Workout fads come and go so often it’s hard to keep track these days, but virtually no other activity has endured the test of time quite like yoga. After all, it’s been around for more than 5,000 years, and there’s no signs of slowing down just yet — not when trendy studios keep popping up, and yoga gear has seen an all-time high in sales. 

The benefits of yoga have been raved about by fanatical millennials and self-professed yogis for almost a decade now, and for good reason. Stress relief and relaxation are two of its most common benefits, but beyond these immediate returns are rewards that go much deeper. Elevated self-esteem, reduction in chronic pain, and increased flexibility are a few of the many science-backed advantages of practising the ancient “sport”.

But perhaps the hardest part about being a novice wannabe yogi is choosing the right class. Skim the class schedule at any studio or gym, and you’ll notice words that sound more like medieval spells than yoga styles . Should you start with a Vinyasa class, or hop onboard the Bikram bandwagon first? Besides trust us, you’ll want to know what you’re getting into before you step into a hot yoga studio.

Here’s a breakdown of the most common yoga styles you’ll come across now.