Yoga may seem like a recent trend, but its roots extend far beyond the last few decades. And, with such a rich history, it’s not surprising that there are so many different types of yoga available today. It’s wonderful as a student to have so many different options but figuring out the right style for you can be a bit daunting.
Here’s the Kula Athletic guide to some of our favorite forms of yoga, plus a little bit of fashion advice to make sure you’ve got the right yoga clothes for your first class.
For many of us, the idea of exercising in a hot room sounds like pure torture. But, if you can open your mind to a little bit of sweat and discomfort, you’ll be amazed at all the benefits Bikram has to offer.
This high heat, plus the standardized flow of 26 poses, will make you feel completely flushed of toxins by the end of your practice. You’re also sure to have some weight loss and muscle toning after just a few weeks of consistent attendance.
Because this practice is so hot, we recommend women’s activewear that is moisture wicking with short sleeves and pants.
When you think of the yogi flowing through a sun salutation quickly and fluidly, the image you’re conjuring up is one of Vinyasa. This style is characterized by constant motion dictated by the flow of breath.
The smooth movements may look effortless but don’t be fooled, this form of yoga requires a higher level of endurance and concentration than some other styles.
The yoga clothes that are best for Vinyasa are high-waisted exercise leggings that will move with you like our Havana Compression. After all, you don’t want to interrupt your flow because you have to pull up your waistband.
In many ways, Hatha yoga looks similar to Vinyasa, but maybe at a slightly slower pace. This practice is great for beginners or anyone recovering from an injury.
Like Vinyasa, you want your activewear to be flexible. But, because the practice may be less intense, you don’t have to worry so much about the stay-in-place waistband.
If you find yourself in a Yin class by accident, you’ll know right away. Because whereas the other forms we’ve mentioned are centered around flow and movement, Yin is based on the Taoist principle of stability.
So, in this practice, you’ll be focused on staying in a few poses for a significant amount of time. Because the goal here is remain in the moment and explore inner tranquility, your yoga clothes shouldn’t be a source of distraction. Instead, choose your comfiest activewear and enjoy the present like our exceptional soft handle Willow Bra.
Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced yoga class or something more gentle, there are plenty of different styles for you to try. Give a shout out to Kula Athletic to let us know what's your favourite type of yoga!