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What is the Best Type of Yoga for Me?

At RAW we offer a variety of yoga classes to make sure that we are best serving our community. On our class schedule you’ll find:

Yoga for beginners, a gentle class that introduces you to the foundations of yoga, focuses on proper alignment, and emphasizes the importance of connecting breath with movement.

Ashtanga Yoga, a class that is meant for intermediate to advanced practitioners. In this practice, students continuously flow through a series of fixed poses. 

Hatha Yoga, a slow/gentle mix of physical poses, breathing, and meditation. Hatha level 1 is best for beginners while Hatha level 2 is best for those with more yoga experience.

Kundalini Yoga, a practice that is designed to channel the flow of energy throughout the body and the Chakra system. These classes include chanting, mantra repetition, pranayama, and repetition of movement and are accessible for all levels.

Prenatal Yoga, a class meant for expecting mothers that will help moms-to-be reduce stress and improve the strength and stability of muscles used in childbirth. This class can also help reduce nausea, low back pain, and headaches.

Restorative Tantra, a mindful asana practice that harmonizes our three Dosas (body constitutions). This practice includes sequences on the floor as well as standing postures that can help treat anxiety, depression, and reduce fear.

Restorative Yoga, a relaxing and slow-paced practice that utilizes a range of props such as bolsters, blankets, and straps to support the body. This practice allows long holds in each pose and is therefore ideal for all levels of practitioners. 

Vinyasa Yoga, a practice in which poses are linked together in a non-stop sequence that combines breath and movement. Intermediate practitioners should start with Vinyasa Level 1, while people with regular practices will benefit from Level 2. Vinyasa Level 3 offers a fast-paced flow, where you will be challenged in strength, arm-balances, and inversions.

Yin Yoga, a practice in which students hold poses for 3 to 5 minutes. This practice targets deep connective tissues (cartilages, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) to invite longer-lasting flexibility and spaciousness into the body. This quiet practice is suitable for all levels.

108 Sun Salutations, a class in which you are led through a sequence of 108 repetitions of Surya Namaskar. This class is only recommended for yogis that have mastered the basic Sun Salutation sequence and have a regular yoga practice. The class is dynamic, challenging, cleansing, and meditative.

Yoga Nidra, a deeply relaxing practice that can be done by anyone, regardless of physical fitness. Students lie in Savasana while the teacher leads a meditation that will make you increasingly aware of your inner world while maintaining a sleep-like, yet conscious, state.

Now that you’ve read through the descriptions of the yoga classes that we offer, it is important to not only consider your level of practice, but also what you’re searching for in a yoga practice. Are you someone who lacks energy and would therefore benefit from a more energizing practice? Are you someone who deals with a lot of stress, anxiety, and constant motion in your life and would therefore benefit from a more soothing or meditative practice? That is for you to decide. 

A lot of times we may be drawn to a yoga practice that matches our personality. If we’re very outgoing and hyperactive, we may be drawn to a Vinyasa or Ashtanga practice that is vigorous and challenging. Or, on the other hand, if we tend to not have a lot of energy after a long day of work, we may be tempted to take a soothing, calming, and relaxing class. We invite you to try the opposite of what you “feel” like doing. Often our feelings may tell us what we want, but not necessarily what we need. 

Yoga is all about mediation. And when choosing which practice is right for you, you must first start with self-reflection. Once you figure out what you are practicing regularly throughout your day, choose a yoga practice that is the opposite of that. And it is then that you will be able to start mediating between the energizing and relaxing energy in your life to find a balance between the two.

This article was written by Haley Lovejoy of A.G.A.P.E. Wellness.

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