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Which Type of Yoga Should You Practice? Take the Quiz to Find Out

Alexa Erickson
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Yoga has made quite a name for itself in the Western world, and not just because it can give you a cute yoga butt! Yoga has been proven to boost mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall health. But with a seemingly endless amount of disciplines and class types to choose from, how can you be sure which one is right for you?
 
Thankfully, this isn’t your middle school P.E. class we’re talking about. You actually have a choice as an adult. And with so many personalities out there, it’s no wonder yoga studios continue to offer more and more variety in the types of classes they offer.
 
Perhaps you enjoy a little upbeat tunes with your yoga flow, or a little sweat with your stretch. Maybe you love to try new things and constantly be challenged. Or maybe you love structure and consistency so you know what to expect each time you step onto the mat. If you’re not aware of how your personality fits into yoga, you might end up feeling bored and restless.
 
There are an impressive amount of different yoga disciplines out there. In this article, we cover some (of the many) styles available for you to try out based on your unique attributes.
 
Below are six mainstream styles of yoga that this yoga personality quiz encompasses:
 
For a gentle introduction or passive approach to open you up and stretch you out through physical postures, there’s Yin Yoga, Gentle Hatha, and Restorative – all of which hold poses and stretches for extended periods of time.
 
For a more physical flow that connects breath to movement through a set series of asanas, there’s Ashtanga Yoga.
 
Vinyasa Flow also connects breath to movement, incorporating a more creative sequence, and Power Yoga takes it to the next level, flowing fiercely through poses to build internal heat and strength.
 
For a dynamic blend of spiritual and physical, there’s Kundalini Yoga, which incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation and chanting.
 
Bikram Yoga is characterized by a set series of postures and breathing exercises, performed in a room heated up to 105 degrees.
 
AcroYoga is a dynamic partner practice that combines yoga and acrobatics, and would be great for anyone looking to boost their creative spirit by connecting with another individual.
 

 

Take the quiz and find out which style of yoga best fits your preferences and lifestyle!

 

1. What’s your level of experience practicing yoga?

A. I wear yoga pants regularly, but I’ve never practiced
B. I’ve tried it a handful of times, and know how to chaturanga. That’s a Sanskrit word, right?!
C. I’m about to roll out my mat as we speak . . .
D. I’ve practiced yoga plenty, and like it as a workout
E. I’m an inversion junkie
 

2. How would you gauge your level of fitness overall?

A. Sweating is scary
B. I like working out as a whole, and feel fairly versatile in the exercises I do
C. I work out regularly, and feel I’m in decent shape
D. I enjoy working out every day, and want a body that reflects this
E. I thrive on building muscle strength to help advance my practice
 

3. Are you looking to become more spiritual in your yoga practice?

A. I just want a style that is simple to understand for someone new to the practice
B. I like a little bit of everything, so yes!
C. I’m already fairly spiritual, and want to deepen this aspect of my practice
D. Not really. I’d like to keep my yoga practice focused on the physical aspect
E. I’m a spiritual gangster
 

4. Do you want to move through poses quickly, or dig deep and hold for longer?

A. A slow speed is more my style
B. I prefer a mix between the two
C. I’m all about that flow
D. So long as I can feel the burn in one way or another, it doesn’t matter to me!
E. Some days I want to hold a pose for longer to strengthen my muscles, and other times I really need to focus on getting my heart rate up
 

5. How frequently are you looking to practice yoga?

A. Once a week is perfect for me
B. As much as it takes for the philosophies of yoga to reflect in certain aspects of my life
C. As much as it takes to develop a mind-body-spirit connection both on and off my mat
D. I haven’t decided yet! I’m just enjoying my practice for what it is at the moment
E. Yoga reflects my diet, my lifestyle and my fitness routine every day
 

6. Are you looking to fulfill your adventurous side through creative asanas and sequences, or are you looking to keep your practice simple and structured?

A. I’d prefer to reserve adventure for other areas in my life and use yoga as my time to get back to the basics
B. I like a fine balance between a little adventure, and a little grounding
C. I’d like a bit of both to help me deepen my knowledge of the practice
D. As long as I’m breaking a sweat, I’m down for the cause!
E. I prefer practicing tricky poses and out-of-the-box sequences
 

7. Do you have a go-to yoga pose that you consider your favorite?

A. Savasana please!
B. I’m a big fan of standing balancing postures
C. Warrior II makes me feel strong from the inside out
D. I’d hover in Chaturanga all day if I could
E. Forearm balance is where it’s at
 

8. When you’ve rolled up your mat after practice, what is the #1 thing you hope to have gained?

A. I want to feel peaceful to help me balance the stresses of normal life
B. I want to feel uplifted and ready to take on the day
C. I want to feel like I accomplished something
D. I want to feel like I worked my body to the max
E. I want to feel like I tested my boundaries to advance my practice
 

The results are in!

 

If you got mostly A’s:

Yoga is likely new to you. You may also be looking for a gentle way to stay active or stretch out as a means for alleviating injury-related issues, balancing mental instabilities, or are looking to ease your way back into it after a life event like childbirth. You might enjoy a basic, peaceful and passive practice, so we recommend you try Yin Yoga, Gentle Hatha or Restorative Yoga.
 

If you got mostly B’s:

You’ve tried yoga before, and have no issues that you’re trying to overcome physically – you’re simply looking to learn more about the practice on a spiritual and physical level. Our guess is you’ll enjoy Vinyasa Yoga or Hatha Yoga.
 

If you got mostly C’s:

You have a firm grasp on the practice of yoga, and are looking to deepen your practice spiritually and physically to reflect your overall lifestyle. You might want to try Ashtanga Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, or perhaps even sign up for a yoga teacher training.
 

If you got mostly D’s:

You’re a fitness fanatic who loves a good challenge and a decent sweat. Working out is a pastime – not a chore! You like to practice yoga because it’s one of the many ways you can switch up your routine, but the spiritual aspect is not appealing to you. You might want to try Power Yoga or Bikram Yoga.
 

If you got mostly E’s:

You’re a diehard yogi who enjoys both the physical and spiritual aspects the practice brings you. Because you practice yoga so much, it’s important that you feel inspired and challenged. You might want to try AcroYoga, Ashtanga Yoga, a yoga teacher training, or perhaps even get out on the water and try Paddleboard Yoga!
 
Whether you’re brand new to yoga or have been hitting up classes regularly, it’s important to find a style that jives with your personality and your goals. You might be someone who prefers power and sweat, or perhaps like things relaxed and laidback. Whatever your intention, there’s likely a yoga style for you.
 

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Alexa Erickson

Inspired by balance, Alexa finds that her true inner peace comes from executing a well-rounded lifestyle. An avid yogi, hiker, beach bum, music and art enthusiast, salad aficionado, adventure seeker, animal lover, and professional writer, she is an active individual who loves to express herself through the power of words.

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