Known For: Its gentle approach and upbeat messages. Every posture is paired with a silent affirmation (such as, “I am strong in myself, I am complete in myself”) that helps you build a deeper, more positive connection between your mind and body. According to the Ananda Yoga Teachers’ Association, this style is never “aggressive or aerobic” and emphasizes maintaining a state of constant relaxation -- even while holding challenging poses.
Best Suits: Yoga beginners, those without any prior fitness experience or anyone recovering from an injury -- its slower pace and longer pauses make it easily modifiable. It’s also great for anyone in need of a good-mood boost.
What It’s Like: A relaxing, ‘feel-good’ mind and body experience. This style of yoga encourages spiritual growth while releasing tension, explains Danielle Diamond, a certified yoga instructor at Garden State Yoga in Bloomfield, NJ.