Glossary of popular yoga styles

Acro Yoga

A dynamic partner practice, Acro Yoga is a powerful blend of yoga and acrobatics with elements of dance or Thai massage. This practice cultivates trust, connection and playfulness.


These classes are designed for experienced yoga practitioners who are familiar with the basic yoga positions, inversions and pranayama. Here, the aim is to integrate yoga's diverse practices to deepen your path as well as to add some difficulties to help you reach more suppleness and stability. Minimum one year of experience recommended.

Aerial / Anti-gravity

a.k.a. Aerial Yoga, Anti-Gravity Yoga or Flying Yoga combines traditional yoga poses, pilates exercises and dance movements with the use of a hammock. The hammock acts like a swing or soft trapeze, supporting the hips for forward bends and back bends. Yoga postures which some find difficult to do on the ground may be easier in mid-air using the hammock, and the hammock moves add variety to a workout. This practice revolves around counteracting gravity – by relieving compression due to the pull of gravity while on the ground, the spine is elongated and the shoulders straightened. The few inches of suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility.


Established by Kriyananda in the 1940's, Ananda Yoga emphasizes inner awareness, energy control and the experience of each asana as a natural expression of a higher state of consciousness, which is enhanced by the use of affirmations. Asanas are never practiced in a rush or with strain, and the time spent in pause between asanas is considered important.


Founded by John Friend in 1997, this practice is derived from the Iyengar style of yoga with elements of Hindu spirituality. The term Anusara (a-nu-sar-a) refers to ''flowing with Grace, flowing with Nature and following your heart''. It emphasizes a set of Universal Principles of Alignment which underlie all of the physical asanas and are connected to philosophical aspects of the practice.


Aqua Yoga or Water Yoga combines slow stretching with the use of breathing and relaxation as the water provides resistance for the muscles to work against. Offering a gentle and easily available way to enjoy movement and breathing using the supportive element of water. Many of the exercises are classical yoga postures adapted to water and are done with the student close to the pool edge to insure proper joint articulation. You feel virtually weightless in water, so that stretches and movements that might be difficult on the ground can be accomplished without strain. Aqua Yoga is the perfect combination of the benefits of yoga and swimming.


A set series of postures, always in the same order, beginning with a sequence know as Sun Salutations, moving from one pose to the next in a continual flow where there is one breath for each movement. This vigorous practice produces intense internal heat that creates a stronger body, a detoxifying sweat and a calmer mind.It was developed by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century and is often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Ashtanga means eight limbs or branches, of which asana or physical yoga poses is only one. It is the inspiration for most Vinyasa and Power Yoga styles.

Ayurvedic Yoga

Achieve ultimate balance with a series of poses adapted to your constitution.


Yoga for the Back - If you work at a computer all day, you may experience pain and tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. Yoga is a mind-body therapy that is often recommended to treat not only back pain, but also the stress that accompanies it.


Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways. See glossary of ballet.

Ballet Barre

Ballet Barre incorporates poses and moves based on ballet and other practices such as Pilates, dance and strength training. Using the barre as a tool for balance, it focuses on high reps of small range movements.


The Baptiste Yoga™ practice and programs are designed to empower you with the focus, training and insight you need to achieve consistent results in the most important areas of your life. A potent physical yoga practice, meditation practice and active self inquiry are used as tools of transformation – encouraging participants to reclaim their full potential, discover creativity, awaken passion, create authenticity, confidence and new possibilities.


Barre yoga incorporates poses inspired from yoga, pilates and ballet. Emphasis on stretching and relaxing while focusing on isometric strength exercises that use the barre as a tool to balance oneself.

Bhakti, Satsang & Kirtan

Bhakti Yoga is essentially devotional Yoga, practiced by giving one's full devotion to God. A satsang is a silent group meditation with meditative chanting of mantras – meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. Kirtan is a part of the Hindu tradition of singing the praises of the divine in its many forms, typically in the form of call-and-response in Sanskrit, but there are also songs from a wide range of spiritual traditions. Open to all levels.


A specific style of Hot Yoga practiced indoors at 40 degrees with 40% humidity. Classes follow a very specific sequence, always opening with a breathing exercise (pranayama), followed by a series of 24 traditional asanas (postures), and ending with another breathing exercise.


