The choice is big in this big city, from more traditional yoga styles, to very innovative ones, sometimes crazy sounding too. Here is our selection of the 10 you can try.
1. HATHA YOGA
This probably the most safe one and best for when you are new to yoga. Hatha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
Example places offering Hatha Yoga: Triyoga, YMCA Club, West London Buddhist Centre
2. ASHTANGA YOGA
It is a style of yoga codified and popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century which is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. This style is meant to help with a high blood pressure, heart diseases, aches and pains.
Ashtanga Yoga is is a highly structured vinyasa-style class. There are five Ashtanga asana series and each student must master every pose of the first series before moving onto the second series. This is a tough class. If you are not advance in yoga, you may want to first try some other asana classes in order to learn the basic poses.
Example places offering Ashtanga Yoga: Astanga Yoga London, Stillpoint Yoga, The Shala
3. BIKRAM YOGA
This yoga style is based on basic postures of hatha yoga characterized, a set series of postures and breathing exercises, but it’s performed in a room heated to a very high temperature of 35-40 degrees with 40% humidity. This “hot yoga” is designed to work all organs and muscles in your body and the hot temperature is to produce a sweat in a practitioner and release any impurities in the body, achieving reduction in body toxicity and an increase in strength.
Example places offering Ashtanga Yoga: Bikram Yoga London, Hot Yoga Wimbledon, The Hot Spot Yoga
4. AERIAL YOGA
Anti-gravity yoga is a brand name of “aerial yoga”, which is a new type of yoga, originating in California by Carmen Curtis of AIReal Yoga. This type of yoga uses a hammock or yoga swing to allow students to perform postures which may not ordinarily accessible on yoga mat. It combines traditional yoga with moves inspired by pilates, dance and acrobatics.
This one is for fun more than a serious yoga practice. For those of you who like dance moves but yet, want to experience something different when disco. Disco yoga combines flow-style postures, known as Vinyasa yoga. The structure of poses is loose which allow instructors to be creative in combining poses with the classic disco tunes. Glitter may be compulsory in this type of classes.