Five yoga styles to know

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There are several types of yoga out there. Experts recommend trying different teachers and studios before settling on your favorite. And ask around. You might just find your favorite class by word of mouth.

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.

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