Biodanza is a system of personal and social development that combines music, movement, and emotions to promote well-being, self-expression, and human connection. It was developed in the 1960s by Rolando Toro, a Chilean psychologist and anthropologist. The word "Biodanza" can be translated from Spanish to mean "Dance of Life" or "Dance of Vitality." Biodanza sessions are typically conducted in a group setting and are guided by a trained facilitator known as a "facilitator" or "Biodanza teacher." Participants engage in various exercises and dances set to a diverse range of music, which can include classical, contemporary, and world music. These movements and music selections are designed to evoke specific emotions and states of consciousness, helping participants to connect with their inner selves and with others in the group.


Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring. Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a common fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is overseen by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel. If a fight completes all of its allocated rounds, the victor is determined by judges' scorecards at the end of the contest. In the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, professional bouts are considered a draw. In Olympic boxing, because a winner must be declared, judges award the content to one fighter on technical criteria. While humans have fought in hand-to-hand combat since the dawn of human history, the earliest evidence of fist-fighting sporting contests date back to the ancient Middle East in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE.[2] The earliest evidence of boxing rules date back to Ancient Greece, where boxing was established as an Olympic game in 688 BC.[2] Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century with the 1867 introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

Boxing Yoga

Boxing Yoga improves physical strength, prevents injury and maximises performance. The boxing yoga style was created by an England boxing coach and a lifelong yoga teacher.


Conscious, controlled breathing done especially for relaxation, meditation, or therapeutic purposes.


Budokon means "way of the spiritual warrior" and is a fusion of yoga, martial arts, and meditation.

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. The poses (asanas) are often adaptations of Hatha yoga poses. Great for those who are unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disabilities. It is a great practice for everyone, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness.

Community / Karma

Community classes are usually donation-based and often taught by a newly graduated teacher.


La conférence est l'une des formes de conversation entre personnes. Elle est une confrontation d'idées sur un sujet jugé d'importance par les participants. C'est pourquoi son organisation est généralement formelle.


A challenging workout specifically designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles, this dynamic practice is designed to increase functional movement and structural alignment while developing balance and flexibility.

Dance Yoga

A fun blend of yoga, dance and music. Expect your flexibility, balance and coordination to improve. A combination of improvisation, danse and relaxation through the tradition of yoga.


Dog or puppy yoga, also known as “doga,” is a unique practice that combines traditional yoga with the presence of dogs or puppies. In dog yoga classes, participants perform yoga poses and stretches while incorporating their furry companions into the practice. This may involve gentle movements that allow dogs to interact with their owners, such as incorporating them into poses or allowing them to move freely around the yoga space. Canine yoga aims to promote relaxation, mindfulness and bonding between humans and their canine companions while enjoying the benefits of practicing yoga.


Dru Yoga aims in creating healing and unity by combining Asanas, Pranayama (breath) and the ancient Eastern tradition of Mudras (hand gestures). A unique feature of Dru Yoga is its use of ''Energy Block Release'' sequences to relieve physical, mental, and emotional tensions and release energy blockages. Stillness, directed breathing and visualization are important. Asanas are practiced in a slow flowing and therapeutic manner. Emphasis is placed on poses for the spine, and during movement it is important that joints remain relaxed.


Egyptian Yoga features a complete set of original postures with a strong emphasis on verticality, spinal axis correction and concentration development.


Deeply contract the muscles around the different segments of the spine to create a decompression effect and restore space between bones or joints. And ultimately, relieve pain and improve posture.


Type of yoga inspired by ballet and taï-chi developed in Quebec by Miranda Esmonde-White. This style has no spiritual dimension unlike traditional yoga and is designed for all ages. It works the body in its totality by toning and refining the silhouette as well as by ensuring a general balance. There is not twisting or pressure on the joints. No accessories needed except your mat!


Physical fitness is a state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations and daily activities. Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise, and sufficient rest. Before the industrial revolution, fitness was defined as the capacity to carry out the day’s activities without undue fatigue. However, with automation and changes in lifestyles physical fitness is now considered a measure of the body's ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases, and to meet emergency situations.


Yoga flow focuses on breathing, just as many other yoga classes do. It is a yoga routine that focuses on the successive transition from one yoga posture to another. Coordinating breathing and movement is the main goal of yoga flow - it is more important than the yoga figure itself (although we continue to practice of course). Imagine yoga as a dance - a rhythmic movement perfectly coordinated with your breathing to the point of forming a beautiful sequence that will satisfy your body and your mind.

Flying Yoga

Also known as Aerial Yoga, AeroYoga, Flying Yoga or Yoga Zero Gravity. It is a form of yoga where hammocks hanging in the air are used as props to perform various postures of yoga, mainly in inversion.

