Ashtanga / Power - An athletic, fast paced yoga that is not recommended for beginning students. The core emphasis is on Vinyasa - incorporating Ujjayi Pranayama and linking the breath with each movement throughout the practice. Ashtanga has a rigid sequence of poses and uses an engagement of Mula Bandha. Power yoga is a derivative of Ashtanga using a more creative sequencing of poses.
Bikram / Hot - an athletic, physically focused yoga practiced in a room heated to 100+ degrees. Bikram is a rigid sequence of 26 poses, while Hot yoga incorporates more of a variety of poses. Beware: Bikram instructors often behave like drill seargents and encourage their students to push hard which often leads to injuries.
Iyengar - a technical yoga with a strong focus on alignment and a heavy use of props. Iyengar yoga also emphasizes the therapeutic properties of the poses. A good choice for the beginning student.
Kripalu - an therapeutic, gentle and spiritually focused yoga with clear alignment and a three stage approach incorporating Pratyahara (inner focus) and Dhrana (meditation) within the yoga poses. A good choice for the beginning student.
Kundalini - an dynamic, esoteric and energizing yoga incorporating pranayama, movement, asana, and chanting. The aim of Kundalini is to invoke the dormant spiritual energy at the base of the spine.
Sivananda - an traditional approach to yoga with a ridgid class structure of asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. Sivananda yoga teaches many advanced poses making it not the best place for a beginning student.
Viniyoga - a therapeutic and individualistic approach to yoga incorporating Vinyasa through the use of repetitious movements in and out of a posture. This highly adaptable yoga is good for students with physical limitations or injuries.