Fitness Resource Guide

By Casey Lyons | Boston Magazine |

Casual to Hardcore: Yoga

Chair Yoga
What: Some (okay, all) advanced yoga poses can look intimidating to newbies—especially to seniors or those with injuries that impair movement. Enter chair yoga, which teaches basic poses and breathing while controlling intensity and the impact on joints.
Where: Blissful Monkey, 663 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, blissfulmonkey.com.
When: Anytime; classes generally have about five participants.

Slow Flow
What:To maximize yoga’s benefits, you need perfect form. That’s why beginners and advanced students alike hit slow-flow classes, which break down yoga postures into individual movements and focus on alignment.
Where: Exhale Back Bay, 28 Arlington St., Boston, exhalespa.com.
When: Mornings for company (20 to 25 attend); afternoons for elbow room.

Beginners Bikram 
What: Now that you’ve mastered yoga’s basic moves, you can employ them in a hot (100 to 105 degree) room to detoxify (via sweat), stretch your muscles more easily, and burn more calories. It’s true: Some like it hot.
Where: Bikram Yoga, 30 JFK St., 2nd fl., Cambridge, bikramyogaboston.com.
When: Anytime; the average class size is 30 (even fewer in the afternoon), but 80 is the max.

Hip-Hop Yoga
What: Yes, some studios are more likely to pipe in unobtrusive classical music, or, worse, Muzak during classes. For those who want more danceable energy than soporific relaxation, there’s this fast-paced class, which improbably blends Vinyasa yoga with Kanye.
Where: Sweat & Soul Yoga, 1032A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, sweatandsoulyoga.com.
When: Classes, capped at 30, are busiest during evenings.