How to find the right style of yoga to help you be mindful
Mindfulness is a key benefit and reason to practice yoga, but unless you find the right style of yoga for you, you’ll probably struggle to feel mindful in a class distracted by not enjoying what you’re doing.
Thankfully there are so many different approaches, interpretations, personalities and beliefs within the yoga world that we will all usually be able to find a good class for our needs.
My top tips for finding your mindfulness in yoga:
Ask yourself some questions, how do you usually switch off? Are you a mover or a rester? If you love moving, you’re probably going to find it really hard to be still and your mind will go into overdrive. So choose a higher energy class or one that is dynamic to keep you engaged. But if you’re someone who tends to overdo it, maybe work towards trying slower classes once you’re more experienced.
Are physically burned out? If you have an active job or lots of active hobbies you may want to use yoga as your rest and to replenish your energy. If you’re feeling tired at the end of a day then you’ll probably really ease into the gentle and slow pace classes.
Are you tired because you haven’t done anything? This is a good question…if you spend a lot of your time sitting and don’t really do much exercise you really should do some movement, but since you’re not a high energy person you may just hate a very physical class, and thus you won’t ease into the practice and breath. So start with something slow but physical, hatha, or iyengar might be right up your street.
In general, the following should help you in terms of understanding energy and physicality of different styles, so you can find the right class for you to find that mindful moment. Just remember slow doesn’t always mean easy and can bridge the gap between high energy and low energy lovers!
Vinyasa Yoga, Bikram / Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Rocket Yoga, Ashtanga, Yoga for Fitness, Core Strength Vinyasa, Kundalini Yoga, Yoga for Sports….
Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Iyengar, Gentle Flow, Beginners, Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep), Somatic Yoga….
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Hope this helps you better find the right yoga class for you whether at Iveridge or anywhere else.
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