quiz: which yoga style best suits your personality?

yoga personality quiz

With so many yoga styles on offer – Ashtanga, Iyengar Yoga, Restorative, Vinyasa and Kundalini to name but a few – it can be overwhelming and confusing to choose one you might like, especially if you are a beginner.

Help is at hand in the form of our Yoga Manager Genny Wilkinson-Priest, who has developed a quick quiz to help you choose a style that’s right for you. We admit it’s not very scientific, but there is some truth to the fact that certain personality types are drawn to certain styles of yoga.

As Genny says, “I’m an Ashtanga student – typically we are type-As, obsessive and driven by results. We feel disjointed when we miss a day’s practice, and in idle time, we think about how to deepen our backbends (yes, we are that sad).”

So, which style best suits you? Take our quiz to find out…

We think you might enjoy Iyengar Yoga with its strong cultivation of alignment and attention to detail. Iyengar Yoga practitioners are lovingly labeled OCD-types as the placement of the toes and tilt of the pelvis must be just-so. Iyengar Yogis tend to enjoy intellectual stimulation and are responsible, analytical, and hard working.

We think you might enjoy Iyengar Yoga with its strong cultivation of alignment and attention to detail. Iyengar Yoga practitioners are lovingly labeled OCD-types as the placement of the toes and tilt of the pelvis must be just-so. Iyengar Yogis tend to enjoy intellectual stimulation and are responsible, analytical, and hard working.

We think you might like to practice Scaravelli, as practitioners of this style like to think independently but are open-minded and exploratory. Scaravelli adopts a softer approach as practitioners are invited to move according to how the postures feel. Scaravelli practitioners are spontaneous and analytical.

We think you might like to practice Scaravelli, as practitioners of this style like to think independently but are open-minded and exploratory. Scaravelli adopts a softer approach as practitioners are invited to move according to how the postures feel. Scaravelli practitioners are spontaneous and analytical.

Sensitive, creative, reserved and idealistic types like you would like Feldenkrais where the range of motion in the body is expanded and connections between the brain and body are reorganized by drawing attention to habitual movement patterns in slow, gentle and repeated movements.

Sensitive, creative, reserved and idealistic types like you would like Feldenkrais where the range of motion in the body is expanded and connections between the brain and body are reorganized by drawing attention to habitual movement patterns in slow, gentle and repeated movements.

Gentle, sensitive and easily-stressed people would enjoy a Restorative or Yin class. These personality types, who seek to create a personal environment that is beautiful and practical, would enjoy Restorative Yoga where the body sinks into well-supported postures over bolsters, blankets and blocks.

Innovative, independent and strategic people, INTJ types might enjoy Yin Yoga, a style of yoga that targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Initially, Yin might seem a passive, gentle style but the postures are held for long periods of time and becomes very challenging. Yin practitioners tend to be driven by their own original ideas in order to achieve improvements.

You are efficient, outgoing, analytical and systematic. You are effective at organizing and like to plan ahead. Dynamic Ashtanga is for you – the set sequence never deviates from its pattern and logically progresses from standing to seated postures to backbends. This personality type likes to run the show and get things done in an orderly fashion.

You are efficient, outgoing, analytical and systematic. You are effective at organizing and like to plan ahead. Dynamic Ashtanga is for you – the set sequence never deviates from its pattern and logically progresses from standing to seated postures to backbends. This personality type likes to run the show and get things done in an orderly fashion.

Vinyasa Flow would match this personality type – those who are outgoing, playful, friendly and spontaneous. Unlike Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow moves in a creative, spontaneous manner where sequences can be intricate and are ever-changing. Vinyasa Flow practitioners are pragmatic problem solvers and have a strong common sense.

Vinyasa Flow would match this personality type – those who are outgoing, playful, friendly and spontaneous. Unlike Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow moves in a creative, spontaneous manner where sequences can be intricate and are ever-changing. Vinyasa Flow practitioners are pragmatic problem solvers and have a strong common sense.

Enthusiastic, creative and optimistic people would enjoy a Jivamukti practice. Jivmukti students are playful and find inspiration in this style’s chanting practices, its creative sequencing and the yoga philosophy typically woven throughout. This personality type sees not just their highest potential and also spot it easily in others.

As you are friendly, reliable and like to be active and productive, you would enjoy a General Yoga class. General Yoga practitioners do not conform to the “rules” of any one school but rather blend a range of influences for a well-rounded practice, one that is neither so full of movement or so static. You are even in mind and in body.

Caring, enthusiastic and idealistic people are drawn to Kundalini Yoga, a technology that leads to a profound sense of personal transformation though strong breathing practices, meditation and asana. Kundalini students are skilled communicators who value connections with other people.

You are an intuitive extrovert who is motivated by a desire to understand and improve the world you like in. As an outgoing and analytical person, we think you would like Anusara, as it combines a dynamic flowing style with an emphasis on universal principles of alignment. Anusara focuses on experiencing bliss and joy in your yoga practice and your daily life, and is suitable for all experience levels.

If you would like to be in with the chance of winning one month of free Anusara classes (plus every other yoga style on our schedule), simply enter your email below. One winner will be drawn at random on 30 November 2017.

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