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Apr 23rd, 2011
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Yoga Workout – Love practicing your YogaWorkout routines at home, and are ready to step out into the world and “Om” with the rest of them? Here's your handy dandy guide to navigating your way through the different styles and terms of yoga so that you can find a studio near you that provides both a challenge and a respite.


Power Yoga – A general term describing a more fitness-based approach to Vinyasa Flow Yoga. It combines a

lignment with movement to produce a cardiovascular workout, and typically uses music as a tool for practice. It is vigorous, athletic, and very popular; studios like Corepower specialize in Power Yoga.Vinyasa Yoga – A style of yoga consisting of steady, dynamic flows of asanas (or postures) link

ed with breath work in continuous movement. The videos you see here on our site are Vinyasa flows.

Bikram (aka Hot Yoga) – Developed by Bikram Choudhury, this style of yoga is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40% humidity. The practice consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, lasting approximately 90 minutes. This style promotes profuse sweating, detoxification, and flexibility. If you like to be pushed to your limits, this one's for you!

Anusara – This style of yoga was founded by John Friend in 1997, and the term means “Flow with Grace”. It sometimes includes Vinyasa flows, but largely emphasizes alignment. This style is typically light hearted, positive, fun, and accessible to a variety of levels.

Iyengar – A more meticulous, technical approach to yoga that does not include Vinyasa flow. This style of yoga is named after BKS Iyengar, who, in 1936, introduced the use of props into practice. It involves holding poses while alignment in perfected. This style is also accessible to a variety of levels, as beginning yogis can take time learning poses, while more advanced yogis can work on deepening their practice.

Kripalu – A gentle hatha yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing, and spiritual transformation. Classes include breathing and gentle stretches, followed by a series of individual poses, and final relaxation.

Kundalini – One of the more spiritual types of yoga, going beyond physical performance, emphasizing breathing, meditation, and chanting. It is physically challenging, as Kundalini sequences often include rapid, repetitive movements done with breath or holding a pose while breathing in a particular way.

As you search for your perfect studio, know that some specialize in one of these styles, and others offer classes in several styles. Try one, try ‘em all, be brave, and happy hunting!!