Vinyasa yoga/ Ashtanga Yoga: Vinyasa yoga and Ashtanga yoga share the same definition and style, they are sometimes referred to a separate types of yoga. But they both focus on a flowing , dynamic movement in which asanas are linked together. A typical class includes the use of asanas (poses), mudras (hand gestures), pranayama (breath control) and drishtis (gazes). There is a large emphasis on the importance of the breath and therefore instructions on the breath are usually given in conjunction with the movement of the body.
Hatha Yoga: Hatha is a very traditional method of practicing yoga, it involves all the same aspects of Vinyasa yoga. However the poses are held for longer periods of time and there is little or no sequencing between the poses.
Iyengar Yoga: Iyengar yoga takes a very precise view of yoga postures, many props such as; blocks, belts, bolsters, walls, blankets and pillows are used to get each student into the posture as deep as possible. The poses are generally held for long periods of time and activities such as chanting are not included.
Kundalini Yoga: This is a spiritual school of yoga focused on those who are inclined toward meditation and are seeking a higher state of consciousness. Kundalini is the name given to the energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine, this form of yoga seeks to awaken this energy and send it up the spine through each of the chakras eventually leading to a state of absolute bliss. Kundalini practitioners combine breathing techniques, some poses, music and chanting but focus mostly on long periods of meditation.
Bikram Yoga: Bikram is a type of yoga founded by the flamboyant Bikram Choudury. It involves a standardised set of 24 poses and two breathing exercises that are completed in a room heated to a temperature between 36-42 degrees. The heat promotes sweating and allows students to stretch further.