Which yoga is right for me?

 

Which yoga is right for me?

 

Knowing which yoga is right for you can feel confusing. Your friend tells you her Rocket yoga class is the best she’s been too but your Mum told you her Hatha class has changed her life. You’re not sure what Yin means and what on earth is Kundalini?! And how do you even start to know which one is right for you?

 

There are so many styles and different types of yoga it’s hard to know which one is the right fit for you. In Brighton alone, there are so many yoga studios offering some amazing yoga classes, all taught in the many different styles.

 

All the different yoga styles tend to work on a scale from strong, intense, hot classes to slow, cooling, calming classes.  If you imagine the scale like a Sun at one end (Yang energy) and a Moon (Yin energy) at the other.

 

Knowing which yoga class is right for you really comes down to really knowing yourself and knowing your body and at the same time being honest with how you are really feeling.

 

We can all feel differently from week to week if not from day to day! As a yoga teacher myself, I’ll align my practice to how I’m feeling.

 

I’ll balance my Yin (Moon) and my Yang (Sun) depending on what’s been going on that week. If I’m feeling buzzing with energy I’ll find a hot sweaty class but if I feel a little fragile and slow I’ll find a cooling calm class.

 

So, here’s a few brief descriptions of the different types of yoga styles and what might be right for you!

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Rocket Yoga

What is it?

Rocket Yoga is a dynamic and fast-paced method of yoga. This vibrant routine is called the “Rocket” because “it gets you there faster.” The Rocket® is designed to wake up the nervous system and feed it the precious prana it craves while promoting a spirit of change and freedom in the practice.

 Good for: Fast, intense, and sweat.

Energy: Yang (Sun energy)

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Hot Yoga

What is it?

Hot yoga refers to yoga exercises performed under hot and humid conditions, typically leading to profuse sweating. The purpose of the heat in hot yoga varies depending on the practice or the individual. 

Good for: Hot, Sweaty, Advance, Challenging, Overcoming struggle

Energy: Yang (Sun energy)

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 Ashtanga Yoga

What is it?

Intended to be a daily practice this powerful, healing practice is a specific sequence of postures (asanas) linking breath (pranayama) and movement (vinyasa.) Ashtanga is an athletic flow combining strength, flexibility, and stamina for a complete practice. 

Good for: Increasing strength, flexibility, Fast, Intense, Repetitive Sequencing 

Energy: Yang (Sun energy)  

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Kundalini  

What is it?

Kundalini yoga is the yoga of energy and its unique approach makes it especially transformative. It combines physical asana practice and breathing with mudras (hand gestures), bandhas (body locks) and mantras, and promotes both physical and emotional healing. 

Good for: Breathing, healing, nourishing, fast and slow pace

Energy: Yin and Yang (Moon and Sun energy)

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Vinyasa Flow

What is it?

Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a playful and physical form of yoga that will lift your spirits and energy levels while increasing flexibility, focus, strength, and balance. It allows you to connect to your body, mind, and soul in a way that is nourishing, detoxifying and strengthening. 

Good for: Lifting you your mood up, strengthing and releasing, a good beginners class

Energy: Yin and Yang (Moon and Sun energy)

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Hatha

 What is it?

These classes focus on the Hatha system of Asanas or postures and include yogic philosophy, meditation, pranayama, mantras, mudras and the force of the sun and the calmness of the moon to create balance and to relax the body and mind. 

Good for: Practicing asanas, getting to know breathwork, a good beginners class

Energy: Yin and Yang (Moon and Sun aenergy)

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Yin

What is it?

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of modern yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.

Good for: Overcoming challenges, slowing down, awareness, relaxation

Energy: Yin (Moon energy) 

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Women’s Yoga

 What is it?

Women’s yoga is often a gentle practice that is welcome to all levels. In addition to being suitable for pre- and post-natal women, this class is inclusive to all women at all stages of their womanhood. It is often a women’s only class and aids in helping with lower back pain due to pregnancy, menstrual pains, hormonal imbalances, strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and menopausal arthritis.

Good for: Being with Women, connecting to your female energy, slowing down

Energy: Yin (Moon energy)

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Restorative Yoga

What is it?

Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. … During the long holds of restorative yoga, however, your muscles are allowed to relax deeply. It’s a unique feeling because props, rather than your muscles, are used to support your body. 

Good for: Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Rest and slowing down.

 Energy: Yin (Moon energy)

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Remember, everyone is different and different at different types. Listen to what’s going on for you and the class with be right.  There is no ‘right way’ to practice yoga and what might suit you might not suit someone else! We all need different things and different times in our lives and we all have slightly different preferences. Explore enjoy and experiment as well as listening to your body and mind.

 

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