"Fitness yoga" has become extremely popular, worldwide, as more people realize how much yoga has to offer as a form of exercise. In fitness-based sessions, it involves focusing primarily on yoga as an intense bodyweight workout. Most classes borrow various asanas, flows, and sequences, from several different types of yoga, in order to produce an exercise routine that is physically rewarding for the students. Fans of physical yoga workouts report that they have increased flexibility, better posture and balance, and improved muscle tone. However, are there any drawbacks to the rise of fitness-based yoga classes? Does its popularity affect the idea of yoga as a meditative practice? What can yoga instructors do in order to keep a healthy balance between fitness-based classes and more traditional yogic methods?