Yoga Styles

Yoga practitioners of all skill level can find a class that allows them to hone their yoga mastery. Whether you are looking for an athletic experience, or a meditative slow-moving class -- a style of yoga exists to meet your needs. 

 

Aerial

 

This aerobic form of yoga incorporates props such as fabric ropes which allow you to spin and flip your body. You will work through some of the 700 possible poses, lifting your body off the ground in a variety of ways.

 

Ananda

 

Ananda Yoga is designed to harmonize your mind, body, and soul. One of the more gentler forms of yoga, it focuses on things like silent affirmations and proper pose alignment.

 

Anusara

 

Anusara yoga is typically focused primarily on alignment. These classes may encourage students to use props so that yogis of any skill level are able to participate. Instructors allow you to develop poses in your own time through application of the "Universal Principles of Alignment."

Ashtanga

 

Ashtanga yoga aligns breath and movement. The complete series of Ashtanga postures -- about 75 in total -- takes approximately 90-120 minutes to complete.

 

Barre

 

Barre yoga incorporates dance and yogic practice. A long barre extends down the room and is used to help you achieve your poses. Barre yoga classes can help you strengthen your muscles and gain flexibility. 

 

Bikram

 

Bikram yoga is also called “hot yoga.” The room will be heated to a temperature in excess of 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which allows you to gain greater focus and enjoy a healthy sweat. Bikram classes generally last for 90 minutes.

 

Integral

 

The goal of an integral yoga class is to help you achieve your “natural” state. To that end, these classes integrate components that include meditation, chanting, and encouragement of self-discipline and reflection. Integral yoga focuses on the physical, intellectual, and spiritual sides of the individual.

 

Iyengar

 

Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha yoga that encourages the use of props. Even the most athletic students can find this type of yoga challenging. Iyengar yoga focuses on precise poses and the eight limbs of yoga.

 

Kali Ray TriYoga

 

This type of yoga combines the trinity of breath, focus, and posture. Kali Ray TriYoga strives to allow students to leave the studio feeling both physically and spiritually aligned. 

 

Kids Yoga

 

Yoga for young people provides an early introduction to the self-discipline and flexibility associated with yogic tradition. Kids’ yoga focuses on self-awareness and the basic tenets of the practice, not difficult or advanced technique.

 

Kripalu

 

Kripalu focuses on compassionate self-acceptance, following life force energy, and taking what you learn into your life outside of the yoga studio. Kripalu has been called the "yoga for everyone" as it is highly adaptable to all types of students.

Kundalini

 

Kundalini taps the energy at the base of your spine and draws it up to awaken each of the seven chakras. You have achieved full enlightenment when the energy reaches to top of your head. This yoga style uses breathing exercises and meditation, as well as chanting.

 

Meditation

 

Meditation is the practice of quieting one’s mind. Often incorporated into the beginning or closing of any yoga class, meditation goes hand in hand with the physical aspects of yoga mastery.

 

Prenatal 

 

Prenatal yoga can help relieve some of the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Specifically, the poses can reduce lower back pain and help keep swelling under control in some cases.

 

Sivananda

 

Sivananda yoga distills the wisdom of yoga into five key principles: proper exercise, proper breathing, relaxation, diet, and positive thinking/meditation.

 

Svaroopa Yoga

 

Svaroopa yoga focuses on the inner opening, or the release of the spinal tension that so frequently plagues people who are experiencing stress. This is accomplished through the use of a variety of standard poses, which are complemented with a focus on achieving greater understanding and acceptance of your own inner nature.

Viniyoga

 

The primary focus of viniyoga classes is mental improvement. Participants can enjoy lower anxiety and stress, and an increased peace of mind.

 

Vinyasa

 

Vinyasa yoga is also called flow yoga, and it’s geared towards athletic yogis. You will flow from one posture to another, with a focus on breathing in addition to physical strength. 

 

Yin

 

Yin yoga is considered a quiet practice. Each pose is held for several minutes, and yogis are encouraged to move slowly. The aim of this type of yoga is ultimate relaxation and stillness of mind.