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9) Power Yoga
This form of yoga is very active and athletic, and it was originally a westernized form of Ashtanga. It has since evolved to include different poses, though many of the Ashtanga poses remain. Power yoga includes additional strength moves and core work.
Expect lots of “vinyasas” between poses, with plenty of handstands and other strength-
building poses.

Good for:
Those who want a rigorous practice.
Those looking for a challenge.

Avoid if:
Those who prefer a gentle yoga practice.
Those with limited mobility.
You have a shoulder injury (lots of low pushups).

You might also like:
Ashtanga, which is the traditional practice that inspired Power yoga.
Rocket, an offshoot of Ashtanga that adds hard poses early on.
Vinyasa classes that flow at a steady pace.

10) Vini yoga
Founded by Krishnamacharya’s son, T.K.V. Desikachar, viniyoga is highly individualized with an emphasis on adapting every pose and every practice to suit a person’s needs and abilities. The practice is often taught one on one and is sometimes referred to as “yoga therapy.”

It can be difficult to find viniyoga teachers, but I highly recommend checking out American Viniyoga teacher Gary Kraftsow’s videos. My mother has degenerative disc disease and loves his DVDs, which I bought her after taking a workshop with him at the
Yoga Journal Conference in NYC.

Good for:
Anyone with back pain.
Those with mobility issues.
Those recovering from an injury.

Avoid if:
You are looking for a group setting.
You want a traditional class.
You want to move quickly and sweat.

You might also like:
Iyengar yoga for the attention to alignment.
Kripalu for the emphasis on individual practice.
Ashtanga yoga for the attention to detail.

11) Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa yoga is the general term used for faster-paced “flow” classes. These classes can cross various schools of yoga, and they will move faster than a hatha class.

Good for:
Anyone looking for a faster-paced class.
Anyone who gets bored easily with their fitness routine, as classes are rarely the same.

Avoid if:
Those extremely new to exercise should not take vinyasa classes (or be prepared to modify to suit your needs).
Those with mobility issues.
You have a shoulder injury (lots of low pushups).
You want a slow, gentle workout.

You might also like:
Ashtanga for the flowing pace with no music and a preset series of poses.
Power for the flowing pace and variety.
Jivamukti for the flowing pace and spiritual aspect.