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A guide to Yoga - 6 different styles explained

A guide to Yoga - 6 different styles explained

A guide to Yoga - 6 different styles explained

With all the different styles of yoga on offer, you are probably wondering which one is right for me?

We have made it easy to find a style you love with an overview of the 6 most popular types of yoga and also our hot tips on great studios to try out in both Sydney and Melbourne.

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If you are new to yoga or want a gentle practice then Hatha yoga may be for you. A Hatha yoga class is most often slow-paced and a great gentle introduction to basic yoga postures whilst still incorporating some breathing exercises. 

Melbourne Tip: Australian Yoga Academy Back to Basics classes are a great option if you are looking for a slower practice or if you want to perfect your alignment of postures. 


Sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga or just Flow, Vinyasa yoga classes are usually a fast, fluid and dynamic series of standing and floor poses synchronized to the breath. An advanced Vinyasa class is guaranteed to be one of the hardest workouts you've ever had! 

Unlike Ashtanga or Bikram, no two Vinyasa classes are the same. If you hate routine and love to test your physical limits, then Vinyasa yoga is for you! However, Vinyasa classes can really vary in difficulty depending on the teacher and we recommend trying a few different studios to find the teacher / style that suits you. 

Sydney Tip: This Is Yoga (Vinyasa Flow class) in Clovelly is one of our all time favourite studios. Be prepared to move, flow, sweat and be challenged both physically and mentally. If you like a challenging / advanced class then Mel or Michael are for you!

Flow Athletic Paddington is one of the most beautiful yoga studios in Sydney - our hot tip is the Saturday morning 8am class with yoga guru Kate Kendall. For the boys, Kate also runs a super popular donation based men's yoga class on Wednesday evenings at 6pm.

Power Living (multiple locations across Sydney and Melbourne) is also a great studio with an abundance of teachers with many years of yoga experience. 

Melbourne Tip: Happy Melon Studios and Australian Yoga Academy are definitely ones to try if you are from Melbourne. 

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Ashtanga yoga follows a specific sequence of postures with each movement linked to a breath. This is a hot, sweaty and physically demanding practice. Unlike Vinyasa, Ashtanga poses are always performed in the same order. However, which sequence you are performing will depend on what series you are practicing - the series range from Primary (first series), Intermediate (second series) to Advanced (third, fourth, fifth & sixth series). 

Newbies are advised to start with the primary series led classes which are fully instructed classes guiding you through the Primary (first) series. Ashtanga classes can either be led (fully instructed) or Mysore style where you attend the class but practice your own portion of the Ashtanga sequence at your own pace. 

Sydney Tip: Ashtanga Yoga Space

Melbourne Tip: Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne


Founded by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram yoga is practiced in a room heated to 38°C / 40°C and comprises a 90 minute series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises suited for both beginner and more experienced students. All classes are the same which allows you to really deepen your practice every time you go, but be prepared to sweat like you have never sweated before!

If you want to try Bikram's method, make sure the yoga studio you choose has been licensed to teach Bikram Yoga.

Sydney Tip: Bikram Yoga Darlinghurst

Melbourne Tip: Bikram Yoga Richmond

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga refers to any type of yoga class in a heated room. The room is usually maintained at a temperature of 37°C to 40°C. Be prepared to sweat profusely so make sure you wear clothes you can sweat and move in! It's best to steer clear of cotton based fabrics in Hot Yoga classes as these tend to hold the moisture in and always make sure to bring a towel and water bottle (although most studios have these for hire / purchase if you forget). 

Sydney Tip: For a great Hot Yoga class look no further then Hom Yoga in Darlinghurst. If you are after a challenge try their Hot Flow class. For a slower practice, Hot Hom and Hot Hatha are great! 

Melbourne Tip: Hot Box Yoga in Prahran / Windsor and One Hot Yoga (try their Slow Hot Flow) in South Yarra are great studios for a Hot Yoga class. 

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Restorative / Yin

Restorative / Yin classes are the complete opposite of the above (yang) yoga styles. Yin classes are a great supplement to your regular yoga practice and work into your connective tissue, bones and joints and use bolsters and blocks to help you go deeper into the pose. Yin classes are slow paced and often involve holding poses for up to 5 minutes - as a result these classes can be very mentally challenging.

As Yin classes are a delicious way to way to relax and calm the body and mind, it is a great class to take later in the evening to help you unwind before bed. 

Sydney Tip: This Is Yoga in Clovelly. Their Yin classes are exceptional and Mel has a cult following - but be sure to book in early as Mel's Yin classes book out fast!

Melbourne Tip: Happy Melon Studios in Armadale. 


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