Founded in New York by celebrity yogis Sharon Gannon and David Life, jivamukti yoga is a physically challenging practice that keeps a strong devotional element through flowing vinyasa postures, chanting, meditation, and music. Try it at Flow Yoga Center and Studio Serenity; find classes at jiva-dc.com.
Yoga nidra (or “yogic sleep”) classes are offered at a growing number of studios. The ancient technique induces deep relaxation through breathing exercises and guided meditation. Try it at Willow Street Yoga Center, Circle Yoga, and elsewhere.
This energetic style of vinyasa developed by star instructor Shiva Rea combines traditional postures with dance, Indian martial arts, play, and ritual. Try it at Flow Yoga Center and Hot Yoga.
Yoga for Athletes
Classes for athletes complement sports training with a focus on improving flexibility and helping to prevent injury. Try this style at Boundless Yoga, Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, and Willow Street Yoga Center.
Ashtanga: An athletic, fast-paced type of yoga.
Anusara: A playful and flowing style that focuses on spiritual and therapeutic aspects.
Hatha: The umbrella term for practices that emphasize posture and alignment.
Iyengar: A slow and precise style; focuses on alignment, strength, and breath.
Jivamukti: A style that features flowing movements, chanting, meditation, and music.
Kundalini: A spiritual form that involves chanting and intense breathing.
Prana Flow: An energetic style that incorporates traditional postures, dance, and Indian martial arts.
Vinyasa: A general term for styles that synchronize breath and flowing movement.