For Sports

Combines muscular conditioning and training with Yogic principles of alignment and self awareness, focused on strength, endurance and flexibility. Utilizes vigorous movement, standing and strengthening postures, postures that aid in the opening of stiff/athletic muscles. Sometimes sport-specific, ex. Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Cyclists, ...


A modern yoga style based on Hatha yoga in which vigorous asanas strengthen and purify the body for a total release of trapped emotions and pain. In 1982, it was created by and named after Ana Forrest, an American yogini. It is known for its long holding of positions, emphasis on abdominal core work and lengthy standing series. Reputed for its intensity, the style emphasizes connecting to one's feelings in order to work through physical and emotional trauma.


Fusion of various styles of Yoga, and at times mixed with some Pilates, dance or fitness exercices.


This practice follows a step-by-step, structured approach towards Yoga, combining the following elements : Asanas (Body postures); Kriyas (Systematic movements); Pranayamas (Breath-energy controls); Mudras (Gestures of energy); Jnana and Raja Yoga Prakriyas (Visualization, relaxation, polarity techniques) and Laya Yoga (Techniques of energy sublimation). Known as the 'Father of Scientific Yoga', Swami Gitananda combined his scientific background with the ancient techniques of classical Yoga calling the result "Rishi Culture Ashtanga Yoga" which is now called Gitananda Yoga.

Goat Yoga

Goat yoga is a new trend that originated from the States - where baby goats take part in yoga classes in a fun, relaxing and safe environment. The goats are allowed to stroll around, jump all over everywhere and snuggle with the participants as they try their best to hold their yoga poses. A fun experience where baby goats are well treated and bring a smile to all!


Hatha Yoga encompasses the various physical styles of yoga. It attempts to balance mind and body through physical postures and controlled breathing, as well as calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Many of the modern styles of yoga popular in the West derive from the Hatha Yoga school of Krishnamacharya (who taught from 1924 until 1989), including the styles of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Integral, Satyananda and Sivananda.

High-intensity interval training

High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training (SIT), is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods, until too exhausted to continue. Though there is no universal HIIT session duration, these intense workouts typically last under 30 minutes, with times varying based on a participant's current fitness level. HIIT workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition as well as improved glucose metabolism. Compared with other regimens, HIIT may not be as effective for treating hyperlipidemia and obesity, or improving muscle and bone mass. However, research has shown that HIIT regimens produced significant reductions in the fat mass of the whole-body. Some researchers also note that HIIT requires "an extremely high level of subject motivation" and question whether the general population could safely or practically tolerate the extreme nature of the exercise regimen.

Hoponopono flow

The Ho'ponopono flow is a serie of creative yoga sequences combining fluid movements and healing mediations from the spiritual Ho'ponopono method.

Hot Barre

A Barre class, but in a heated room. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Also, a class might incorporate light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

Hot Yoga

For these classes, the room temperature is kept at 95-100º Fahrenheit or 37º Celsius which helps the body warm up while it relaxes the muscles, increasing its flexibility and preventing injury. The heat encourages an increase in cardiovascular activity, helps you burn more calories and allows you to sweat more thus helping the body to get rid of toxins faster. (See also Bikram and Moksha).

Hula hoop yoga

Practice of Yoga combined with the Hula Hoop as a balance and stretching tool. Combining the hoop with Yoga poses adds balance, extends stretches and helps rotate the torso, creating body awareness in a playful new form of exercise.

Immersive Yoga

Immersive Yoga is a wireless technology and offers a unique and personalized experience that will please you for sure. Participants will have the chance to try an extraordinary sensory and auditory experience, combining yoga and music, led by the teachings of yoga masters.


Unlike other Yoga practices, Integral Yoga does not propose any kind of physical asanas, breathing techniques or external movements – it is more psychological in nature. Developed by Sri Aurobindo in 1921, it works on the union of all parts of one's being to create a state of harmony and greater consciousness. Integral Yoga advocates several practices, called together the seven quadrates (sapta chatushtaya), which consist of: Shanti (peace, calm); Shakti (power); Vijnana (knowledge); Sharira (body); Karma (divine work); Brahma and Siddhi (realization).


Acronym for the 'Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda', the word also has a Sanskrit meaning: that which resonates with the individual spirit. ISHTA Yoga is a complete yoga system where you tune into yourself to discover which asanas best prepare your body, which breathing and visualization exercises best still your mind, and which meditation techniques best expand your awareness.


Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1970's, this is a form of Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of asana (posture) and pranayama (breath control). The development of strength, mobility and stability is gained through the asanas. Various props such as belts and blocks are integrated into your asanas to develop strength, stamina, flexibility and balance.


A physical, ethical, and spiritual practice, combining a vigorous hatha yoga, vinyasa-based physical style with adherence to five central tenets: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (non-violence, non-harming), nāda (music), and dhyana (meditation). It was derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. Classes often promote environmentalism, animal rights, and veganism.

Jnana Yoga

Jnana Yoga (the yoga of 'Transcendental Knowledge') is devoted to knowledge of God and the Self. It is an enquiry into the ultimate Truth. While not considered the easiest path of yoga, it is a direct path to Union with God (Samadhi).

JOGA (Jogging & Yoga)

Cardio jogging followed by yoga - the cardio jogging provides a progressive and motivating workout while the yoga relaxes the muscles and enhances the endurance of stabilizing muscles. Perfect for those who like to run and do yoga!


A form of martial art that combines boxing with elements of karate, in particular kicking with bare feet.


Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate mixed with boxing.Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a contact sport. Japanese kickboxing originated in the late 1950s, with competitions held since then.American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and was brought to prominence in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) held the first World Championships. Historically, kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles. This approach became increasingly popular since the 1970s, and since the 1990s, kickboxing has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts via further hybridisation with ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and folk wrestling. There is no single international governing body. International governing bodies include International Combat Organisation, World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, World Kickboxing Association, International Sport Karate Association, International Kickboxing Federation, World Kickboxing Network, among others. Consequently, there is no single kickboxing world championship, and champion titles are issued by individual promotions, such as K-1, Glory, Kunlun Fight, and SUPERKOMBAT among others. Bouts organised under different governing bodies apply different rules, such as allowing the use of knees or clinching, etc.


Yoga classes specifically designed for children. Stronger bodies, better concentration and decreased anxiety, are some of the many well-documented benefits of Yoga for kids. The yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques in this class encourage healthy physical development, self-confidence and concentration skills. Kids get focused and have a fun time! Check on studio/teacher's website for more information about which age groups they cater to. (For older children, see 'Teen')

Kirtan Yoga

Kirtan is a part of the Hindu tradition of singing the praises of the divine in its many forms; as such it is an important practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga. The format is typically call-and-response in Sanskrit, but there are also songs from a wide range of spiritual traditions.

Krav maga

Krav Maga (/krɑːv məˈɡɑː/; Hebrew: קְרַב מַגָּע‬ [ˈkʁav maˈɡa], lit. "contact-combat") is a military self-defence and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces that derived from a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, Aikido, judo, and karate, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extreme efficiency. It was derived from the street-fighting experience of Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler while defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, during the mid-to-late 1930s.In the late 1940s, following his migration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF. From the outset, the original concept of Krav Maga was to take the most simple and practical techniques of other fighting styles (originally European boxing, wrestling, and street fighting) and to make them rapidly teachable to military conscripts. Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing aggression, and simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers. Krav Maga has been used by the Israel Defense Forces' special forces units, the security apparatus, and by regular infantry units. Closely related variations have been developed and adopted by Israeli law enforcement and intelligence organizations. There are several organizations teaching variations of


Developed by Amrit Desai in the 1970's, Kripalu combines Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. A relaxing, compassionate approach emphasizing meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation. The three stages of Kripalu Yoga are: willful practice (a focus on alignment, breath, and the presence of consciousness); willful surrender (a conscious holding of the postures to the level of tolerance and beyond, deepening concentration and focus of internal thoughts and emotions); and meditation in motion (the body's complete release of internal tensions and a complete trust in the body's wisdom to perform the postures and movements needed to release physical and mental tensions and enter deep meditation).


Kriya Yoga is described by its practitioners as the ancient Yoga system revived in modern times, brought to international awareness by Yogananda's book Autobiography of a Yogi and through Yogananda's introductions of the practice to the West in the 1920's. Dynamic, yet meditative asana flows that include the subtle aspects of yoga : mantra (chanting and recitation of spiritual scriptures), mudra and bandha (teachings/transmission). The Kriya yoga system consists of a number of levels of pranayama, mantra, and mudra based on techniques intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion.


Through regular practice of meditation, pranayama (dynamic breathing techniques), mantra chanting and yoga asanas (postures), it focuses on awakening kundalini energy drawing it up from the base of the spine through each of the seven chakras. Called by its practitioners "the yoga of awareness", it aims "to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others."

