Origin: Founded in 1997 by John Friend, Anusara is one of the fastest-growing forms of yoga with over 1,000 certified teachers and hundreds of thousands of devoted students around the world—inspiring Friend’s nickname, the "Yoga Mogul."
Philosophy: Anusara focuses heavily on alignment—and what Friend calls the energy loops, which help students connect with their bodies and fine-tune their form. Strongly rooted in positive thinking and spirituality, Friend considered heart-centered Anusara to be the "yoga of yes."
What to Expect: Students leave feeling warm and fuzzy with a heat-producing exercise and uplifting mini-sermons of Anusara classes. Expect to practice with lots of Lululemon-wearing, Starbucks-sipping students enjoying motivational tidbits and attention to alignment in their every asana.
Try it if…
… you long to "find yourself" like Julia Roberts did in Eat, Pray, Love. The leader of the Ganeshpuri ashram depicted in the blockbuster movie is Friend's former guru.