Which Yoga Style is Right For You?
Finding the right yoga style can be intimidating if you are new to yoga. As we make it past the halfway point of January, many “New Year’s Resolutions” start to lose steam. We can spend time talking about all the reasons why, or we can stay on the course of action. Chances are, you are you overworked and mentally stressed from the constant demands of life. Since releasing the Restorative ebook, many are discovering the benefits of practicing yoga, and how yoga can help to alleviate stress. You can find yoga in gyms and wellness programs, and yoga studios are more common. Choosing a style that fits you and your lifestyle can be confusing, especially with so many available styles. What you need to know is incorporating yoga can help you to not only relieve stress, it can also give you better balance and strength. As demonstrated with the ebook, you can even begin and maintain your yoga practice in your home. Ultimately, you can combine the styles that are right for you for a well-rounded practice.
Find A Style That Speaks to You
Do you seldom find time to escape the daily noise of life?
Try a relaxing Restorative Yoga class and you can experience relief from physical and mental stress.
Does your body feel tight?
Give a Yin (deep stretch) class a shot, where you can ease muscular tension.
Do you need an energy boost or are you looking for something more active, akin to cardio, but with low impact on your body?
Try a Vinyasa class, where you learn to link your breath with movement, and can experience a full-body workout.
Do you prefer structure, with an emphasis on fundamentals?
Ashtanga yoga may be more up your alley. It is a traditional, active sequence with ancient lineage and philosophy.
Evaluate your needs and listen to your body.
Talk with your teacher and ask questions
Are you recovering from an injury or are you particularly sore in one area? Tell your teacher and they can suggest a modification or alternate pose. Ask as many questions as possible. Having an open dialogue with your teacher helps you to learn more about what can help you.
Yoga is Not About “Being a Rubber Band”
Breath is the key component of yoga, not getting into difficult postures. Many athletes incorporate yoga, allowing them to:
1. Focus on strengthening joints to minimize the potential for injury, giving athletes more longevity;
2. Incorporate additional challenges to overcome, translating into mental toughness;
3. Improve understanding of how the mind and body work together, allowing them to be conscious of how to maximize physical efforts.
Overcoming fear and practicing at your own pace
It’s normal to be reluctant with any new experience. Fittingly, yoga helps you develop a mindset of facing challenges head-on. In my first yoga class, my teacher encouraged me to focus on observing rather than attempting all the poses, and that served me well. I now share this advice with all new students. I was initially about as graceful as a bulldozer but I maintained my practice because I became aware of the physical and mental changes, the latter of which continue to help me in other areas in my life.
If you are new to yoga, I encourage you to learn about how you can benefit in many areas of your life. I look forward to seeing or hearing from you!