A combination of classical hatha yoga poses and breathing with a therapeutic emphasis on psychology and clarification of physical and mental feedback, Phoenix Rising may be appropriate for someone with arthritis. This recently developed style of yoga is often practiced with a private instructor.

Strenuous Yoga: Best to Avoid

Astanga yoga involves continuous movement from one pose to another in an often strenuous manner. It may not be appropriate for someone with arthritis or a beginner.

Also known as hot yoga because it’s conducted in studios that are heated to 105 or 110 degrees Fahrenheit, Bikram is very popular in the United States. Its founder, Bikram Choudhury, claims that the heat promotes better stretching, lowers the chance of injury, and reduces stress and tension. However, it may not be a good choice for someone with arthritis.

Often advertised as “yoga for abs or butt” or power yoga, Body Pump combines yoga poses with other types of exercise to build muscle strength and burn calories. It may not be advisable for people with arthritis or beginners to practice this form, due to its strenuous nature.

Body Balance is a new style that includes various postures with an in-depth exploration of how yoga affects anatomy and its therapeutic benefits.

Seeking Enlightenment? Try These Yoga Forms

Integral and Sivananda, gentle practices that involve, poses, breathing, chanting and meditation, may be more appropriate for people seeking a spiritual experience rather than a form of physical exercise.

Although it’s a gentle form, Ananda yoga focuses on directing one’s internal energy through psychological techniques like repeating affirmations and long meditation sessions. It may be difficult for someone with arthritis to holding a pose as long as required.

Also considered esoteric and focused on awakening spiritual energy, Kundalini yoga involves not only physical poses but intense breathing methods that may make it inappropriate for someone with arthritis.