One of the most common comments I hear is “I tried yoga and I didn’t like it”, with reasoning falling in one of these categories:
- too slow
- too fast
- too sweaty
- too calm
But what if you just haven’t tried the right type of yoga for you? There are about 20 styles of yoga that are highly popular. Chances are, you’re just not taking the right yoga lesson!
Here’s my quick breakdown of the most accessible styles of yoga:
- If you want slow, structured, safe yoga, try Iyengar yoga
- If you want a slow flow (usually 5 breaths per pose), try Hatha yoga
- If you already have a good foundation of basic poses, and like something faster, try Vinyasa yoga
- If you have a lot of energy and need to sweat, try Ashtanga yoga
- If you want a more spiritual experience, try Kundalini yoga
- If you want to practice your breathing techniques, try Pranayama
- If you want to get a deep stretch, try Yin yoga
- If you want to just lay on the ground and relax, try Restorative yoga
When getting started, I suggest finding a local teacher who offers the style you are looking to try. If that’s not an option for you, there are plenty of wonderful online resources, including video lessons from your favorite teacher, subscription websites, and of course, YouTube.
My recommendation for your first yoga lessons: One of my first yoga teachers, Jeff Manning, has his own video series (and YouTube), which you can find out more about by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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