Which type of yoga is best for you?
There is a lot of speculation regarding the origin of yoga. There is evidence that dates back to 5th or 6th century BCE in Ancient India. The practice of mind body and breath was however, not brought to the Western Culture until the 1800’s. From there is grew into popularity in the 1960’s and future growth into the 80’s. Modern yogi’s like Bigram and Baptiste power yoga joined the scene changing the once Restorative or Yin flow taught only in Sanskrit has been transformed and modernized meeting the new needs of yogi’s everywhere. Suddenly, yoga was accessable to anyone.
So how to decide what type of yoga is best can be tricky. As a teacher, I would suggest to try it all. There are days when you need a little restorative flow and then others you prefer to be in a room heated to 95 degrees. Below is a chart to help you decide what is right for you.
Beginner, Intermediate, Skilled
Heated or non-heated
Usually 60 minute
Slow flow great for beginners
Skilled 26 poses held for 1 minute repeated again and held for 30 seconds
Very hot 105 degrees
Heated power flow that always the teacher be creative while still maintaining a sequence. Integration, Equinity…hip openers, etc. All levels
95 degrees, steam heat
All levels..gets your heart rate up. Often music is played to set and upbeat mood.
All levels- Repetitive physical exercise with breath work, meditation and energy
6 series of specific poses. Some classes call poses while others are self-lead. Intermediate to skilled
Calming practice that gets into the deepest parts of your tissues and fascia. All level
Deep relaxation with the use of several props. All levels
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.