Navigating the diverse world of yoga can be overwhelming when faced with an array of styles, each offering its own unique benefits and challenges. At HAUM Studio, we strive to provide a wide range of yoga classes that cater to practitioners of all levels, backgrounds, and personal interests. With this guide, we aim to demystify the different yoga styles available at our studio, making it easier for you to find a practice that resonates with your individual goals and preferences.

Discovering Your Ideal Yoga Style at HAUM Studio

1. Hatha: The Foundation of Balance and Strength

Hatha Yoga is a traditional practice designed to promote balance, strength, and flexibility through a combination of gentle poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. A typical Hatha class at HAUM Studio offers a slower-paced practice with longer holds, allowing you ample time to refine your alignment and deepen your connection with your breath.

Ideal for: Beginners seeking a solid foundation, individuals looking for a balanced and meditative practice, and those in search of stress relief and enhanced flexibility.


2. Vinyasa: A Creative Flow of Movement and Breath

Vinyasa, often referred to as “Flow Yoga”, is a dynamic and creative practice that links breath to movement, encouraging fluid transitions between postures. Each Vinyasa class at HAUM Studio offers a unique sequence of asanas, allowing for variety and the opportunity to explore new shapes and dynamics within your practice. This style focuses on developing strength, flexibility, and balance while promoting a deep connection with your breath.

Ideal for: Individuals who thrive in a fluid, creative practice; practitioners seeking a workout that focuses on strength, flexibility, and balance; and those who enjoy a more energetic flow.


3. Power Flow: Ignite Your Fire and Build Strength

Power Flow strikes a sweet balance of strength training and mindfulness. Designed for those looking to build heat and test their limits, this class features a high-energy asana flow seamlessly intertwined with the breath to create a meditative dance to enhance strength, stability, flexibility, and focus. 

Ideal for: Fitness enthusiasts seeking a rigorous workout; those looking to develop strength, endurance, and stamina; and practitioners interested in exploring more advanced asanas.


4. Restorative : Restore and Revitalize Your Mind and Body

Restorative Yoga is a nurturing practice that utilizes supportive props like bolsters, blankets, and blocks to assist you in comfortably holding poses for extended periods. This gentle, calming style is focused on deep relaxation and the release of physical and emotional tension. In HAUM Studio’s restorative classes, you will be guided through a series of restful prop supported postures that encourage mindfulness and inner peace. 

Ideal for: Anyone who needs a reprieve from stress or physical discomfort; individuals experiencing chronic pain or recovering from injury; and those seeking deep relaxation and increased body awareness.

5. Slow Flow: The Yogic Blend of Effort and Ease

HAUM’s Slow Flow classes are a yogic blend of effort and ease designed to create a powerful yet calming practice. In these sweet, sweaty classes, you can expect to hold specific poses while utilizing your breath and props to support your practice. 

Ideal for: All yoga practitioners, especially maturing yogis and those working through injuries.


6. Slow Medicine Flow: An energetic cleanse

HAUM’s Slow Medicine Flow is based on the principle “Less is More.” In this nourishing class, you will explore the internal landscape & awaken to your intuitive felt sense; expect a gentle flow imbued with restorative elements to nourish the nervous system & cleanse your energy. This guided experience will infuse aspects of movement medicine, breathwork, & meditation for self soothing. 

Ideal for: Students looking to rebalance their energy meridians, build their prana (breathwork practice), and expand their consciousness. 


7. Yoga Nidra + Sound Healing

Yoga Nidra is the yogi’s sleep, but this class is so much more than an adult time-out! HAUM’s Yoga Nidra will guide your body into a deeply relaxed state while you remain observant of your subtle body. Through gentle movements, pranayama (breathwork), coordinated awareness, and sound, you will travel into layers of yourself that are not often available during the daily grind. 

Ideal for: With the potential to expand consciousness and unlock creativity, this class is a favorite for artists, seekers, and those looking for a better quality of sleep.

Unlock Your Potential: Start Your Practice at HAUM Studio

Now that you’ve gained familiarity with these essential yoga poses, you’re well-prepared for the rewarding journey ahead as you embark on your yoga practice. At HAUM Studio, we strive to ensure every student, from beginners to seasoned practitioners, feels welcomed and encouraged to explore personal growth and transformation.Our experienced instructors are dedicated to providing guidance tailored to your individual needs, empowering you to progress in your practice confidently and safely.

Embrace the transformative power of yoga and connect with our supportive community by signing up for your first class with our yoga studios in San Francisco. We look forward to sharing your yoga journey and celebrating your growth at HAUM Studio. Namaste!