Here are five main styles:
Anusara: Founded by John Friend in 1997, this heart-oriented practice emphasizes finding bliss and joy through proper alignment and proper attitude. Anusara means flowing with grace, going with the flow and following your heart. After a scandal in 2012, Friend stepped down and transferred all rights to the “Anusara” name.
Ashtanga Vinyasa: This style, developed by the late Indian yoga teacher K. Pattabhi Jois, follows the same sequence and series of poses in a precise order. Physically demanding, it requires students to use the ujjayi breathing technique, also known as ocean breath, throughout the entire class. It’s not usually recommended for beginners.