What Are The Different Types of Yoga?

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There are so many different types of yoga, it would be impossible to cover them all in a blog post! If you’re new to yoga, we recommend trying a few classes to find the right fit for you. At L+A Healing Studio, we make it easy to do this with our $80 per month class pass, which allows you to take part in an unlimited number of sessions at our South Loop studio. Here are the types of yoga we offer:

Deep Stretch Yoga

Ideal For: All experience levels

Typical Poses: Downward dog, lizard lunge twist, pigeon pose, bound angle pose

Our deep stretch yoga classes are a great way to wind down at the end of the day. If you’re looking for a yoga practice that relaxes your body by releasing tight muscles and tendons and eases your anxious mind, this is the one for you. Deep stretch yoga consists primarily of floor postures, with gentle exploration of stretches. With regular practice, deep stretch yoga can lighten the stress on your skeletal system, improve your flexibility and balance, and allow you to feel more present and connected to your body.

Power Yoga

Ideal For: People who prefer an active workout to more meditative forms of yoga

Typical Poses: A variety of poses are used in power yoga; the key is moving through each sequence of poses in a way that builds strength and endurance

Our power yoga classes are centered around the traditional Ashtanga practice; you’ll follow the same series of poses and hold each for five breaths before moving through a Vinyasa. This intense workout is fast-paced and combines the benefits of cardio and strength-training into a single endurance-building session using your own bodyweight for resistance.

Core Flow Yoga

Ideal For: Anyone who wants to strengthen their back or core muscles

Typical Poses: Plank twist, three-legged dog pose, crescent lunge, side plank with extended leg

During our core flow yoga classes, Vinyasas are taken between a series of pose sequences, building heat in the body. You’ll be doing lots of high and low planks, boat poses, back bends, and side planks to build core strength. Like power yoga, this challenging class uses your body for resistance and engages a number of different muscle groups. 

Restorative Yoga

Ideal For: Those new to yoga or looking for a practice that promotes relaxation

Typical Poses: Child’s pose (Balasana), supported bridge pose, reclined twist, supported legs up the wall pose, supported corpse pose (Savasana)

Our restorative yoga sequences involve five or six poses, including light twists, gentle backbends, and seated forward folds. Each is supported by props, making this yoga class relaxing and restful. Similar to deep stretch yoga in many ways, restorative yoga fosters a mind-body connection through slow, deliberate movements and mindful breathing. Benefits of restorative yoga include better sleep, improved well-being, and reduced pain.

Learn More About Yoga and Fitness at L+A Healing Studio

If you’d like to learn more about yoga or any of our other fitness classes, drop in at our South Loop studio in Chicago, view our class schedule online, or contact us today.

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