Name Description Why Who
Acroyoga Acroyoga combines yoga, acrobatics and thai massage. There are two different schools of acroyoga, Acroyoga Montreal led by Jessie Goldberg and Eugene Poku, and Acroyoga Inc. established by Jason Nemer and Jenny Klein. Acroyoga is always practiced by three people together, the base, the flyer and the spotter. One student is the base and keeps the other student, the flyer, in balance with their legs. The spotter is responsible for making sure the moves are done correctly and safely. Acroyoga can be practiced without previous yoga experience, but it is recommended to have a basic knowledge of asanas.
  • Grow confidence in yourself
  • Learn to trust new people quickly
  • Improve flexibility
  • People in good physical condition
  • People who like to try new things
Ananda yoga Developed in the late 1990s in the US by Swami Kriyananda. Ananda is a milder form of Hatha yoga, which focuses on the chakras and meditation and inner awareness. It makes use of a system of silent affirmation while doing poses. It is an inward practice. Kriyananda was a disciple of Yogananda who introduced yoga to the West.
  • Develop a sense of calm and peace
  • Increase lung capacity to breathe better
  • Improve respiration
  • Accessible to everyone
  • Interesting for people curious about learning how to work with their energies
Anti-gravity (aerial) yoga Invented by aerial performer Christopher Harrison, a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer, it involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout.
  • Reduce stress due to its fun nature
  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • People prone to back pain
Anusara yoga Anusara is a system based on Hatha yoga developed by John Friend in 1997. However, Anusara is much more physical, resembling Vinyasa more than Hatha. It focuses on the five universal principles of alignment. Anusara means "flowing with grace”, “going with the flow”, “following your heart”, With this practice, we remain attentive to feelings.
  • Work and develop your shoulders and arms
  • Focuse on looking inward, and seeing the light within yourself and others
  • Great for those new to yoga, as many of its poses allow the use of props for extra support.
  • Athletic people in good physical condition
  • Anusara appeals to those who want to work on both their physical and spiritual well-being
Ashtanga yoga A dynamic yoga, combining strength and flexibility. Ashtanga yoga was created by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1930 in India, and is based on six dynamic series. A primary series, an intermediate series and four advanced series. The series are performed in a specific order by combining rapid sequences of positions and breathing exercises. Ashtanga yoga is officially called ‘Ashtanga Vinyasa’ yoga to not be confused with the 8 pillars of Ashtanga yoga, which is a lifestyle.
  • Expend energy
  • Learn how to control your breath
  • Athletic people in good physical condition
  • People prone to back pain
Bikram yoga Bikram is a style of yoga that is practiced in a room heated to 40°C to allow deeper body stretching. A Bikram class usually lasts 90 minutes and consist of a series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. The poses are always the same, carried out in the same order and change every 5 seconds.
  • Weight loss
  • Relieve back and head aches
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Athletic people in good physical condition
  • People not suffering from cardiovascular problems
Bhakti yoga Bhakti Yoga is not a particular class of yoga, but rather a devotional approach to yoga. It is also called the yoga of devotion and focuses on self-realization by giving unconditional love. Bhakti is one of the three primary paths to enlightenment laid out by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (the two other paths being jnana, the path of knowledge, and karma, the path of action, often interpreted as service to others). Bhakti yoga can be practiced by prayer, performing rituals or ceremonies, chanting, repeating mantras and much more. Many practitioners feel that doing bhakti yoga in combination with their yoga class heightens their spirituality.
  • Spiritual Development
  • Meditation lovers
  • People interested in spirituality
Egyptian Yoga Also known as Kemetic yoga, this is an ancient African form of yoga based on the culture of ancient Egypt, then known as Kemet. It is a healing and regenerative Yoga system that is characterized by a series of geometrically progressive postures. Modern Egyptian yoga is a combination of Egyptian, Hatha, Raja and Chinese yoga.
  • Relieve back pain
  • Free the chest and lungs
  • People in good physical condition
Family yoga Sometimes also reffered to a "Mommy and me class", his class is designed for kids who come together with a parent or caregiver. It introduces lessons from yoga teachings through simple movement and story in a fun manner.
