Yoga Evolution & Lineages

Over the centuries, different masters, both traditional and contemporary, have fine-tuned and adapted the knowledge and practices to maintain relevance and increase efficacy, each, in turn giving their own unique innovation that either improves upon existing practices or caters to specific needs.
This evolution has led to various schools and styles of yogic knowledge and practices which either distinguish themselves or project a different identity. Some of the widely known schools of practice are listed below.

Ashtanga Yoga

Follows ancient teaching methods outlined as the 8 limbs propounded by Patanjali

Hatha Yoga

This stream of yoga caters to the body and teaches physical poses to cater to physical well-being and its undeniable influence on mental and emotional well-being.

Iyengar Yoga

Named after the founder of the style BKS Iyengar, this style of yoga focuses on finding the correct alignment of a pose with the help of props.

Jivamukti Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga, a modern yoga method founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984, offers a unique blend of physical, spiritual and ethical practices.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga classes allow you to rest and relax in only four or five basic postures using props such as blankets and cushions to drop into deep relaxation without exerting much effort.

Sivananda Yoga

With a five-point philosophy as its foundation Sivananda yoga believes maintaining proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking work together to create a healthy yogic lifestyle.


Viniyoga is all about form over function, breathing and adapting to the exercise, repetition and holding, and the art and science of sequencing.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa yoga, also known as “flow yoga,” is a popular and dynamic form of yoga that emphasizes synchronized breath with a continuous flow of movements.

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