Jivamukti yoga. This yoga style took inspiration from Ashtanga’s challenging poses and pace. It was founded in 1986 by Sharon Gannon and David Life, both instructors from a famous yoga studio based in New York. What makes Jivamukti different is that it emphasizes spiritual teachings, readings, meditation, and chanting aside from asanas (poses). If you are a beginner taking Jivamukti classes, the emphasis is more on standing poses, forward bends, back bends, and inversions.
Ananda yoga. If Ashtanga yoga employs intense movements to promote strength and stability, Ananda yoga is the opposite—it uses a series of gentle poses which prepare your body for deep meditation. The main objective of utilizing gentler poses is to relax your mind and muscles. Once relaxed, your body is recharged and energized.
Iyengar yoga. Precision and alignment of the body during poses are the main concerns of someone practicing Iyengar yoga. This style is based on the teachings of the yogi B.K.S. Iyengar, who gave emphasis on proper alignment during poses in order to achieve the maximum benefits to the body and avoid possible injury. When practicing Iyengar style, poses are held over long periods of time while proper alignment is maintained.
To help the practitioner of Iyengar yoga achieve proper body alignment, he must make use of different equipment or “props” like yoga straps, blankets, chairs, blocks, and mats in order to bring the body into alignment.
Kundalini yoga. “Kundalini,” which means awareness, is a style that combines asanas with breathing techniques, chanting, and meditation in order to free Kundalini energy from the lower body (particularly from the base of the spine) and move up towards the rest of the body. Once this is achieved, practitioners will feel more alert, relieved of stress, and rejuvenated.
Types of Yoga, Part 1
Types of Yoga, Part 2
Types of yoga, Part 4