  • Easy introduction to the practice
  • Improve concentration
  • Enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness
  • Children and their parent or caregiver
Forrest Yoga Named after its founder Ana T. Forrest, Forrest is one of the most physical yogas. It puts particular emphasis on abdominal work, holding positions much longer than average and standing series that can go on for 20 poses on each side. Its main purpose is to connect to one’s feeling to work through physical and emotional trauma.
  • Heal the physical and emotional pain
  • Know your limit
  • Develop your abdominal area
  • Athletic people in very good physical condition
Hatha Yoga Hatha is the most widespread yoga in the West. It is based on a combination of breathing (Pranayama), postures (asanas) and relaxation. This is a non-competitive yoga and consists of many levels, allowing practicioners to gradually advance and improve.
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve concentration
  • Increase vitality
  • People in good physical condition
Hot Yoga Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions. Often associated with the style devised by Bikram Choudhury, hot yoga is now used to describe any number of yoga styles that use heat to increase an individual's flexibility in the poses. In colder climates, hot yoga often seeks to replicate the heat and humidity of India where yoga originated. Some forms of hot yoga include: Bikram Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Power Yoga and TriBalance Yoga.
  • Weight loss
  • Relieve back and head aches
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Athletic people in good physical condition
  • People not suffering from cardiovascular problems
Integral Yoga Integral yoga is inspired by different types of yoga and can vary in intensity from teacher to teacher. It includes postures, meditations and songs. However, it is not characterized by a complex sequence of positions, but rather spiritual awakening.
  • Promote spiritual awakening
  • Good for the heart
  • For everyone
Insight Yoga Created By Sarah Powers, this discipline is inspired by yogi, Buddhist and Taoist tradition. Insight Yoga incorporates the Yin and Yang of our being by combining passive flows (Yin) and active flows (Yang). Breathing exercises, visualization and mindfulness meditation are passive flows. The series of postures represent the active flows . A session also includes long periods of silence.
  • Improve body tissues
  • For everyone
Integrative Yoga Therapeutics Created by Bo Forbes, Integrative yoga therapeutics is a therapeutic yoga whose aim is to reduce daily problems through practice. It combines physical and breathing exercises and takes a psychological approach. It adapts to all levels and focuses on individuality.
  • Reduce drug dependency
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce the time to sleep ndd: time to go to sleep or time needed for sleeping?
  • Accelerate the reduction of fibromyalgia
  • For everyone
Ishta yoga ISHTA stands for "Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda". Hatha is the form of yoga practiced, while Tantra is found through meditation and focusing on the present moment. This is in combination with Ayurveda, which is adapting to each physical practice. In Sanskrit, "ishta" also means "individuality” and this practice adapts to each individual and their needs. The teacher adapts the postures in line with the physical condition of each student. This practice was developed by a father and son, Mani and Alan Finger, in the 1960s.
  • Deepen your spiritual practice
  • Clear your mind
  • For everyone
  • Meditation lovers
Iyengar yoga Named after its creator BKS Lyengar, this yoga focuses on balancing and maintaining the poses with the support of pranayama (breath). It emphasizes detail, precision and alignment in the postures (asanas). In Lyengar, poses are often held for long periods and the use of props is recommended.
  • Gentle exercises
  • Stretch the body
  • Align poses and body
  • For everyone
  • People interested in working on the precision of certain yoga poses and alignment
Jivamukti yoga Jivamukti means "state of liberation". Created by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1986 in New York, Jivamukti consists of yoga breathing exercises, adjustments and devotional songs. Jivamukti is similar to Ashtanga but aims to be more creative and spiritual.
  • Spiritual development
  • Self-knowledge
  • People in good physical condition
Karma yoga Karma yoga is not a particular class of yoga. Karma yoga is one of the three primary paths to enlightenment laid out by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (the two other paths being jnana, the path of knowledge, and bhakti, the path of devotion). In Sanskrit "Karma" means "action". Karma yoga is about actions or mindfulness meditation, often interpreted as service to others, with no thought of personal reward. It is about learning to keep a meditative attitude in all activities. Karma yoga complements other disciplines of physical yoga. Karma yoga helps users learn to appreciate the present and to gain perspective on the various obstacles of life.
