Choosing a Yoga Class That's Right For You - Page 3
Kripalu: This gentle practice is accessible to most students, young and old. A meditation-in-motion of sorts, Kripalu encourages "space" between the poses and suggests that you to listen to your body and follow your own inner authority. Kripalu is for practitioners who are drawn to gentle, self-affirming sequencing that calms the system.
A few additional yoga classes you might run across are: Vinyasa: A flow of sequences that features smooth transitions from one posture to the next in a meditative style; Therapeutic: A practice that meets individual needs, provides alternative ways of doing poses for people with injuries and helps recovering yogis heal from the inside out; Restorative, a gentle. calming class that triggers relaxation, often through the use of props; Yin yoga, which has students hold each pose for several minutes, and opens up deep, rarely touched areas of the physical body; Phoenix Rising, which builds a deep connection with the self through a combination of classical yoga techniques and elements of contemporary body-mind psychology; and Pre-natal yoga, a comfortable and contemplative practice that helps strengthen the body for child bearing and aids in relieving the common discomforts your body experiences during pregnancy. Expectant moms please note: you should verify a studios knowledge of the different needs of pregnant women, as many of the regular yoga postures aren't recommended for pregnancy. Look for teachers who are specifically trained in pre-and post-natal practice.
Life gives us plenty of challenges, but choosing a yoga class doesn't have to be one of them. Whether you're looking for a practice that will tone your body or rejuvenate your spirit, this guide will help you get started.
Pictured: Yoga teacher and Henna artist, Michelle Dawson