Laughter Yoga

The typical Laughter Yoga session begins with clapping exercises while chanting, then breathing exercises and stretching exercises. After what could be considered as a warm-up, a series of laughter exercises begins.

Live music jam Yoga

Live music during the class


Through traditional and modern exercises as well as breathing techniques, it leads the student to the practices of pranayama, attention and presence. Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind to realize some benefit (calming) or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (Qi, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.


Yoga classes specifically designed for men and opened to men only.


Mindfulness meditation improves the general state of health and promotes inner peace. The mindfulness meditation is a therapeutic approach and a tool recognized by conventional medicine specifically aimed at reducing the state of stress, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, better manage emotions hyperactivity, hypertension and depression.


A style of Hot Yoga, Moksha is a hot yoga series rooted in the traditional teachings of yoga and yoga therapy concepts created for practice in a heated room (37ºC/100ºF). A cardiovascular workout that strengthens, tones, and stretches the muscles while calming the mind and reducing stress. A combination of calm breathing and deep stretching allows for greater oxygen supply throughout the body, which returns the internal system to its healthiest form. The heat allows for deep stretching and promotes detoxification of the skin, blood and muscles. Moksha/Modo studios are committed to the love of hot yoga, community outreach, and environmental awareness.

Mom & Baby

Reshape and refresh the body and mind after childbirth with a host of simple but highly effective poses. Mom and Baby classes generally accommodate babies aged six weeks to crawling. In most classes, moms will place a yoga blanket at the top of their yoga mat where the baby will lie for the duration of the class. Moms are entirely free to pick up, hold, feed, or change their baby during the class and it is never a problem if a baby cries. These classes are also a great place to meet other new mothers. Some classes are opened to dads too.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai (Thai: มวยไทย, RTGS: muai thai, pronounced [mūa̯j tʰāj] (About this soundlisten)) or Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs" as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the 20th century, when practitioners from Thailand began competing in kickboxing, mixed rules matches, as well as matches under Muay Thai rules around the world. The professional league is governed by The Professional Boxing Association of Thailand (P.A.T) sanctioned by The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), and World Professional Muaythai Federation (WMF) overseas. It is similar to related styles in other parts of the Indian cultural sphere, namely Lethwei in Myanmar, Pradal Serey in Cambodia, Muay Lao in Laos, and Tomoi in Malaysia.


a.k.a. Independent Practice. Unlike typical ''led'' classes, in a Mysore class, you practice according to the pace of your own breath, moving through postures with your individual strengths and restrictions in mind. The teacher, meanwhile, provides guidance and adjustments tailored to you alone.

Natha Yoga

Natha Yoga is an original philosophy and method which aim to awake the best human qualities on the spiritual, the energetic, the mental and the physical levels (youth, longevity, health, personal fulfilment). The particularity of this type of yoga is that it emphasizes immobility and a strong work on breath, mantras and focus.


Yoga Nidra is a practice of concentration, meditation and contemplation that opens the door to conscious experimentation with the dream state and deep sleep. Yoga Nidra is an intense relaxation technique, thanks to which you can let go of your deep psychic tensions.


Means Sleep of the Yogis. Starts with doing a few postures before lying on the back in a relaxed posture. While breathing quietly, the practitioner follows the instructions of the teacher and dives into a deep state of meditation and relaxation.


Yoga classes taught outdoors, in parks or on the beach.

Partner Yoga

By pairs or couple, the "partner yoga" uses the forms and principles of individual yoga postures by including the presence of the other to deepen the experience. This practice promotes listening to each other and self-esteem. After all, the Sanskrit word « yoga » does not mean « union » ?

Personalized Yoga Class

Everybody and every group is different, so I stopped trying to meet anybody with a plan in mind. With years of practice and experience in this field, I have noticed that the best yoga classes are the ones designed for you in mind. The first class will be some basic poses to see where everybody is at in terms of alignment and physical ailments if any. Then, from my observations and interactions with the group, I will design a plan to improve your overall health with flexibility, tone, endurance and strength which will give you lots of benefits on many levels such as better concentration, digestion, circulation, balance and energy throughout the day. Each class will be playful, supportive and include hands-on adjustment to ensure safe alignment through your practice.


An exercise system focused on building strength without bulk, improving flexibility and agility, and helping to prevent injury. It involves a series of controlled movements which engage both your body and mind. The primary focus is on awareness of the spine, proper breathing, core strength and flexibility.


In these supportive classes you will be able to practice freely in a comfortable, non-competitive, non-weight loss oriented environment.

