So you know how great Yoga and meditation is for you so you Google a class near you. They talk about Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyassa…what the heck? You just want to do Yoga…you realise there are a plethora of types of Yoga and you’re totally confused. Here’s quick guide of the most popular, and I’ll let you know why I walked out of one.
Ashtanga (or Astanga) Yoga was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga is a very physical and is not for beginners. It asks you to synchronize your breathing with a continuous series of postures-a process producing intense heat and sweat that is said to detoxify the muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, flexibility, stamina, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Mysore Yoga is Ashtanga Yoga practised without instruction. Bikram Yoga (sometimes called Hot Yoga) was developed by Bikram Choudhury. It’s special as it is practised in a 39 degree room with 90% humidity. This makes the Yoga a workout in a very hot, sticky room. The routine is the same each time. It is said to promote more flexibility, detoxification, and prevent injuries. As I have low blood pressure, this heat totally floored me. I was able to do all of the Yoga, but when the fellow’s sweat 5 cm next to me flicked onto my face, I felt physically sick. I had to leave and get some fresh air. I made an idiot of myself sliding around on my own sweat trying to get out. The room was packed, people seem to either love it or hate it. You can probably guess how I feel about it… Hatha Yoga is what I teach and love. It’s the traditional easy-to-learn basic form of yoga that is the foundation all other Yoga styles. It incorporates Asanas (postures), Pranayama (regulated breathing), meditation (Dharana & Dhyana) into a complete system that can be used to achieve enlightenment or self-realization. It has become very popular for stress management, strength building and flexibility. Poses can be modified to suit beginners and to challenge those who want more. (To find out more about the meaning of Asana, Pranayama and more, please refer to my blog “Yoga Lingo”.) Iyengar Yoga, developed by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, promotes strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance through coordinated breathing and poses that require precise body alignment. The poses are generally held longer than in other styles of yoga. Equipment (props) like cushions, blankets, straps, and blocks to help you get into the poses. Kundalini practice concentrates on awakening the energy at the base of the spine and drawing it upward. In addition to postures, a typical class will also include chanting, meditation, and breathing exercises. You can recognise these peeps because they usually wear all white and the teachers wear white turbans. Restorative Yoga: In a restorative yoga class you’ll spend long periods of time lying on blocks, blankets and yoga bolsters – passively allowing muscles to relax. My absolutely favourite practise to do at home. Yin Yoga: This Yoga looks easier than it is. The poses are held for longer and it gets more into the ligaments and joints. If you’re looking at building your flexibility, this is the one for you. This is my second favourite practise at home.
What your favourite?
Would you like to try Yoga? I have a wide choice of options for you. I have designed a beginners home programme, a 7 day challenge program and then there’s my most popular one, it’s the private membership. I give you a long and short Yoga session, a long and short meditation/relaxation, a recipe, a smoothie idea, access to our private Facebook page to support you and I give you a call once a month to motivate you and see if you have any questions.
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With love and light,
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