About The Author

Jack Sinclair is an avid yoga devotee. Learn everything about yoga for free at

Yoga Mat News

yoga mat

This post is sponsored by Teach My. All opinions are my own. Get kids active this Christmas with a Teach My Yoga Mat Set. But wait! These are NOT your typical yoga mats! Brand new from Teach My, these double sided 48″ x 24″ yoga mats are ...

Read more

Teach My Yoga Game Mat Set (Fish & Learn Or Hop & Learn) US 12/3

Christopher Cataldo, BC Law ’18, holds out a deck of cards to a girl in blue leggings sitting cross-legged on a turquoise yoga mat. “Pick a card, any card,” he tells the crowd. The entire studio is silent as she reaches out and pulls out a card from ...

Read more

After Six Years at the Plex, Cataldo Teaches 500th Yoga Class

It offers a variety of classes, including some for kids, beginners and couples, and sells accessories, including yoga mats, socks, shirts, and mat cleaner. The studio is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call (434) 414-2620.

Read more

Challenger Yoga opens in Appomattox

She explains that some of yoga’s greatest benefits are off the mat, outside of the hour in the studio. “I think Americans are used to seeing yoga as an exercise class,” Pelletier says. Pelletier, a highly credentialed and experienced yoga instructor ...

Read more

Inward Office teaches the mental benefits of yoga practice

Just more than two weeks since he was outed as a repeat sex offender by multiple victims (they’re still coming out of the woodwork)—many of which were underage at the time—Spacey was spotted and papparazzi’d this week with a yoga mat, traversing ...

Read more

Kevin Spacey's Seeing If Yoga Makes Him a Better Person

After overhearing one too many conversations about juice cleanses while positioning my yoga mat – invariably next to a drop dead gorgeous Bendy-Wendy who warms up with effortless handstands, and contemplating murdering twosomes doing couples yoga ...

Read more

Heavy metal yoga in a Bushwick bar saved my soul

Going to your first yoga class, like your first time trying anything, can be intimidating and a little scary. It was for us too! So today we’re sharing everything you need to know before stepping on the mat…these are the things we wish we knew!

Read more

10 Things To Know Before Your First (Or Next!) Yoga Class

Included in the ticket price was a pint of any beer on the tap list. Participants took advantage of this perk, lingering at the 10-Ton Bar, as it's known, long after their yoga mats were rolled up. "It just goes to show you, you can do yoga anywhere ...

Read more

Taproom mixes balance of yoga and brewing in classes

Say hello to your new hot yoga partner. With a moisture-activated eQua towel grip fused to the top surface and supportive natural tree rubber cushioning, this hybrid eKO + eQua yoga mat features three beautiful, limited-edition artist designs to inspire ...

Read more

Win one of Manduka's 3 Exclusive Artist Inspired Yoga Mats

It wasn't until sitting down on my yoga mat observing the rest of the class that I realised I probably should have considered bringing a towel and something to drink. Meanwhile, our instructor suggested not to worry about what other class members look like ...

Read more