  • Achieve peace of mind
  • Learn to give yourself time to face your problems
  • Helping other will help you
  • For everyone
  • Meditation lovers
Kids yoga Also called yoga for children, this type of yoga is generally intended for children from different age groups and offers gentle postures, breathing exercises and concentration techniques. Children improve their ability to focus, develop their sense of self- control, and discover how to be peaceful with themselves and others. Especially because children are more receptive and learn quicker, yoga can give them tools to cope with difficult situations later in life.
  • Easy introduction to the practice
  • Improve concentration
  • Can help heal hyperactivity
  • Enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness
  • Children
Kirtan yoga Kirtan is a form of meditative yoga through the practice of devotional songs. Kirtan is part of an ancient form of Yoga known as Bhakti, or the Yoga of Devotion and there is no physical practice in Kirtan. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience. You can think of it as a sing-along. A kirtan concert is not your typical concert either. Everyone sits on the floor, although chairs are usually available.
  • Improve meditative practice
  • Learn to live in the moment
  • For everyone
  • Meditation lovers
Kripalu yoga Developed in the 1950s by Amrit Desai, Kripalu Yoga is a form of Hatha yoga, using inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, breathwork, "development of a quiet mind", and relaxation. Its learning is done in three steps. First you became aware of your breathing, then your body and learning to hold the postures longer. The end goal is to meditate and quiet the mind. The aim is to be attentive to the body by analyzing our physical and psychological reactions.
  • Develop self-knowledge
  • For everyone
  • Meditation lovers
Kriya yoga Kriya yoga combines a number of levels of pranayama (breathing), mantra (repetition of a word or sound) and mudra (symbolic hand gesture), based on techniques designed to rapidly accelerate spiritual development. Teaching works by levels (6 in all) which are also called "kriyas ". The first kriya helps to get to know your body and your soul while working on breathing. When the first level is assimilated, the student passes an introduction that places him or her at level two, and so on. Kriya yoga is an ancient form of yoga that was revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya. It became famous in the West after the ‘Autobiography of a yogi’ was published by Paramahansa Yogananda.
  • Forsters self-development
  • Learn to control your breath
  • Get to know your body
  • For everyone
  • Meditation lovers
Kundalini yoga Kundalini yoga, also called laya yoga, is considered the yoga of awareness. It aims to activate the chakras (energy centers) by combining meditation, breathing (pranayama), chanting mantras and practicing a variety of yoga postures (asanas). Kundalini yoga does not always feel very physically demanding when being practiced, but it can have a major impact on energy levels. It is therefore recommended to first?? have a deep understanding of all the techniques of Hatha yoga.
  • Improve energy balance
  • Better manage stress
  • Better control over emotions
  • Develop your optimism and joy of living
  • People who have already practiced yoga (advanced level)
Laughter yoga Created by Dr. Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri, laughter yoga, also known as Hasyayoga, is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. It is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. It is usually done in groups, with eye contact and playfulness between participants.
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Make life a bit more joyous
  • For everyone
Yoga Nidra Yoga Nidra means ‘yogic sleep’ and a session lasts between one and one and a half hours. Lying down most of the time, there are several minutes of relaxation by focusing on regular breathing. The teacher will then ask the practitioners to come up with and repeat in their mind a personal motivational phrase (also called Sankalpa ). The teacher then leads the practitioners by speaking through various levels of awareness. The goal is to break away from negative feelings. Between waking and sleep, the yogi remains in a state of mindfulness.
  • Reduce the time needed to fall asleep
  • Better manage your emotions
  • Reduce stress
  • Avoid depression
  • People prone to insomnia, depression, nervousness
Mysore yoga Mysore yoga is a particular way of teaching Ashtanga yoga. A class is not led as a whole, but rather one-on-one within the group. Mysore is intended to be a daily practide and is usually done in the morning. You can find this form of practice most of the time in Ashtanga yoga centers. Furthermore, it is still taught at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore India by Sri Sharath Jois, the grandson of Pattabhi Jois (the founder of Ashtanga).
