Hatha Yoga: A slow paced class where participants are encouraged to work at their own pace and stretch using the correct breathing techniques. A good starting class for beginner (look for class suitability level). Mostly suitable for all.
Ashtanga Yoga: A bit more dynamic compare to Hatha Yoga. A great strengthening work out. Its recommended to start from Hatha Yoga before you embark on Ashtanga. However you can find beginner level Ashtanga classes in your area.
Yoga Flow: Also know as Vinyasa Yoga, the postures are performed in a certain sequences that link breath to movement which in turn detoxifies, stretches, and strengthens the body and builds ‘prana’ or life force energy. This combination of breath, movement, and intense focus builds an internal heat that heals and revitalizes mind, body and spirit.
Other types of Yoga:
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General misconceptions about Yoga:
The whole point of yoga is to encourage you to be more flexible. If you are extremely inflexible, its all the more reason for you to go ahead and try it. You'll be fine, just follow a few simple rules:
- Look for a beginner class, better still go for a recommendation.
- Find a qualified instructor you feel comfortable with.
- Be kind to your self and others. Don't turn your yoga practice into a competition.
- Don't turn up late. A good instructor would want to talk to you about your health before the class starts.
- Don't beat yourself up for not being able to perform an asana. We are all different shapes and sizes with different capabilities. People practicing yoga for years still have limitations and weaknesses. For example, my limitation is Forward bends. This has given me a goal to work towards. A good instructor will offer you alternative options if she sees you struggling.
- Any problems, talk to the instructor, your information is confidential.
There are many types of Yoga and most of them are physically very challenging. Find out more about the type of Yoga classes that your local health club offers. Remember 'Learn to walk before you can run'.
Yoga is NOT a religion and is not restricted to any specific religion. It can be a spiritual practice ONLY IF you want it to be. Take what you need from Yoga. For most people, it is simply a class to where they get a good stretch and a nice balanced work out.