What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 103 - My kind of yoga

Today I went to Full Circle Yoga and took a Yin class with Kristen Schneider.  Total Zen feeling afterwards.

I was thinking today about the many types of yoga out in this world.  Hatha yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga, Dhrarma yoga, Hot yoga, Gentle yoga, Yin yoga, Yin Yang yoga, Flow yoga, Power yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, Aerial yoga, Kundalini yoga, and so many more.  Soooo many.

What is the best yoga?  The answer is the one that fits for you.  When beginning I always recommend people to try as many different types of studios, yoga types, and instructors out there. There are several different yoga studio's in Orlando alone.  Each have their own philosophy, and each teacher also has there own way to instruct the class.

I have talked to a lot of people who have told me that they have tried yoga and it is just not their thing.  I often wonder if it just was not their thing because they did not fit the type of yoga.  There are such a large stretch of yoga types out there.

If you are just starting off in yoga, you need to ask yourself what are you looking to get out of your yoga session.  Are you looking to grow into a human pretzel?  Are you looking to find a relaxing moment to yourself?  Are you looking to dive deeper into your soul?  Are you looking to get into better shape?  Are you looking to clear your mind?  Be honest and then be patient.

Be honest, but then also be realistic.  Other than the cheerleaders and gymnast most of us do not have the flexibility when first starting off in yoga.  I have a football background and could not touch my toes when I started yoga.  There are some postures that I was good at, and others that I do not think I will ever be able to do.  One of the biggest accomplishments for a lot of people is to overcome the fear of not being flexible or comparing themselves to another person in the room.  The first accomplishment is always showing up to a class.  The second is to keep coming back.  The biggest life lesson you can take from yoga is that life is about trying and practice.  If you never do yoga you will never become better at it.  Practice, practice, practice.

If you are looking for a basic start up yoga and do not have a lot of physical background or do not like gym's I would recommend starting with yoga's like Hatha, Gentle, or Yin.  If you are always in a gym and love that gym type of atmosphere you should go to Hot yoga or Power yoga.  If you like to go the traditional route and learn about breathing and the same series of postures I would recommend Ashtanga or Dharma.  Please also try all the other types of yoga.  These are just a few I would recommend.

There are so many different types out there.  Do not get discouraged if you do not like the first class you walk into.  Try something else.  There is a yoga that is right for you.

I remember my first yoga class at Prem yoga in West Palm Beach, Florida.  I was in a room full of older women.  I felt intimated by the knowledge and flexibility of these ladies.  I felt a little out of place because of this strange chanting thing they did.  I then listened to Prem.  She guided me into a place where I could stop and focus on myself.  I remember laying down at the end of the class thinking...how long are we supposed to lay here for?  Is everyone sitting here with their eyes shut?  Am I relaxing right?  I also remembering leaving the class with a feeling of a big burden being lifted off my shoulders.  It was my first of many classes.

Do you remember your first yoga class?  What did you like about it?  How did it make you feel.  Send me an email or leave a comment.