Styles of Yoga in the My Yoga Library

We encourage you to choose a level appropriate class, to move at your own pace, and rest whenever necessary. Our platform allows you to do multiple yoga styles in one practice if you wish.

The inner wisdom and mind-body balance you will develop through regular practice will carry with you off the mat. As we reap the rewards of a calmer, stronger self, these benefits extend to our children, spouse, friends and co-workers.

Remember: consistency in your practice is key!  Here's wishing you a thriving and transformative practice.

 

Hatha Yoga
Inspired by a blend of Hatha yoga traditions, each of our Hatha classes is a unique, eclectic experience. Integrating the teachings of different lineages, our Hatha Yoga practices are generally slower and gentler, while still giving all the benefits of muscle toning and strength building. These practices are highly transformative for the mind and central nervous system.  Relax, Rejuvenate, Restore. Excellent for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Anusara Yoga
Ansuara yoga weaves clear, precise principles of alignment with energetic movement, while honouring the deep connection of body, mind and spirit. Anusara (a-nu-SAR-a) means, "to step into the current of Divine Will", "following your heart", "flowing with Grace".  Anusara yoga is described as heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring, yet grounded in a deep knowledge of outer and inner body alignment. Each student’s various abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honoured.

Restorative Yoga
Bring recuperation to your internal organs, nervous system, and consciousness. Long holds, props and pranayama may be used here to allow the breath, body and spirit to unwind.  This is a gentle, calming, therapeutic kind of yoga that uses props to support the body and deepen the benefits of the postures. It is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation.

Vinyasa and Power Yoga
A dynamic style of yoga which links breath and continual movement through a heat building sequence of postures. These practices combine a series of flowing postures with rhythmic breathing (Ujayi Pranayama) for an intense, transformational body-mind workout. A powerful, cleansing heat builds in the body,  detoxifying and nourishing the muscles and internal organs. Mental focus is enhanced. Strengthen the body while calming the mind. There are no fixed sequences of  postures, creativity and variety is up to the teacher. Modifications for more challenging postures will be given.  Please be sure to work at your own pace, and take breaks or sit out a pose whenever you feel the need.

Ashtanga Yoga
An athletic and physically demanding form of yoga, an Ashtanga practice always follows very precise pose sequencing and pace with the use of a certain focused gaze (drishti). Each pose is held for exactly five breaths. The benefit to having a set sequence is that the practice can become quite meditative as you come to know what to expect next. The Ashtanga yoga class system is a traditional form that other styles of Vinyasa and and Power Yoga are derived from. 

Kundalini Yoga
For many centuries Kundalini Yoga was a well kept secret known only to initiates and masters within the spiritual confines of one to one teaching and closed orders in India and Tibet. A Kundalini yoga class stimulates the nervous system, glandular system and the immune system as it centers the mind and opens the spirit.  Benefits of Kundalini yoga classes include weight control, relief from stress and insomnia, enhanced creativity, lymphatic cleansing, liver detoxification, balancing the heart and mind, and developing will-power. These results are achieved through specific yoga posture sets. This style of yoga pays particular attention to breathwork, which aims to get energy moving quickly, but also involves classic poses, coordination of breath and movement, and meditation.

Yin Yoga
Yin yoga class is a powerful practice which targets tendons, ligaments and fascia within the body. Each posture during a Yin yoga class is held for long periods of time to encourage the slow and safe opening of connective tissues, leaving the yogi with an overall feeling of lightness, spaciousness and peace. A Yin yoga class is the perfect antidote to stress and a great counter balance to more active styles of yoga.  Although Yin yoga is a more passive practice it can be quite challenging due to the length of time postures are held.

Prenatal Yoga
Prepare for birth and motherhood through yoga and breathing. Develop much needed strength, stamina, and flexibility. Yoga postures are modified to accommodate for the changing needs of the expectant mother. Connect with yourself and your unborn baby in a deep and enriching way.

Postnatal Yoga
Unwind as you rebuild your core strength and depleted energy at this critical time. Relieve neck and shoulder tension so common for new moms. It is recommended that new mothers wait six weeks after giving birth to resume a physical exercise program.

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mpecora, posted on May 31, 2015

Before the Gaiamtv.com/myyogaonline.com merger, there were a couple teachers I really loved that focused on Jivamukti Yoga and I can't seem to find them now or other teachers who focus on this style. Is there any plan to incorporate Jivamukti back into My Yoga on Gaiamtv.com? Thank you; Namaste!

sl_barton, posted on May 30, 2015

Could we have some YogAlighn please?

poeticjewel95, posted on February 17, 2012

Is it normal to feel sore when doing yoga or am i doing something wrong??

kregweiss, posted on October 26, 2011

Hi Len/linggram,

When dealing with lower back pain, you will want to shift into practices that are slow and offer variability in the depth of poses. We recommend the beginner/gentle Hatha flows, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. Please make sure that you receive medical clearance to proceed with Yoga before doing these flows to insure these practices are not aggravating a more serious issue (ie disc herniation). Again, going slow and with breath is key - this will allow you to bring awareness to how your back is responding. Pay attention to how your back feels after your practice as well - no development of extra pain or stiffness should arise.

Hope this helps,
Kreg Weiss
My Yoga Online

lingram, posted on October 25, 2011

Hi Michelle; I'm a 58 year old who is experiencing some difficulty with low back pain, is one style of yoga better than another with respect to improving this condition?

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