Power Yoga

Power Yoga or Dynamic Yoga is a vigorous and physically demanding style. Some classes focus on strength and flexibility training primarily for the body, while others emphasize a greater spiritual connection and focus on creating harmony, vitality and freedom for both body and mind.

Prana Flow Yoga

Prana Flow is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana - the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence - as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to Vinyasa yoga and the state of flow drawn from Krishnamacharya's teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Somatics and Shiva's teaching experience from the last fifteen years.


Controlled and conscious breathing exercises. The word is composed from two Sanskrit words: prana meaning life force (noted particularly as the breath), and ayāma, to extend or draw out. Pranayama is one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.


Prenatal classes are designed to optimize expectant mothers’ physical and mental health while promoting the bond between mother and child. Breathing exercises are emphasized throughout the class to calm the mind, and prepare the body for delivery. The poses are modified to accommodate Mom’s blossoming figure at each stage of pregnancy. Each is carefully chosen to stretch and strengthen muscles needed to support the body during pregnancy and childbirth.

Qi Gong

Ancient Chinese healing art combining meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. Regular and consistent practice will improve physical and mental well-being and can prevent disease and improve longevity. The body is gently moved through all of its ranges of motion in movements coordinated with the breath and with a focused mental attitude. There is little striving; instead, staying relaxed and comfortable throughout the movements is of paramount importance.


For people who self identify as queer. All bodies, sizes and abilities welcome. Queer and Trans Positive space.

Raja Yoga

Ancient spiritual meditative practice to enhance your relationship with reality and achieve ultimate liberation.


Relaxation is a resting method that helps resolve muscular and psychic tensions by exercises both physical and mental.


Achieve pure peace-of-mind through meditation to relax and rejuvenate. A gentle class with postures on the floor held for a few minutes and supported by blocks and other accessories. It aims to balance the nervous system, improve blood circulation and activate the immune system. Improves your flexibility without strain and revitalizes your organs. This type of yoga is accessible and beneficial to practitioners of all ages and levels.


Yoga holidays of 1 to 10 days. Pack up your yoga mat for a life-changing yoga adventure. Unwind from daily stress as you pamper your soul and nourish your body with yoga classes several times a day, healthy meals, workshops (sometimes spa services, excursions and other activities). These retreats help you recharge, renew and refresh as you soak up the incredible energy of the fabulous locations. Develop strength, reconnect to your inner fire and create lasting memories. Expect to be challenged, inspired, motivated and pampered with plenty of yoga playtime.


Rocket® Yoga is a modification of traditional Ashtanga Yoga. Quick and dynamic in style, these Power Yoga routines are suitable for all levels of students and allow them to practice together.

Satsang Yoga

Silent group meditation and meditative chanting of mantras and kirtan. Meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. Satsang is the heart of the yoga practice. Open to all levels.


ISatyananda addresses the qualities of head (intellect), heart (emotion) and hands (action) and offers an integrated approach to the practitioner's physical, mental, and spiritual development. Classes are balanced between asanas (postures) – to balance the body and mind through the physical body; pranayama (breathing techniques) – to work on the energy body; and meditation practices – to understand, calm and focus the mind. It enables the practitioner to frame all aspects of their lives, according to their needs, in a way which is conducive to spiritual growth and deeper inner awareness. This style, also referred to as 'Bihar Yoga', was developed by Satyananda Saraswati in the 1960's.


Self-massage is a technique aimed at massaging yourself. Practicing anywhere, it’s a personalized support that focuses on the different areas of the body in order to relieve tension, aches, stress or simply to relax. Self-massage stimulates blood circulation and venous return and provides a better body diagram of one's own body.


Yoga classes adapted to practitioners over 60 years old. These soft and relaxing classes bring better physical, mental and emotional knowledge of one self while developing strength and flexibility at one's own pace. This class uses help from props in order to make practice safe and adapted to one's own capabilities.


A style of Hatha Yoga developed by Shandor Remete. It incorporates all traditional aspects of Hatha Yoga, including asana, bandha, pranayama, mudra, and meditation aspects. A unique aspect of Shadow Yoga is its three prelude forms that consist of dynamic activities to prepare the body for general asana practise. They consist of non-traditional poses that build strength in the legs and core, and increase flexibility in the hips and spine. These poses culminate in a series of Surya Namaskara that involve spiralling movements without typical "jump-back" movements common in styles such as Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga. In the full form of each prelude, they continue after the sun salutations with a series of traditional and semi-traditional asanas.


