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Having had an on-again, off-again love affair with yoga for about 15 years, I decided to give it another try recently. I am one of the fortunate ones born a natural gumby and not being on the shy side, I used to love impressing my fifth grade buddies with the fact that both my feet could go behind my head. I had to stop doing this in high school because it sent out a different message. Arriving for my first yoga class back in the late ‘90s, I was pleased that once again I could twist myself into all sorts of weird positions with the encouragement of others.
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The word yoga can be translated as “union,” “yoke,” or “balance.” It is believed when you do yoga you are creating a union between mind and body. The physical aspects of yoga also help you develop balance, flexibility and strength.
There are many types of yoga for you to explore and most likely you will find yourself drawn to certain styles. If you’ve tried a class and it didn’t resonate, keep looking. Below are some brief descriptions of several types of yoga. See if any intrigue you enough to give them a try.
For the power-hungry
Ashtanga: This intense method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. This system produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Bikram: A series of 26 postures placed in sequence and designed to support all systems in the body. It was developed by Bikram Choudhury and usually is performed in a heated environment adding to the detoxification process. If you go to this type class, take a towel, water bottle and prepare to sweat!
For those who want to go with the flow
Hatha: A generic term in yoga, but usually offers a series of movement that flows smoothly through the entire class. Often sun salutations are incorporated at the beginning of each class to warm the body and prepare it for the day’s activities. A good explanation of sun salutations can be found here.
Kripalu: This style originated at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires in Massachusetts in the 1970s. It begins with gentle, slow movements that rarely create a sweat. It then progresses through three levels of deeper mind-body awareness.
For those seeking release in the stillness
Yin or Restorative: My favorite type yoga. The focus of this type of yoga is to work the connective tissue in the body. Often our lifestyle encourages use of our muscles, but rarely the joints and deeper tissue between our joints. This type of yoga achieves this through holding postures between three and five minutes. It is a quieter and slower yoga that is perfect for later in the day or before bed.
Namaste, my friends.