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Ten Styles of Yoga You Are Likely To Encounter

Ten Styles of Yoga You Are Likely To Encounter

Ten Styles of Yoga You Are Likely To Encounter

Shannon Herbert RYT 200

Whether you’re just beginning a yoga practice or have been practicing for years, it can be confusing to differentiate between the different styles of yoga being offered at various studios. To make things a bit simpler, here’s a quick look at some of the most popular styles of yoga you’re likely to encounter:

  1. Hatha: The word hatha means willful or forceful. It is also translated as “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon. Thus, hatha refers to the balance of both the masculine aspects, sun, and the feminine aspects, moon, within our bodies. Hatha yoga creates balance and flexibility within the body. Hatha yoga is a style that is designed to open the channels of the body to allow energy to flow more freely. Hatha yoga allows us to bring our attention to the breath, in an attempt to still the fluctuations of the mind. While Hatha is typically performed at a slower pace than Vinyasa, it is not to be confused with a gentle or restorative practice (see below). A Hatha yoga class will help to calm the mind but will invigorate the body and the spirit through the incorporation of many of the basic yoga postures. After a Hatha class, you can expect to more relaxed and for your muscles to feel looser.
  1. Vinyasa: When people are comparing yoga styles, the two most commonly compared are Hatha and Vinyasa. While Hatha is known for its balancing, Vinyasa is known for its flow. Vinyasa classes contain fluid movements, with each movement corresponding to the breath. The asanas (postures) transition from one to another effortlessly, similar to a dance. Depending on the class level, the vinyasa can be slow paced or can be upbeat and fast paced. A vinyasa styled yoga class will increase the heart rate and help you work up a sweat. If you are looking for a more workout style yoga practice, Vinyasa is a great option. Each Vinyasa class varies as teachers are constantly changing their flows. If routine is something you dislike and enjoy a yoga class that is new and different each time you take it, a Vinyasa style class might be perfect.
  1. Ashtanga: Ashtanga was popularized and brought to the West in the 1970s by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It is a style of yoga that follows a specific sequence of postures. It is like vinyasa yoga, in the sense that each movement is linked to the breath. The thing that makes Ashtanga unique is that this style of yoga follows the exact same asanas in the exact same order each time. There are six series that are practiced sequentially as progress is made. This is a challenging, vigorous style of yoga. If you enjoy routine and a workout style yoga class, an Ashtanga class might suit you best!
  1. Iyengar: Iyengar yoga is named after its founder B.K.S. Iyengar. This style of yoga is heavily focused on alignment. Proper alignment is achieved through the use of props such as blocks and straps. This style is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Don’t let the use of props fool you though, this is still a challenging style of yoga, requiring intense concentration to stay perfectly aligned in the posture. If you are looking for a physically challenging practice and want to achieve proper alignment in your postures, check out an Iyengar class!
  1. Hot Yoga: In the simplest terms, hot yoga is yoga that is practiced in a heated room. The type of hot yoga practiced may vary. A lot of the time when people talk about hot yoga they are describing Bikram yoga. Bikram Yoga is a style that consists of 26 postures, each performed twice, in a room that is heated to about 105 degrees and 40% humidity. Each class lasts 90 minutes. It is a vigorous practice due to the heat, but the postures are all either beginner postures or easily modifiable. If it is not a Bikram class, some studios offer hot flow classes, which are vinyasa styled classes in heated rooms (around 90-104 degrees, varies based on the studio). Again, practicing in the heat is difficult but should not discourage any new yogis from attempting it. If you enjoy sweating…a lot, try a heated class, but make sure to bring water with you and to stay hydrated!
  1. LifePower: LifePower yoga is a style developed by Jonny Kest that has ties to both Asthanga and Vinyasa Yoga styles. LifePower yoga combines physical, intellectual, and emotional components, highlighting that the achievements and skills learned in class extend beyond the yoga mat and into the real world. This style of yoga is rich in its physical practice but also rich in philosophy. It is an extremely well rounded style, combining both physical and spiritual components.
  1. Baron Baptiste Yoga: Baptiste Yoga was originally developed by Walt Baptist and later evolved through his son Baron. Today, Baptiste Yoga is a vigorous practice performed in a heated room designed to invigorate the entire body. The aim of this yoga style is to create peace of mind, freedom, and the ability to live in the moment. The classes are similar to other power vinyasa or hot vinyasa classes, but what sets Baptiste yoga apart is its emphasis on personal growth. One of the main goals of Baptiste yoga is to enjoy personal growth both on and off the mat.
  1. Jivamukti: Jivamukti yoga was founded by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. The five tenets or principles of Jivamukti yoga are scripture, devotion, kindness, music, and meditation. Each of these are explored in a themed vinyasa style class. These classes are tough physically and include a lot of traditional spiritual elements, which have been removed in a lot of other Western Practices. If you are looking for a practice that has a heavy emphasis on spirituality and one that includes chanting and references to ancient scripture, then a Jivamukti class may be worth checking out!
  1. Yin: Yin yoga is a much more meditative practice. It focuses on postures held for longer periods of time to lengthen connective tissues. Yin yoga is designed to complement Yang yoga classes, the more vigorous classes such as Asthanga, Vinyasa, Iygengar, etc. Yin postures are passive. They are designed to allow you to relax and let gravity do the work. Your patience and focus will definitely improve after holding these postures for longer periods of time than you may be used to. If you are looking for a practice that is more meditative in nature or a class that will completely stretch you out, try out a Yin class!
  1. Restorative: Restorative yoga is sometimes offered as gentle yoga. It is a wonderful class for relaxing and overcoming injuries. A lot of props are used in this style to allow the body to experience the posture while exerting minimal effort. A restorative class might include more static stretching, holding stretches and postures for longer periods of time. The class is taught at a slower pace and is overall extremely rejuvenating. If you are nervous about a faster paced class, are overcoming an injury, or are looking for a gentler yoga experience, a restorative class may be just what you need.