Sivananda yoga is a type of Hatha yoga based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. The five basic principles covered by Sivananda yoga are: exercise (asana), breathing (pranayama), relaxation (savasana), vegetarian diet (sattvic diet) and positive thinking coupled with meditation (vedanta and dhyana ). A typical Sivananda Yoga class lasts 90 minutes, it includes the Sun Salutation, breathing exercises, the 12 basic postures with their variations and a final relaxation.

Slow Flow

Slow Flow yoga is a Vinyasa style yoga with a slower and gentler pace. Transitions between postures are generally slower and the poses held for a longer period. This style of yoga allows participants to dive deeper in the practice as the gentle rhythm encourages students to become aware of their breaths in coordination with their body movements.

Soft Hatha

With a classic Hatha Yoga approach this practice is leaning up against the restorative yoga practices. There are more seated and lying poses, finding release on both physical as emotional and mental levels through twists and stretches. Awareness is also placed strongly towards the practice of pranayama and meditation.

Sound Healing

The basic principle of sound healing is the concept of resonance (the vibratory frequency of an object.) The electromagnetic fields which surround the body, has a healthy vibratory frequency. Sound healing or therapeutic frequencies and sounds are delivered via, live sound therapy sessions, the voice, chanting and a variety of tools such as Tibetan singing bowls, quartz crystal bowls, monochords as well as those from more Shamanic Sound Healing traditions, drum, flute and so on.

Spin Yoga

Combination of Spinning and yoga. The calming and relaxing yoga after a high-intensity spinning makes spin-yoga a very complementing workout.

SUP/On Water

An interesting and original way to practice yoga and to get fit: yoga on a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). The simple act of maintaining balance on a SUP calls on stabilizing muscles and the abdominal belt. These classes are developed according to the principle of proprioception to maximize your SUP Yoga class with yoga postures and balance games on water.

Tai Chi

These gentle routines emphasize strengthening the body internally while harmonizing it externally with nature. Utilizing static postures, moving forms and self massage, the aim of this class is to accumulate, circulate and harmonize Qi (vital energy).

Tantra Yoga

A complete Yoga system with 3 main branches: an ascetic path of knowledge, devotion and worship; a path of sexualized devotion and a path similar to Kundalini Yoga.

Taoist Yoga

Sometimes known as Chinese Yoga. Taoist Yoga integrates Qi Gong and Kundalini yoga methods and is otherwise known as Dao-in Lung Shen (Cultivating Chi Dragon Spirit - alluding to the serpentine energy of the Kundalini). The focus is on the regulation of breathing, and specific postures and forms which are accessible to people at all levels. It helps to heal and process stress, promoting deep relaxation and well-being. With regular practice you will attain a balance of energy (Chi) as you align your body, mind and spirit.

Teacher training

If you're looking for a training course to become a Certified Yoga Teacher yourself, this is the 'style' to look out for. From 200-hour to 1000-hour trainings in a wide range of yoga styles. Check each studio/teacher's website for more information on the types of training they are offering (which style, how long, prerequisites, ...).


Yoga classes specially designed for Teenagers (and sometimes for pre-teens/Tweens) to experience the positive benefits of yoga, ultimately building resilience, self-esteem and the self-regulation skills essential to a positive adolescent experience and lifelong health and wellness. In the end, healthier teens means healthier adults and communities.


Therapeutic Yoga classes are particularly effective practices for those recovering from, or living with injury or illness, or simply for those who want to give their bodies a chance to catch up. These classes blend restorative practices (postures supported entirely by yoga props), gentle yoga, breath work, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way to reduce stress and help restore you back towards better balance. Some studios offer Yoga Therapy as one-on-one sessions.

Tibetan Yoga

A range of tantric meditation, pranayama practices or physical practices. The Five Tibetans (Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power) refers to a sequence of postures composed of five flowing movements which are repeated creating an active workout.

Unda Yoga

Interior workout board that recreate the effect of a stand up paddle board and a surf board. This workout helps you maintain and improve your balance, your tone, your ‘’core’’, your proprioception and your agility to move on an unstable surface.


A gentle and fluid therapeutic style of Hatha Yoga developed by Krishnamacharya who believed yoga practice should be adapted to fit each practitioner's individuality, particular situation, needs and abilities. This therapeutic variation leaves you feeling peaceful and relaxed. The flowing Viniyoga sequence is similar to the series practiced in Ashtanga Yoga, but it is performed at a much slower pace.

