Yoga is known for its many benefits, but also for its wide variety of styles and disciplines. It’s not always easy to know which type of yoga best suits your lifestyle and fitness goals. So we present the main categories of yoga based on different objectives. It’s up to you to choose the one that’s right for you!

To Tone Muscles and Build Strength

There are two styles of yoga that help tone muscles and build strength: ashtangayoga and power yoga.

Ashtanga yoga consists of a series of six athletic poses performed by synchronizing breath and movement. This dynamic and quite physical yoga is ideal for someone who wants to work their muscles. The intense movements produce an internal heat that removes toxins from muscles and organs, improving circulation and increasing muscle tone.

Power yogais similar to Ashtanga, but it uses breathing as a starting point. This yoga builds muscles and can also be practiced in a heated room.

In terms of clothing, you should wear stretchable fabrics that won’t restrict your movements. These types of yoga sessions are more like a physical workout than a meditation session. So make sure your clothes are comfortable and breathable. Opt for a lightweight camisole and make sure your sports bra provides good support.

Thanks to its knit fabric, New Balance’s Seasonless short sleeve shirt is the perfect balance between warmth and breathability.

To Lose Weight and Improve Cardio

Bikramis a type of hot yoga that is great for weight loss. Very beneficial when combined with a muscle or cardio training program, this discipline relaxes your muscles to improve flexibility. As the name suggests, hot yoga takes place in a room heated at around 40°C, with a humidity level of around 40%. It may take a few sessions to get used to it— be prepare to sweat a lot! Don’t forget a large water bottle and a towel to spread on your mat.

The clothes you wear for hot yoga should breathe and dry quickly. The ReebokWorkout Ready ACTIVCHILLtank top is just what you need—its soft fabric is sure to keep you cool.

Choose LornaJane’s Energized Core tights. Their large mesh panels help improve air circulation. If your legs feel a little claustrophobic, go with the shorts!

Initiation to Yoga or Recovering from an Injury

Often practiced by beginners, hatha yoga is the most traditional form of yoga. Grouping different postures, breathing techniques and meditation, it gives a good overview of the founding principals of yoga.

Iyengar yoga is derived from hatha yoga. It focuses on the accuracy of movement and alignment of posture. Very technical and progressive, it is ideal if you are recovering from an injury or have slight health problems.

For these types of yoga, it’s best to choose your outfit according to where you practice. You may not be as hot as with other types of yoga, so wear layers that you can remove, as needed.

Layer a soft, lightweight Peggy Karma tank top over your sports bra.

Over your tank top or t-shirt, try Alo Yoga’s Glimpse yoga sweater. Perfect during the yoga session and on your return home.

Whichever yoga you choose, make sure it’s one that suits your needs and goals, and most of all, one that you’ll enjoy for a long time.