There are many different types of yoga. As well as the popular types listed below, there are many yoga classes modified for different needs, such as prenatal yoga, yoga for seniors, and adaptive yoga (modified for disabilities). Most yoga sessions begin with a series of poses to warm up the body, and most sessions end with some type of relaxation exercise.

Type of Yoga Involves Best For Not For
Gentle yoga or Satyananda Focuses on slow stretches, flexibility, deep breathing Beginners, stress reduction Those looking for a vigorous workout
Hatha Reasonably gentle. Involves stretching, breathing work Beginners, older adults, stress reduction An aerobic, calorie-burning workout
Iyengar Focuses on precise body alignment and improving balance. Uses blocks and straps to maintain poses longer Those looking for more fitness benefits as well as deep relaxation While more vigorous, still not a total body workout
Kundalini Fast-paced routine of poses focusing on different ways of breathing, chanting, and meditation Combining a good workout with spirituality Those uncomfortable with chanting or the spiritual aspect
Hot yoga  (Bikram or Moshka) Takes place in heated rooms (more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Focus on stamina and purification Intense, sweaty workout for those with higher fitness levels Anyone with high blood pressure, heart conditions, or those who may react adversely to hot conditions
Power yoga or Ashtanga Vigorous, fast-paced to build flexibility, strength, concentration, and stamina Strong workout, improving fitness and weight loss A relaxing, contemplative experience

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