  • Advance your yoga discipline
  • Advanced yogis
Multi-style yoga Multi-style yoga means a yoga class which is a combination of different yoga styles. The most popular yoga styles like Hatha, Ashtanga or Iyengar are generally incorporated, but this depends on the teacher and his/her approach. For Yoga Teacher Training Courses, multi-style usually means you will be educated in 2 to 5 different styles in which you will be licensed to teach.
  • May vary
  • May vary
OM yoga Created by the New Yorker dancer Cyndy Lee, OM comes from Hatha yoga and combines postures (asanas) with mindfulness meditation and Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Reduce stress levels
  • For everyone
Para yoga Created by Rod Stryker, Para is inspired by traditional yogas, through the teaching of classical yogi science and tantra. This practice combines sequences of postures, visualizations, meditations and chants.
  • Reduce stress levels
  • For everyone
Postnatal yoga For young mothers, postnatal yoga combines singing and movement with the baby. It aims to strengthen the mind and body to ease tension and fatigue related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Reduce pregnancy-related tensions
  • Share with your child
  • Young mothers
Prenatal yoga Prenatal yoga is based on Hatha yoga but adapts to the physical conditions of pregnant women. The idea is to focus on breathing to facilitate pregnancy, to be more relaxed during childbirth, and especially to maintain body balance.
  • Soothe pregnancy-related pain
  • Pregnant women
Power yoga Created by Beryl Bender Birch in the US, Power yoga is a modern fitness-based form of vinyasa yoga, which has the distinction of rigorous training with more dynamic sequences than average. A subcategory of power yoga is ‘Baptiste yoga’, which is Power yoga that is practiced in a hot or moderately heated room. (ndd: are all yoga styles capitalized? Standardize…)
  • Expand energy
  • Refine your silhouette
  • Improve flexibility
  • Enhance endurance
  • Improve concentration
  • Decrease anxiety
  • People in good physical condition
  • Not recommended for people with chronic diseases
Purna yoga Created By Asuri Swami Kapila, Purna yoga is an evolving system using a wide variety of inspiring and effective techniques to address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Some courses address specific topics such as eating habits or well-being.
  • Learn to live more peacefully
  • For everyone
Raja yoga Raja yoga draws heavily on Hatha yoga for postural and breathing exercises, but integrates teachings and meditations of the great Buddhist principles of life. Raja Yoga is considered to be one of the oldest mental sciences.
  • Develop self-confidence (Raja means " king ")
  • Meditation lovers
Restorative yoga A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. Most restorative practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar (capital L?? see earlier too). The classes are often held in rooms with discreet lighting.
  • Helps deal with long-term pain
  • Increase serenity
  • People prone to insomnia
  • People who are depressed, nervous
  • People with long-term illness / pain
Scaravelli inspired yoga Although it requires a certain level, this yoga offers a rather slow practice. ?? This discipline focuses on developing core strength by releasing tension and lengthening the spine. You should never force yourself or body into certain postures; instead, it’s about doing less and going deeper. Postures are held for a longer time through deep breathing work.
  • Better identify physical and emotional tensions
  • Stretche the spine
  • Interim Yogi
Shadow yoga Created by Zhander Remete, Shadow yoga is organized around various preludes (similar to martial arts and Indian dance). This discipline helps prepare for Asanas (postures) and allows more complete relaxation of body and mind.
  • Support physical and mental unblocking
  • Gear up for the most physically demanding yogas
  • For everyone
Silent yoga Silent yoga is a mindful, moving meditation. Visual cues are given for this peaceful practice, instead of words. Classes begin with pranayama practice (breathing exercices), followed by flowing asanas (positions) and cose with guided relaxation. This practice encourages you to listen to your intuition, quiet your mind, and calm your body.
  • Support physical and mental unblocking
  • Allows you to completely focus on your self
  • It keeps the energy within yourself
  • Accessible for everyone
  • Recommended to meditation loves
Sivananda yoga Sivananda Yoga is a classical and holistic approach to Hatha Yoga (caps??) that stretches and tones the whole body. Sivananda Yoga consists of relaxation (Savasana), pranayama (breathing exercises), sun salutation, and 12 asanas (postures). Postures are entered slowly and held for long periods of time. There is stillness in the pose and deep, slow breathing. Sivananda Yoga was developed out of the teachings of Swami Sivananda, a world famous yogi born in 1887.
