Since yoga was introduced to the West in the mid-twentieth century, its popularity and influence has skyrocketed. The practice has seen an especially noticeable spike in the last decade: a 2012 study found that 20.4 million Americans practice yoga (up 29% from 2008). Why? Because there’s a demand for it. With stress and anxiety levels at an all-time high, more and more Westerners are discovering the scientifically proven benefits of a mind-body practice. So too has the number of types of yoga available increased, with options for just about everyone.
If you’re looking to start your practice, or perhaps branch out, we’ve broken down a handful of the major schools of yoga conducted in the West.