Introduction to Yoga


Yoga is one of our core products here at Digme and we have two beautiful Yoga studios in Bank and Covent Garden. However, if you're new to yoga, it can be quite overwhelming as there are so many different types.

What is Yoga?


Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "yuj" which means "to unite or join." Yoga is a practice that aims to bring together the individual self with the universal self, and to bring about a sense of balance and harmony in the body, mind, and spirit.

What are the different types of Yoga?


There are many different types of yoga, each with its own unique focus and approach. Some of the most popular types of yoga include:

  1. Hatha Yoga: This is the most traditional and widely practiced form of yoga. It emphasizes the physical practice of yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama).

  2. Vinyasa Yoga: This type of yoga is also known as flow yoga. It is characterized by a continuous flow of movement, linking breath and movement.

  3. Ashtanga Yoga: This is a dynamic and physically demanding form of yoga that follows a set sequence of postures.

  4. Iyengar Yoga: This type of yoga emphasizes precision and alignment in the practice of yoga postures. Props, such as blocks and straps, are often used to help achieve proper alignment.

  5. Bikram Yoga: This is a hot yoga practice, it is practiced in a heated room, normally to around to 105°F (40.6°C), and ideally with humidity of 40%.

  6. Kundalini Yoga: Kundalini focuses on awakening and harnessing the energy at the base of the spine (the kundalini energy). It includes a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and mantras.

  7. Restorative Yoga: This type of yoga is all about relaxation. It is a gentle form of yoga that uses props, such as blankets and bolsters, to support the body in restful poses.

  8. Yoga Nidra: Nidra is a form of guided meditation, often practiced in savasana. It is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, during which the practitioner remains aware.

These are just a few examples of the many different types of yoga that are available. It's important to find a style that resonates with you and meets your individual needs. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop into studio or reach out to our amazing team to ask more! 

Geoff Bamber
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Geoff is Chief Executive Office of Digme Fitness. He is a former hedge fund manager and keen amateur triathlete. He has completed 10 Ironman triathlon races, including the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.