So you’ve decided to start practicing yoga. Congratulations! You’ve contacted your local yoga studio and are looking at the schedule. You are seeing words you never even knew existed: Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga. Sounds like a foreign language. Don’t let this deter you! This article will help you to find the best yoga class for you.
First of all how is your health? Are you a young healthy individual? You’ll probably be able to take any yoga class you want. In order to narrow this down, you will need to take a look at what you want to accomplish. Increased flexibility: Yin would do that best. Cardio and strength: Vinayasa is what you want some studios may refer to this as Flow. Don’t feel like you’ve had a good workout unless there is a puddle of sweat: Hot Yoga will help you achieve this. Maybe you’re not so healthy or maybe you are looking to reduce stress: Restorative Yoga would be the best style for you.
This is a special type of Vinaysa yoga . You will flow from one pose to the next, but it is the same poses every time. If you are the type of person that doesn’t like surprises and prefers to know what is coming next, you’ll probably enjoy this yoga style.
This is usually a Vinaysa class that is held in a classroom which is kept between 90 and 100 degrees. Different studios set the temperature differently. You will definitely sweat during this class so be sure to hydrate before, during and after.
This yoga style focuses on relaxation and restoration. Your body is fully supported with props such as bolsters, blocks, straps, and blankets. Although not the most physically demanding, it is a great way to unwind and relax at the end of a long day or a long week. Because of the support during the poses, this is great for the elderly, injured, and people with poor health. It will help your body to turn on the relaxation response and turn off the fight or flight response.
This is sometimes referred to as Flow yoga because you move or flow from one pose to the next as you breathe. This is great for cardio as well as strength work.
Yin yoga is great for increasing flexibility. In Yin yoga the asanas or postures are help anywhere from one to twenty minutes. Props such as blocks, straps, and blankets are used to help you feel comfortable while you focus on the area you are stretching. By holding the poses longer, it allows the muscles to relax so you can work on increasing the flexibility of the connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. This is great for most people.
Please keep in mind these are the general definitions of each style of yoga. Each studio and each instructor in the studio may interpret the definition of a style a little differently. If you try an instructor and it’s not your thing, try another. If after trying several instructors at the same studio, try a different studio. There is a yoga style for everyone. Now that you’ve read this article, you have an idea of what the best yoga style for you will be. Keep trying different instructors and studios until you find your best yoga style. Happy Practicing!