Yoga comes in all different styles to meet the needs of a diverse audience. Some people like to study vigorous styles and use it as a key to losing weight and working out. Other styles focus on meditation and relaxation techniques to bring mind and body into one unified purpose. Take time to see what styles might be more appealing to you.
For those who want a challenging, hard workout, there are classes that can put you to the test. Try Vinyasa styles or ones that are labeled as power versions. You may learn how to smoothly go through many poses and elevate your heart rate at the same time in a powerful, disciplined workout.
Other types focus on the mind-body connection as it relates to your movement and the free flow of energy. Kundalini focuses inward on the breath and how it relates to the poses. Iyengar types work on bringing your body and its muscles all into alignment. If you notice tightness or imbalance in your body, this kind of style may work well for you.
Bikram, or “hot” styles are performed in a room where the temperature is elevated to make it more conducive to this challenging style. The result is intended to bring on a loosening of muscles so that you can go into more of a free energy flow of movement. When you find some poses and stretches difficult for you, this might be an option to try to see whether it makes any difference for you in your own practice of poses.
There are gentler varieties that can have you work on relaxing poses that can restore your energy and also be low-impact on your muscles for an easy workout. These workouts can work well for those who may be pregnant or are new to yoga. If you face high stress work in your life, you might consider this style as a daily break for yourself.
Focusing on your inner thoughts and meditating also could be part of your practice when you are learning new methods and poses. You might begin to experience a deeper relaxation as you move into poses with a sense of focus and clarity. Ask to see whether meditation is included in your sessions if this is something you want to explore more in your daily practice.
You might consider warming up your muscles before your yoga session as a way to reduce risk of injury and to have more ease moving from pose to pose. There also may be some basic accessories that you need to invest in before your first class. You can talk with your instructor to see what items, such as mats and foam supports that might be necessary.
Yoga classes could be just what you need as a way to get in shape, to have more energy and to feel more in tune with your body on a daily basis. From easy stretching poses to more vigorous workouts, classes in the city offer something for everyone. Review what is available, then begin to take part in sessions that could make a difference in your own health.