Known For: An easy-going atmosphere, ‘heart opening’ moves (that help loosen your upper body and chest muscles) and descriptive instructions. For example, instead of saying ‘engage your thigh muscles,’ an Anusara teacher may cue a more subtle action like ‘hug your thigh muscles to the thigh bone.’ "It's a subtle difference but can have powerful effects within the body," says Cindy Anderson, a certified yoga instructor and owner of Kava Yoga in Long Beach, CA.
Best Suits: Relaxed people at any level of practice. “The light-hearted attitude of the teachers and the class style is great for those who don't like a very strict practice,” explains Anderson.
What It’s Like: Each class begins with an invocation chant, and then leads into the ordered poses. “Classes tend to have a nurturing and fun aspect to them that is actually a signature of this style,” says Anderson. “The postures are the same classic poses taught in other styles of yoga, with specific instruction to achieve particular energetic actions within the body."