So which one is right for you? Well that answer to that question depends on what you’re hoping to achieve from your practice. I, personally, enjoy incorporating a variety of yoga styles into my practice depending on what my body needs or craves on a particular day. My advice to those curious or beginner yogis is try out a variety of classes in a variety of styles to find a class that suits your needs! Yoga can be an extremely personal and intimate experience and it may take some trial and error before finding a class that fulfills what you are looking for. No matter what class or style you end up choosing, know that it is always YOUR yoga practice and YOUR yoga journey. Be sure to always tune in to your body and respect any limitations you may have.


The L’ifestyle Lounge – Bergen County’s Self-Care Center

The L’ifestyle Lounge – Bergen County’s Self-Care Center

lifestyleloungelogoIt is with great warmth and joy to introduce you to Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition’s latest labor of love –

the L’ifestyle Lounge in Closter, NJ.

It is has been a dream to create a safe place to breathe, move and just be for both children and adults – free from judgment whether it be about body size or shape; free from diet talk and detoxes and free from sensory overload while being filled with wellness modalities that encompass the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Well, this is the beginning. As of January 1st, 2017 the L’ifestyle Lounge will open it’s doors to all.

Services will include:

Yoga, Mindfulness and Nutrition Counseling

  • For children and teens with developmental delays
  • For tweens and teens wanting to develop a healthy relationship with food and body
  • For individuals with different body types and fear of moving in their own skin
  • For moms and their tots ready to build the foundation for little yogis
  • For fifty and up to move with their bodies – not against.
  • For those who just want to rock on their mat, sweat and glow!
  • For those needing a safe space to just be. 


Staff will include registered dietitians, specializing in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders as well as nutrition and mindfulness for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, diabetes and family nutrition. Yoga and mindfulness staff will include registered yoga teachers (RYT 200 to 500) and mindfulness experts.

Below is a list of classes offered starting January 16th. Book your class or your child’s class now – and get a start on the new year with new intentions.


