Get Your Zen-On: A Guide to Yoga

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Get Your Zen-On: A Guide to Yoga

When it comes to yoga classes the biggest hurdle is to find which class suits you and your goals. When you are a beginner, it can be daunting to choose the right type to fit your abilities and flexibility. No one wants to go to a class, and suddenly you have to perform an upside-down pose! You want to feel comfortable knowing that the practice you’re about to take part will provide you with the tools to achieve greatness.

Whether you’re looking for a yoga class that will help with your flexibility or with strength, there are many yoga practices to choose from. The best way to find which class suits you best is to try it out. Yoga practice is known for its inner peace and stretching benefits, but you will be surprised by the number of benefits that yoga can give you when you practice regularly.

The benefits of yoga:
  • Aids to relieve stress
  • Improves flexibility
  • Quietens your thoughts
  • Improves breathing technique
  • Relieves pain
  • Loosen up muscles
  • Increases strength
  • Keeps the mind healthy

Practice yoga regularly so you can notice the difference and benefits that you will get from it. Whether you are wanting to give it a go to help with a sore back or to loosen up muscles or even to quieten your thoughts, you just need to try out to find the best suitable practice for you.

Yoga styles:

Now that you have decided to start yoga you can decide which class to go to. There are many yoga classes available, and each will have a different goal or purpose. No matter what practice you choose you will benefit from yoga.

With so many yoga classes available, you might wonder which one is best suited for you. The best recommendation is to try it out and see what suits you and your goals. Think about what you want to achieve with the class and then choose the suitable one for you.

For example, if you’re looking for a class that will give you plenty of time to do the poses and a slow pace class Hatha yoga is for you. But then if you are looking for a vigorous class that will challenge you then try Ashtanga yoga.

Here is a guide to some of the classes available:

  • Vinyasa – is a vigorous style-based class with rapid flow through sun salutations.
  • Hatha – is a combination of yoga poses and breathing exercise, which helps to bring peace to mind and body.
  • Ashtanga – is a fast-paced, vigorous and physically challenging class, which consists of 6 series in total that increases in difficulty as you move in each set.
  • Bikram – is a class in a heated room (40.6°C) where you will perform 26 poses and 2 breathing techniques.
  • Iyengar – is a class where poses are held much longer than other practices.
  • Hot – is like Bikram, Hot yoga is also held in a heated, but you are not restricted to 26 poses.
  • Ying – is a slow-paced practice that lets you hold a pose from 45 seconds to 2 minutes.
  • Restorative - is deep relaxation class, which you will hold a pose for 5 to 10 minutes with the assistance of all sorts of props.
Yoga class tips:
  • Arrive at the class 5-10 minutes before commencing. This will give you the opportunity to ask the yoga teacher any questions you might have.
  • Bring your own yoga mat if you have one. But if you don’t have one don’t worry, most studios or gyms will have mats available for free or to hire.
  • Wear comfortable clothing suited for the class. For example, if you are practising a more vigorous class wear shorts and shirt or if you are doing a slow class long pants and long sleeve shirt.
  • Have an open mind when you go to your first class. Try out the classes and different yoga teachers so you can decide which class suits you. 

Final Notes

There are many types of yoga classes to choose from. Picking the right one for you is a matter of trying it out and see which one fits with your goals. No matter what yoga class you intend to go to, you will get the benefits of practising it regularly. Find the type that suits you and goals, and then it’s a matter of grabbing your mat and going!

Camila Griffin

Health & Fitness Writer

I am a journalist/writer who loves the health and fitness industry. I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008, and I have been involved in the fitness and health industry for many years. I have taught Body Pump in the past and competed at WBFF. I love writing and researching about nutrition and supplements. In my spare time, you'll find me at the beach.

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