According to the BBC, Madonna and Sting are huge fans of this type of yoga. Ashtanga Yoga means “eight limbs yoga” in Sanskrit. It was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (born 1915-died 2009). It synchronises breathing with a set sequence of poses.
Power Yoga is said to have been modelled on Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Toga by two American yoga teachers who had studied under him. Power Yoga is more vigorous than Ashtanga and does not have a set series of postures. This increases your metabolic rate and reduces fat.
Invented by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga works every organ, ligament and muscle in your body. It involves a series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. One Bikram Yoga session lasts for 90 minutes and is done in a heated room to prevent injury. It improves weight loss, flexibility and metabolism, and it moves fresh oxygenated blood around the body.
Hot Yoga classes take place in heated rooms that are between 30˚ and 50˚ with humidity being between 40% and 60%. The idea is that poses will be safer in higher temperatures and the body will sweat out toxins. Bikram Yoga is the most popular hot yoga but other yoga styles are used as well.