Which Yoga Is Right For You?

Use our chart to find the form of yoga that suits your needs and temperament.

 
Hatha Yoga Styles
Ashtanga
"X-treme" yoga 
Let's Get Physical
This yoga style, which features fast bursts of movement, provides an intense workout. It's definitely not for beginners. In fact, it's generally recommended for those under 35--maybe 40 if you're a serious athlete or professional dancer.
Bikram's
For the young & fit 
The "Hottest" Yoga Around
www.bikramyoga.com If you want to play it cool, then try another yoga school. This one is rigorous, with sessions moving through 26 poses twice, in studios where the temperature hovers around 110 degrees.
Iyengar
Perfec-
tionist's delight
 
The Jesuit Yoga
If you like precision and discipline, then this is your yoga home. Founded by BKS Iyengar, www.bksiyengar.comthe method has received criticism for being too "gymnastic" and focused on technique. Others say Iyengar is simply more of a purist, traditional style of practice.
Kundalini
Caution: high voltage 
Serpent Power
The main goal of Kundalini yoga is to raise the energy at the base of the spine, sometimes referred to as the serpent power, to the crown chakra through breathing, sound, and hand positions. The energy is powerful and without proper guidance can cause physical and emotional problems.
Power Yoga
Intense workout, good for athletes 
A Kinder, Gentler Yoga
K. Pattabhi Jois developed Ashtanga yoga, which has been described as "a workout that can change your life if you can survive it." For that reason, some yoga teachers, trained by Jois, created this racheted-down style, giving the boot to the boot-camp drills of the original.
Kripalu
Gentle approach yielding flexibility & strength 
Devotion in Motion
The hallmark of this schoolwww.discoveryyoga.com, developed by Amrit Desai, is a spontaneous transitional flow between postural alignment, breathing, and meditation. This style also spawned Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, a holistic body-centered method that combines supported yoga postures with therapeutic dialogue techniques.
Anusara
The easy listening yoga 
Going With the Flow
www.wildspirityoga.comAnusara yoga combines a Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness and a method of physical alignment called "Universal Principles of Alignment." Students are encouraged to step into the flow of grace, be playful, and offer prayers for more beauty, love, and goodness in the world.
Sivananda 
& Integral
For the spiritual seeker 
Going Home
Both of these yoga styles emphasize chanting the universal Eastern mantra that is said to evoke within the practitioner Brahman, or God.
Viniyoga
good for all ages and fitness levels 
Customized Yoga
A gentle, balanced yoga, the main thrust of which is tailoring a practice--using postures, breath, meditation, ritual, and prayer--to the needs of individual practitioners.
 
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