Vinyasa Flow

A flowing, dynamic practice in which movement is linked to breath. These classes are usually vigorous and can be more physically demanding. The sequence is generally more varied than in Ashtanga classes and often start with the Sun Salutations series to warm up the body. Vinyasa Flow Yoga builds strength, flexibility, concentration and balance.


Yoga wheels are sometimes used to make stretches deeper and more intense, and, sometimes, they are used to make difficult arm balances or backbends more accessible. The key benefits are said to be in releasing tension and building flexibility. They can also improve balance, proprioception and core strength.


Yoga classes specifically designed for women and opened to women only. (For pregnant women, see 'Pregnancy' and for new mothers see 'Mom & Baby')


Usually given in one or several sessions of a few hours about a specific theme related to yoga. A few examples: master classes, perfecting your pranayama, inversions and headstands, introduction to meditation, body and soul detox, the 5 Tibetans series, ...


Part of restaurative yoga, Yin offers a Series of traditional yoga postures practiced on the floor and held in position for three to ten minutes. Most forms of Yoga practiced today are Yang, they emphasize muscular movement and contraction. By contrast Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues (including fascia) of the hips, pelvis and lower spine by relaxing the surrounding muscles. This class is suitable for all levels.


Series of postures and breathing exercises which lead to a deeper grounding and a return to inner balance necessary to a good physical and mental health. This practice improves strength, endurance, flexibility, stability and opening. Each participates at his or her own pace, staying in touch with their body and their limits, taking a break when it is needed.

Yoga Ball

Exploration of yoga with a ball. An excellent way to work in depth and to strengthen your centre as well as getting into the postures with more stability and more awareness. The ball is used to improve the understanding of yoga postures. The focus is on stability, proprioceptioon (coordination, balance) and the strength of the stabilizing muscles, while enjoying the body's natural flexibility and grace.

Yoga Fitness

Yoga Fitness is a set of movements that are used to improve your body capacity or your physical appearance and combined with the art of listening to yourself through breathing and yoga postures.

Yoga for Runners

As the name states, the Yoga for Runners class is specially designed for running enthusiasts. It focuses on lower body work, proper posture, and healthy joint movement.

Yoga lectures

Discussions about various Yoga related topics.

Yoga of Sound/Nada

With continued sounds, a focused mind and controlled breath, the individual can, according to Nāda yoga, "listen in on" their own "inner sound". Such a process of inner awareness and sensitivity leads to increased self-recollectedness and finally to awakening. To concentrate on this inner sound as a support for meditation is very helpful to tame the mind. Like many other kinds of yoga, one does not need to be a devotee of this path in order to have the experience.

Yoga Tune-Up®

Target specific body areas using a unique blend of corrective exercise, yoga, and self-massage techniques.

Yoga Wall

Do yoga postures with the help of hook straps on the wall. Lean, stretch, and hang up side down in a safe, fun, yogic environment.

Yoga Yanumoja

Yanumoja Yoga, a practice of self-exploration through movement, breath, meditation and community. It focuses on channelling energy toward union (Nirvana). Yanumoja Yoga follows the Eight-Fold Path of Ashta-anga and includes the tantric philosophy of embracing awareness of one's true nature while fully engaging in life. A unique feature of Yanumoja Yoga is that students are encouraged to attune themselves into the energy of nature, specifically the flow of the seasons, and to amplify this energy for self-growth. Vinyasa flow (asana movement), breath, sensory focus, meditation, reflection, visualization, yoga philosophy, and creating balance in life are all important elements in Yanumoja Yoga practice.


YogaFit ™ is for everyone and for every body. Created by Beth Shaw, YogaFit™ is designed to improve health, performance, and mental sharpness. YogaFit™ is based on the ancient science of Hatha Yoga which includes balance, strength, power, all delivered in a fitness training format. YogaFit™ masters the mystery of yoga by delivering an easy, accessible, understandable, and doable practice for people of all fitness levels. The YogaFit™ style reduces the risk of injury and helps in the healing of ailments such as stress, lower back pain, and tension.

Yogalates/Yoga Pilates

A blend of the techniques and postures from Yoga and Pilates. (See 'Yoga' and 'Pilates').


Inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and Hula dance, creative yoga session for fluid movement, breathing and visualization.


Zumba Fitness, LLC Zumba Fitness logo.png Industry Fitness Founded October 1999; 19 years ago Founder Alberto "Beto" Perez Number of locations 180 countries Website Zumba is an exercise fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s.[1] Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included.