Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

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Yoga Society’s Social Secretary, Alice Loveys Jervoise, translates what the different styles of Yoga mean.

Intimidated by the complex sounding-names? This handy guide from The Yoga Society explains the different types of yoga to help you choose which is best for you. Whichever style you choose, you’re sure to feel the amazing health benefits yoga has to offer.

Ashtanga Yoga:

If you want to work up a sweat, build strength and tone, then this is the class for you. This class will take you through a series of sun salutations to build incredible strength, flexibility and endurance for the body. It will also give you a sense of stillness in your mind. This is an energetic class that literally warms you up, creating heat from within. This enables your body to stretch and open up.

Vinyasa Flow:

Vinyasa Yoga encompasses a sequence of postures and stretches designed to release tension through movement, as well as building strength. This style of yoga synchronises

movement with breathing.

Kundalini Yoga:

Known as the “yoga of awareness”. This practice focuses on awakening kundalini energy in the body through a series of meditation, breathing exercises, chanting and yoga postures. It is a gentler class, although still provides a good workout for the body and mind.

Rocket Yoga:

Rocket yoga is practiced to lively music at an energetic pace. It is slow enough to ensure you have the correct alignment, but quick enough to get the heart pumping and achieve a real work out for your whole body. As with

Ashtanga Yoga, you flow from one posture to the next using the breath to relax your minds.

All information and regular updates are posted on the ‘LUU Yoga Society’ Facebook page.

See you on the mat!

About the Society: 

With over 480 members, the Yoga Society has grown rapidly since it was set up 4 years ago. It puts on classes everyday at the University, which are all taught by

professional teachers from the best studios around Leeds. They have a light-hearted, fun approach to yoga. Classes are open to all levels, so beginners are welcome to come to class at any time within the term. They promise to have you touching your toes withing a few sessions.

Special events: 

Yoga hold regular socials, such as monthly superfood

afternoon teas in the Hidden Cafe and hot yoga workshops on the weekend.


£5 for the year, with classes costing an additional £3 for students and £5 for non-students. They are easily the cheapest place to practise yoga in Leeds. All equipment is provided, so you can just turn up to each class (no need to book).

If you fancy a good stretch contact for more information.


Alice Loveys Jervoise


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