Yoga - you probably have an opinion about it. Whether you are a seasoned yogi comfortable with the most complex inversions or a total beginner working to touch your toes, yoga can help you get faster and stronger while helping you become more in tune with your body and clear your mind.
We recently posted about the benefits of cross training for runners, and promised you a post on yoga and how to choose the right type for you.
So, you have decided to give yoga a chance. What type of yoga is best for you? You see hot yoga studios, hear about eastern versus western yoga, and wonder how in the world you are suppose to contort yourself into "that" pose. What the heck is Bikram? Kundalini? Vinyasa? Hatha? Why is everyone in class wearing Lululemon, what are Teeki pants, and can I get those abs, please?
Before we explore your options, a few basic things first:
1. You do not have to be a vegetarian or vegan to practice yoga. No, you don't have to give up alcohol to be a yogi and yes, it's still okay to eat ice cream cake for dinner sometimes.
2. You do not have to practice a particular religion to practice yoga. Your spirituality will benefit no matter where you are in life- trust us. Learn from it as you do from others each day.
3. You do not have to go to a studio to practice, although we recommend making sure you are practicing each pose correctly to avoid injury. There are some great videos out there to learn from.
4. Yoga is for everyone. It is not just for _______ people (you fill in the blank). There are no expectations and no judgment. Your practice is yours. Enjoy your time on the mat.
5. Yoga is not easy. Sorry.
Now that we have that cleared up, we will help you explore your options below.
If you are new to yoga or returning to yoga after an injury, pregnancy, or other life event, you might want to try a more basic peaceful style of yoga such as:
· Restorative Yoga
· Yin Yoga
· Gentle Hatha
Are you open to learning more about yoga and the philosophies behind the practice? If you have some experience with yoga and are mostly injury free you might like to try:
· Hatha Yoga
· Vinyasa Yoga
Do you have a regular practice and want to dig deeper? Do you have more experience with yoga than the average person? You might try:
· Ashtanga Yoga
· Anusara Yoga
· Kundalini Yoga
· Jivamukti Yoga
Do you love to sweat? Are you a powerhouse looking for a new challenging way to get exercise? You might like to try:
· Power Yoga
· Bikram or a Hot Yoga style such as Sumit or Fusion (yes, it's going to get HOT)
Do you have a deep yoga connection and practice already? Are you open minded to trying new things and are you athletic by nature? Do you have an adventurous spirit for branching out and trying new things on and off the mat? You should try:
· Acro Yoga
· Aerial Yoga
· Ashtanga Yoga
· SUP/Paddleboard Yoga
· Bikram or a Hot Yoga Style such as Sumit or Fusion (yes, it's going to get HOT)
We recommend checking out your yoga studio thoroughly. We also recommend making sure that your instructor is certified to teach yoga. Your goal is to increase strength and flexibility so you can build endurance and speed, not to get injured.
Here are a few of our favorite studios in the Springfield area.
Of course, you can also find various classes in the Lebanon area if necessary.
PURE Hot Yoga - Infrared heating - also offers SUP Yoga Indo Board friendly classes
Sumit Hot Yoga
My Hot Yoga - Offers non-heated and aerial classes as well
Dynamic Body - Offers TRX, Pilates, and Barre as well
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