Types of yoga: Ashtanga
What it is: A Vinyasa-style practice, Ashtanga yoga uses six pose sequences practiced sequentially, at a rapid pace, synchronized with the breath. And if you’re having trouble sleeping, make sure to check out these 6 soothing yoga poses.
Who it’s for: Since the transitions between poses happen quickly, beginners should start with a slower-paced class to develop a solid understanding of the basics. A-types will appreciate the methodical style of the practice.
Types of yoga: Prenatal
What it is: Prenatal yoga is ideal for both expectant mothers and those who recently delivered. The pregnancy-safe poses will help you not only prepare for labour, but all of the stages of your pregnancy, through stretching and focused breathing.
Who it’s for: Any expectant mother—yogi or not—should try prenatal yoga, as it is a great way to help make for an easier and faster labour. Those who have not done yoga before may want to wait until the second trimester to start, as practicing before this time may make you feel faint, sick or dizzy.
Types of yoga: Jivamukti
What it is: Founded in 1984 by David Life and Sharon Gannon, Jivamukti means “liberation while living.” This Vinyasa-style practice is physically and intellectually intense, with themed classes often including chanting, music and scripture readings.
Who it’s for: Those looking for more than just a physical workout should consider this practice, as it encourages its students to apply yogic philosophy to their daily life.