Isn’t Yoga Just… “Yoga”?

Who knew that there are SO many different types of yoga?! At first, it can seem overwhelming to decide which class is best suited for you, especially if you are just starting out. There are heaps (shoutout Aussies!) of different class names. The good news is, they all pretty much narrow down to a few broad categories – explained below. From here, you can pick any class that falls in the family of names correlating best with your goals, skill level, etc.


Takin’ Care Of Business

Here’s the deal. At the end of the day, yoga studios are just like any other business. Yoga is gaining popularity. Naturally, this creates competition causing studios to get a little crazy with the class name game, as a marketing strategy.  These owners are getting pretty creative… think heavy metal yoga, naked yoga, etc. Realizing this makes the decision process a lot less stressful. Especially, as a beginner don’t worry about the big picture – just meet yourself where you are. Chances are, a beginner class is the best place for you to start.



Keep it simple.  Stick to things that sound basic, such as:

  • Yoga For Beginners
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Stress-Relief Yoga
  • Yoga 101


Whattaya call it? Some keywords often used to describe similar class vibes:

  • Hatha, Beginners, Slow Flow, Gentle, Intro
  • Ashtanga, Flow, Power, Core Power, Burn
  • Iyengar, Alignment, Foundations
  • Hot, Bikram, 26, Heat, Sweat
  • Yin / Restorative, Calm, Stretch, Flexibility, Relax, Chill


 Check the class descriptions on the studio’s website:

  • Look for “Level” labels above or under the class description
    • e.g., Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Level 1, Level 2…

Ask for recommendations:

  • Contact The Studio:
    • Phone, E-mail, Contact Us Form on Site
  • Ask Local Shops / Seek Community Referrals
    • E.g., Lululemon, Athleta

Check out reviews:

  • Previous or current students now have more outlets than ever to give feedback to yoga studios
  • In addition to online ratings, people leave comments detailing the class that they took – and they LOVE to share their opinions; which for once is actually helpful – more info for you!
  • Where to start:

    • Facebook, Yelp

Get Goin’

Okay, you did your research. Check out a few studios nearby. Use the above tips to make a decision. Commit. Go.

What If?


Bonus: Yoga will help you with this!

I feel awkward:
  1.  Yoga holds the principle of non-judgment to high esteem.
  2. Everyone starts somewhere. Yoga is a self-practice.
  3. Nobody is concerned about what you are doing; it doesn’t have to do with them, so there’s no bother. Yogis turn inward in their practice, and usually close their eyes.
What if I hate it?
  1. You don’t need to go again. At least now you know.
  2. Try another class.
  3. Try another teacher.

What if it is too hard?

  1. Go at your own pace.
  2. Modifications will be offered.
  3. It is completely normal to rest in child’s pose at any time.
  4. Everyone was once a beginner – by showing up, you will get better, and it will seem easier.