If you've been interested in trying out yoga or are already taking classes and want to deepen your practice, you'd love an Anusara Yoga class. It's so different than other styles of yoga because not only does it incorporate doing physical poses that strengthen and tone your body, but it'll open and lift your spirit as well.
If you do go to a class, here is what to expect: the teacher usually begins with everyone seated with their eyes closed, and she'll guide the students through an invocation, or centering. In my experience, it's about five minutes or less, but a great way to calm your mind before class. It's a way to honor yourself, and if you want to, recognize the universal Spirit within and around you. If you don't believe in God, (or Spirit as it is referred to in the yoga world), that's fine. You can just use this time to meditate or honor someone else in your life.
Then the teacher will begin to guide you through a series of postures that are always connected with your breath. If you are interested in proper alignment, you will love this class. The teacher will give you extremely specific verbal cues and will also do physical adjustments to help you get your bones, muscles, and even your organs in the right place. Class ends with Savasana or a centering meditation.
This is one of my favorite styles of yoga because at the end of class, you are guaranteed to feel open and light, both physically and mentally. If you're looking for a certified Anusara instructor, check out this directory.