For Kids and Adults:

For children and teens with developmental delays wanting a safe, inclusive place to just be. This is a class to learn mindfulness, yoga poses and develop a sense of self worth. Please email Megan@LauraCipullo.com to determine which Foundations class best meets you or your child’s needs. Foundations offers 3 levels of class depending on age and individual needs: Just Me, 5 Senses, Self Care.

*8 week or *16 weeks

EmpowHER 11- 14
For tweens and teens wanting to develop a healthy relationship with food and body. This class is a moving meditation on the yoga mat while teaching girls to accept their mind/body and honor its’ cue’s off the mat. Two sessions will include mindful eating and nutrition by a Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition and L’ifestyle Lounge Registered Dietitian. Think compassion and kindness!

*8 weeks or *16 weeks

EmpowHER 15- 18
Empower yourselves now. Learn to develop a healthy relationship with food and body. This class is a moving mediation on the yoga mat while teaching adolescents to accept their mind/body and honor its’ cue’s off the mat. Two sessions will include mindful eating and nutrition by a Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition and L’ifestyle Lounge Registered Dietitian. Think compassion and kindness!

*8 weeks or *16 weeks

Wise Warriors 8-11
Yoga for boys! Build confidence and learn the best tool in life – your breath. Boys will learn yoga basics while gaining strength of the mind and body. Each class will consist of poses and of mindfulness. Like a reed, each individual needs to be grounded yet flexible with whatever the winds blows in. Build resilience.

*8 weeks or *16 weeks

Wise Warriors 12-16
Learn to ground yourself, but then be flexible. Wise Warriors teaches older boys to root down so that they may rise up in this world with self-confidence, and self-acceptance. This is the no judgment zone. Leave bias at the door and come with an open mind. There will be a cardio element to class.

*8 weeks or * 16 weeks

For individuals with larger body types and or a fear of moving in your own skin. This is the perfect class if you fear the gym and or have never experienced yoga on or off the mat. Come with a compassionate mind and get ready to find your pride. This is the beginning of self-care.

*8 weeks or *16 weeks

Little Gods and Goddesses (ages 2-4 and 5-7)
For moms and their tots ready to build a foundation for little yogis to love their bodies, move with bodies and of course breathe with their bellies.

*8 weeks or *16 weeks

Aging Gracefully
For fifty and up to move with their bodies – not against. Gentle yoga with progressive relaxation to ease your worries. Inhale peace and exhale stress. Wear comfy clothes and bring a mat.

*8 weeks or *16 weeks

Rock, Sweat and Glow
Rock on your mat, sweat and glow! This is the hip, happening yoga class the beats to best tunes to achieve your health goals. This vinyasa class will have you breathe and bend to build internal heat. Melt away your worries, and inspire your dreams while you find your path in this moving mediation. You will leave happy and one step closer to your own nirvana. Open to all levels.

Breathe and Bend /Ashtanga Inspired
Inhale and exhale. Open and close. Bind your breath with your body. This class will teach how to yoga on your mat and off your mat. This is an ashtanga inspired class that will build strength, energy and a sense of compassion. Open to all levels.


Reserve a cushion and just chill out. Join our 30 – 45 minute mindfulness meditations. Mindfulness can decrease your counter regulatory hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. Turn off the outside world and tune in to your breath. This is about you and you only.

Letting Go
Let go of your stress – envision your worries on a leaf, floating down the river. Close your eyes and inhale inner peace, because this is what this session will do for you. This is you practicing self-care!

5 Senses
Whether you are eating, walking, loving or working, learn to make it a mindful experience. Each session will engage your senses whether it is sight, smell, sound, touch, or taste. Close your eyes and be in the moment. Just be in our safe space for self-care.

Compassion and kindness will change your life and the lives of those around you. Let our facilitator walk you through a breathing exercise, guided imagery and even silence. This time is meant for you to unwind, and get a sense of clarity so that you can leave your cushion fresh and ready to embrace each moment of the day.


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