There are many types of yoga under the sun, from relatively recent schools such as Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, to ancient Hatha yoga and many forms in between. Perhaps ultimately, as many forms of yoga exist as there are yoga teachers. But what then, is functional yoga? Why do we need another fancy name?
Functional yoga is not so much one particular style of yoga school, but rather the underlying attitude with which all yoga can be taught. To practice and teach functional yoga is in its basics: the assumption that not all bodies align the same way, and learning to understand each of our individual alignment cues may be much more beneficial than forcing our bodies to all look the same.