  • Get to better know and accept yourself
  • Tone and strengthen all of the muscle groups of the body
  • Create suppleness in the joints and flexibility in the spine
  • Work on all body systems
  • Develop flexibility and strength
  • Go further in your yoga experience
  • Advanced Yogi
Svaroopa yoga Developed by Rama Berch, Svaroopa teaches each posture in relation to the body and the emotions. It focuses on anatomy and yoga philosophy. Svaroopa is a healing style of yoga that uses a variety of unique poses to create a deep release of tension throughout the body. Svaroopa is said to come directly from the writings of Patanjali.
  • Release tension in the body
  • For everyone
Teen yoga Derived from Kids yoga but Teen yoga focusses on a specific age group of adoscelents and teens. Classes usually are a mix between strength and flexibility. Teens yoga allow teenagers an opportunity to focus on themselves and take a break from pressure and school life. Each class offers active asanas (poses), balance work, breath work (pranayama) and relaxation.
  • Gentle ntroduction to the practice
  • Improve concentration
  • Can help heal hyperactivity
  • Enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness
  • Teens
Therapeutic yoga Yoga therapy sessions are individual and tailored to a person’s specific problems. It is intended for people with physical illnesses (cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, etc.) or mental illnesses (depression, etc.) and is a good complement to traditional treatments of these diseases. It blends restorative yoga, breathwork, hands-on-healing, and guided mediation.
  • Provides complementary support to treat certain serious diseases
  • People suffering from physical or mental disorders
Tibetan yoga Tibetan yoga consists of 5 simple, yet dynamic yogic exercises called 5 Tibetan Rites, meditation, pranayama (breathing) and positive thinking. These exercises should be repeated every day and they are said to prevent aging. This form of yoga is also called ‘The 5 Tibetan’.
  • Relieve muscle tension
  • Improve digestion
  • Improve your cardiovascular system.
  • For everyone (except those suffering from vertigo)
TriYoga TriYoga was founded by Kali Ray. TriYoga is a trinity that emphasizes asana (posture), pranayama (breath) and mudra (focus). It is derived from (i) Sat (ii) Chit (iii) Ananda, a Hatha yoga method that emphasizes the movement of the spine, economy of movement, synchronization with breathing and mudra. It is sometimes performed in a heated room.
  • Align your body
  • Foster healthy joints and overall well-being
  • For everyone
Viniyoga Viniyoga is a practice that suits each person’s needs and level. It often requires a preliminary interview to determine what will work best for the student. The class combines gentle postures and breathing techniques. Viniyoga largely emphasizes the coordination of the positions and the rhythm of breathing exercises.
  • Improve your heartbeat
  • Improve your sleep
  • Improve your stress management
  • For everyone
Vinyasa Vinyasa, also called 'flow' yoga, is primarily derived from Ashtanga Yoga, but Vinyasa is more creative. Vinyasa means to connect poses with breath in a non-stop flow. Sequences are freer as they can be designed by the teacher according to his/her knowledge and the needs of the students. It is a dynamic form of yoga, combining fast sequences and controlled breathing.
  • Expand your energy
  • Know how to control your breath
  • Work on body alignment
  • People in good physical condition
  • A relaxing solution
Vishraanthi Yoga Vishraanthi or Vishrantha yoga is a very gentle restorative yoga, based on a series of simple body-shaping positions on the ground.
  • Relieve nervousness and stress
  • For everyone
  • For those seeking a relaxing solution
Yin yoga Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, that are held for longer periods of time. It concentrates more on the depth of the postures than on the stretch comfort. Yin yoga enhances flexibility, helps circulate energy, improves the strength of the joints and promotes concentration . It requires deep meditative behavior and letting go.
  • Promotes letting go and mindfulness
  • Increase flexibility
  • People prone to insomnia
Yogalates A mixture of Pilates and yoga, Yogalates is a fitness routine that combines Pilates exercises with the postures and breathing techniques of yoga.
  • Tone muscles
  • Burn fat
  • For everyone