Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners

What to expect: Slightly vigorous cardio movements based on “Sun Salutations,” in which a flowing series of standing and floor positions are synchronized with deep breaths. More intense stretches usually follow at the end of each class.

Who should try it: Anyone suffering from depression or looking to boost his or her mood.

The details: In a small pilot study, which followed 10 depressed patients who were not responding to antidepressant medication, nine out of ten subjects exhibited significant decreases in depression symptoms after practicing Vinyasa yoga regularly over the course of eight weeks.