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If the fun of running the Royal Mile is starting to wear thin, maybe it’s time to find a gentler way to get into shape. The ancient discipline of yoga mixes spiritual enrichment with toning exercises that are easy to learn, hard to master. For fitness fanatics across the capital, yoga classes can be a great way to meet people and try something new. Groupon can get you started with vouchers on Edinburgh yoga classes near you, equipment and more.

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Yoga in Edinburgh: things to know before you go

We answer the latest questions being asked about practicing yoga and yoga classes in Edinburgh and further afield.

Which are the most popular types of yoga?

There are many different styles of yoga, each featuring their own stretches, trademark breathing exercises and even different equipment to master. Whether taking part at your local gym classes in Edinburgh or trying out a DVD at home. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Vinyasa yoga. This style aims to link breath with movement, performing postures in a flowing dance-like sequence.
  • Bikram yoga. These classes of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises always take place in a heated room.
  • Aerial yoga. A modern style of yoga with traditional poses, performed with the use of a hammock.
  • Iyengar yoga. This slow style uses props to help you achieve postures correctly, working on alignment using breath control.
  • Ashtanga yoga. A structured challenging style that requires you to master a sequence of poses before moving up to the next stage.

Is it safe to do yoga during pregnancy?

The NHS recommends gentle exercise such as yoga during pregnancy as being good for both you and your baby. The stretching and breathing exercises during prenatal yoga can help you manage your weight, keep you fit and prepare you for labour.

Certain types of yoga and postures are not suitable during pregnancy, so it’s important to choose a qualified practitioner to guide you – check out gyms in Edinburgh and find one that offers the support you need. You can find out more from the British Wheel of Yoga, Sport England's Governing Body for yoga.

What is aerial yoga?

Aerial yoga is a fun modern style that incorporates the use of a prop – a silk hammock – to help you achieve a wide variety of poses and postures. The hammock is suspended from the ceiling about a metre from the floor, working as a swing to support forward and backward bends.

It improves your balance, strengthens your legs, arms and core, and can also help to decompress your spine – which is great for your body if you’re sat at a desk in the city centre five days a week. Enjoy the freedom of movement offered by performing postures suspended in mid-air that you may normally find difficult to achieve on the mat.

What should I expect at a hot yoga class?

Even if you're a well-practised yogi, Bikram yoga can be a challenging class. At Bikram Yoga in Edinburgh, they make it easier with equipment to rent so you’re always fully prepared. We look at what you might expect at a Bikram yoga (otherwise known as hot yoga) class:

  • It really is hot yoga. Bikram yoga is practised in a heated room, from 35-43 degrees C, with 40% humidity.
  • You'll get used to the heat. It feels very intense to begin with, but your body will adjust to the temperature.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. These classes are designed to help you sweat, so stay hydrated to maintain focus and concentration.
  • Bring a towel or two. You're likely to sweat a lot, so cover your mat with a towel to practise postures safely and have one spare to wipe down with.
  • Take your time. It can take a while to get used to these classes, so listen to your body and take it at your own pace.