Nine types of Yoga in Nashville

By Emily Cardel on 2nd Oct 2019

 Yoga has come a long way in the past few years. Take a look at any studio’s schedule and you’ll see so many different types of yoga, from Ashtanga yoga and Restorative yoga to Bikram yoga and Kundalini yoga. Emily Cardel explains what they are and where you can find practitioners in the Nashville area.

Whether you’re someone who prefers a more physically demanding class or someone who prefers an easy, relaxing, meditative class, there is a yoga class out there for you! With many different variations of the practice, as noted below, we recommend giving a few styles a try before picking one to stick with.

Aerial Yoga

What it is: The “new kid on the block”, Aerial yoga combines traditional yoga with moves inspired by pilates, dance and acrobatics. It uses a hammock to allow students to perform postures that they may not ordinarily be able to attempt on the yoga mat. The hammock supports your body in the poses and allows your body to work against gravity, helping you get deeper into stretches. Aerial yoga can make a big difference in your flexibility, strength, and mental health.

Where to find it:

Studio Goddess

1.800.373.4646

Ashtanga Yoga

What it is: Ashtanga is a dynamic, physically demanding practice that synchronizes breath and movement to produce an internal heat designed to purify the body. Ashtanga literally means “eight-limbs” and by practicing each of the limbs all of the impurities in the body and mind are destroyed. This particular style of yoga is great for toning the body and building core strength. 

Where to find it:

Steadfast and True Yoga

1325 3rd Ave N

Nashville, TN 37208

 

Bikram Yoga

What it is: Bikram Yoga is a form of Hatha yoga. The difference between the two involves sweat, and a lot of it. Most classes are held in heated rooms and kept at high humidity. However, Bikram yoga is not hot yoga. The Bikram practice involves repeating the same 26 poses in set cycles over a 90-minute class. The poses were chosen by founder Bikram Choudhury from classic hatha poses and are designed to “systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of your body, to each organ and fiber,” according to the official Bikram yoga site

Where to find it:

Hot Yoga of East Nashville

(615) 678-8079

 

Hatha Yoga

What it isHatha is a Sanskrit word that means “force,” and translates to “movement or meaning.” It includes the practice of basic yoga postures combined with breathing exercises. The purpose of Hatha is to 1) help bring peace to the mind and body and 2) help prepare the body for deeper spiritual practices. The postures you do can strengthen the body and the meditations you take part in can help focus and calm the mind. Whether or not you work up a sweat in a hatha yoga class, you will end up leaving class feeling looser and more relaxed.

Where to find it:

Lotus Blooming Yoga

(615) 915-0798

 

Hot Yoga

What it is: Hot Yoga is a style of yoga performed in hot (usually over 100 degrees) and humid conditions. Bikram yoga is popular within the hot yoga community. Many people find hot yoga to be a great stress reliever and a challenge, both mentally and physically. Because of its intensity and potential to cause heat-related illness, hot yoga isn’t for everyone. Be sure you check with your doctor before trying hot yoga if you have any health concerns.

Where to find it:

Hot Yoga of East Nashville

(615) 678-8079

 

Kundalini Yoga

What it is: Kundalini, in Hinduism refers to a form of primal energy said to be located at the base of the spine. Kundalini Yoga is an uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga combines movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras. The goal of this specific practice is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.

Where to find it:

Kundalini Rising Yoga

(615) 473-3467

 

Prenatal Yoga

What it is: Prenatal yoga encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing for pregnant women. These techniques help soon-to-be moms build community, feel more relaxed, and most importantly, connect with their baby.

Where to find it:

Blooma Nashville

615) 797-8064

 

Restorative Yoga

What it is: Typically involving only five to six poses, Restorative Yoga focuses on the centering of one’s breath and body by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. Props are usually included to help assist in holding poses longer. The benefits of this style far outweigh downtime at home.

Where to find it:

BlossOMing Yoga

(917) 691-2385

 

Vinyasa Yoga

What it is: Simply put, Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga, Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath.  In Vinyasa, no two classes are the exact same.

Where to find it:

Shakti Power Yoga

(615) 942-8100

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