Because of the changing landscape in mind-body practices, we offer this updated map of the world of yoga. Organized by style of practice rather than geographical location, it is for those who have wondered about the difference between Ashtanga and Bikram but been too afraid to ask.
Yoga style: Ashtanga, one of the many styles of Hatha yoga, which combines the physical and the spiritual in one practice.
Participants: Athletic types who like to sweat and (if male) take off their shirts.
Scenery: Typically a sparsely appointed studio, with no music or props, to encourage focus and discipline.
The routine: Fixed sequences, divided into four series: primary, intermediate, advanced and “fourth” (the secret master level).
Make sure to pack: A towel and a 5-Hour Energy shot. You will sweat in these rigorous classes.
Sample studios: Blue Sky Yoga, the Grateful Yogi, Namaste Yoga.
Suburbs: Ashtanga Vinyasa/Vinyasa Flow, the place for people who like less calisthenics, more dance and an endless variety of sequences.
Yoga style: Bikram
Population: Hot (both figuratively and literally) twenty- and thirty-somethings who don’t mind a drill sergeant-type teacher.
Scenery: Mirrored walls (watching yourself is a must) and a room heated to 90 degrees or more, which Bikram Choudhury himself refers to as his “torture chamber.”
The routine: A fixed sequence of 26 poses and some breath work akin to what you’d hear in an obstetrics ward, all developed and copyrighted by the controversial, Speedo-clad Choudhury.
Make sure to pack: A towel (you will sweat), a puke bucket and a lifeline.
Sample studios: Bikram Yoga Summerlin.
Suburbs: All the “hots”—hot ashtanga, hot hatha, hot vinyasa. Because of Bikram’s popularity and its expensive license fees, many teachers have taken the heat and applied it to these other styles.
Yoga style: Iyengar, another subset of Hatha yoga.
Population: Hippies and nerds who enjoy the technical side of yoga as much as its myths and legends.
Scenery: Like a Romper Room for yogis, filled with blankets, blocks, chairs, cushions and straps—all to help students deepen poses.
The routine: Hundreds of poses that can be arranged and taught in an endless variety of sequences, but always according to strict principles of alignment.
Make sure to pack: Patience. You’ll hold poses for a while, as you fine-tune them using muscles you didn’t know you had.
Sample studio: The B.K.S. Iyengar Center.
Suburbs: Anusara Yoga, which was, until 2012, the province of disgraced Iyengar protégé John Friend. It’s now a ghost town; various other alignment-focused styles, such as Smart Flow, also stem from Iyengar’s teachings.
Yoga style: Kundalini.
Population: Middle-aged women and other spiritual seekers.
Scenery: White turbans, soothing colors, comfortable things to sit on and music—lots of music.
The routine: Breathing, chanting, hand gestures and “locking” subtle muscle groups (e.g., pelvic floor)—often in repetition—with a focus on clearing chakras and practicing kriya, Kundalini for “energy centers” and “transformational action.”
Make sure to pack: An open mind and a soft heart.
Sample studios: Ganesha Center, Just Breathe Wellness Center.
Yoga style: Yin, another subset of Hatha yoga.
Population: Type A personalities and overachievers looking to de-stress.
Scenery: A comfortably warm room; a quiet space to work through anxiety and observe the inner workings of body and mind.
The routine: Holding poses—most of which are done in seated or reclined positions on the floor—forever (five minutes or more).
Make sure to pack: Tissues. Long holds can cause all sorts of emotions, from anger to relief, to bubble up.
Sample studios: Yoga Sanctuary, Yoga Unlimited.
Suburb: Restorative, which is an even more welcoming place for athletes, the elderly, injured and otherwise stiff and fragile types who want the long holds but with the support of props.
Looking for a place to practice? Browse our list of local studios, and explore the map below to find one closest to you.
|All About Yoga||601 Whitney Ranch, Suite C-12, Henderson||Restorative|
|Barefoot Sanctuary||In Whole Foods, Town Square, 6689 Las Vegas Blvd. South||Yin and restorative|
|Bikram||1550 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 310, Henderson||Bikram|
|Bikram||5301 Wagon Trail Ave., Suite 109, Las Vegas||Bikram|
|Bikram||7520 W. Washington Ave., Suite 150, Las Vegas||Bikram|
|Bikram||3700 S. Hualapai Way, Suite 203, Las Vegas||Bikram|
|Bluesky Yoga||Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 145 (downstairs in the Arts Factory), Las Vegas||Ashtanga and yin|
|Body Heat Hot Pilates & Yoga||8876 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 106, Las Vegas||Vinyasa|
|Ganesha Center||3199 E. Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas||Kundalini|
|Just Breathe Wellness Center||5333 S. Arville St., Suite 206, Las Vegas||Kundalini|
|Namaste Yoga||7240 W. Azure Dr., Suite 115, Las Vegas||Ashtanga, kundalini and yin|
|Northwest Yoga||7810 W. Ann Road, Suite 110, Las Vegas||Asthanga, Vinyasa Flow|
|Pilates + Yoga||500 E. Windmill Lane, Las Vegas||Vinyasa|
|Sherry Goldstein’s Yoga Sanctuary||9480 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 252, Las Vegas||Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin|
|Sherry Goldstein’s Yoga Sanctuary||7915 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 101, Las Vegas||Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin|
|Sin City Yoga||515 Rose St., Las Vegas||Vinyasa, yin and restorative|
|The B.K.S. Iyengar Center||6342 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas||Iyengar|
|The Grateful Yogi||8550 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 110, Las Vegas||Ashtanga, vinyasa and yin|
|Trufusion Yoga||8575 S. Eastern Ave, Las Vegas||Ashtanga|
|Vegas Hot Yoga & Pilates||5875 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 206, Las Vegas||Vinyasa and yin|
|Yoga Unlimited||2525 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Henderson||Ashtanga, vinyasa and yin|