A guide to 5 types of yoga classes – which is best for you?

A guide to 5 types of yoga classes - which is best for you?Want to take advantage of the many benefits of yoga but don’t know which types of yoga suit you best? Well, we have the easy solution for you! These detailed descriptions of the different types of yoga will help you decide where to start your yoga journey, or even which class you want to try next.

Our yoga instructors Natasha Dillon and Erin Fischer have given you a run down on the different types of yoga and what each class entails, and how you can get involved now.

Types of yoga – which one suits you best?


Hatha Yoga 

A classical yoga that focuses on the essential postures (asanas) for health, strength, flexibility, balance and wellness. Focus on proper alignment and breathing in foundational yoga postures.

Hatha Yoga involves performing and practicing a yogaset of postures that are designed to align the body and help to open up energy channels in the body, especially the spine, so that energy can flow freely.

This tradition involves holding poses for longer periods of time, while combining breathing exercises. It is a practice that can help you recognise your hidden physical and mental potential.

Whether you are new to yoga or a long-time pro, everyone can benefit from taking time in each pose to explore and expand your awareness on a deep level and push your strength level further with each class.

All levels welcome, Great for beginners.

Ashtanga Yogatypes of yoga

Ashtanga Yoga is an extremely popular type of yoga. The translation of Ashtanga means “eight-limbed yoga”, which means it consists of eight spiritual practices. These include Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (absorption into the universe).

This types of yoga is vigorous and appeals to those who like independence and a sense of order in their lives. It is also a very athletic style of practice.

Vinyasa/Flow Yoga

Vinyasa, or Flow, is a continuous movement from one pose to the next pose. The series of poses and movement is matched the breath, which means breathing exercises are important in this type of yyoga typesoga.

It is a quick-moving yoga class, which focuses on poses that move gracefully from one to another. This yoga class incorporates foundational poses with options for advanced students if you’d like some extra challenge. It uses a combination of and fast-paced movement to balance, detoxify and strengthen. Get ready to sweat!

Intermediate to Advanced levels welcome.


Deep Stretch and Restore

Healing class that focuses on opening up the connective tissues, relaxing the muscles, and calming the nervous system. Some postures use yoga proYogaps to support you in releasing more deeply into the poses.

The goal is to support the body in a way  so that you can stretch the bones, ligaments and tendons rather than just your muscles. You are guided to find your edge in a stretch and then wait for your body to invite you to go a little bit deeper.

This class helps in restoring, relaxing, and releasing stress and tension in your body calmly with awareness and peace. A wonderful compliment to balance and calm after rigorous athletic workouts.

All levels welcome.

Yoga Basics

Yoga Basics is an entry-level yoga class, and is a great place to start for those who are brand-new to yoga or for those wanting to revisit the foundation principles of their practice. This slow moving, Hatha natasha-yogayoga class will help you relax, rejuvenate and strengthen your body.

All Levels can join this types of yoga, especially beginners.

Please Note: Yoga Basics is offered once a week with Advanced Teacher Erin, with special attention given to explaining the foundations of yoga as well as proper alignment and breathing so you will feel confident to begin your yoga practice.

Get involved in the many different types of yoga now at Thanyapura Phuket. Here is a link to the group classes – www.thanyapura.com/sports/phuket-fitness-centre/phuket-group-fitness-classes.

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About the Author

A guide to 5 types of yoga classes - which is best for you?Pierre Gagnon practised concentration and insight meditation intensively from 2010 to 2012, then went on to study meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh with the venerable Ajahn Po from 2013 to 2015. As well as his own practice, he has coordinated meditation retreats in the south of Thailand which were attended by more than 1,000 people.

Having a great passion in the field of neuroscience, he likes to integrate these concepts into meditation practice. He believes that much of our life is lived resisting and defending against internal and external experiences that people perceive as threats. Through the development of concentration and meditation, we can insightfully see that all experiences are harmless and there is no need to defend of contract around them.  Pierre has experience coordinating concentration and insight meditation retreats, teaching the relationship that exists between Buddhism and neuroscience.

About the Author

BochakornBOCHAKORN BOONSERM (MAAM) began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.

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