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Choosing a Yoga Style

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Choosing a Yoga Style

“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.” Swami Vishnu-devananda 1927-1993

When I began my yoga practice some 30 years ago, there were only a few styles of Hatha yoga emerging in the western world. As can sometimes happen along the enlightenment path, the yoga tree sprouted branches, which only served to confuse some people and attract others to this life transforming practice. I have written about the many benefits garnered from practicing yoga with a qualified teacher, but when choosing what style of yoga to begin your study it can all get a bit overwhelming. Especially if you wander into a sweat-inducing power yoga class at your gym expecting an hour of rest and relaxation.

Before taking a yoga class you will want to consider a few things:

  • Your age.
  • Your physical condition and limitations.
  • Any injuries that restrict your movements.
  • Your weight.
  • Level of stress.
  • Your need for relaxation or action.

Once you know yourself a little better, the next step is to look over the list of yoga styles that follows and find a few that speak to your body and state of mind. Go online or to the phone book and see what yoga is being taught in studios and gyms in your vicinity.

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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7:27AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

didn't know there were so many types of yoga. i thought there was only beginner and advanced. i have tried it and i think the class i was in was a combination of all styles.

10:16AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Thanks there was some really good advice here, but it would be better if you could have suggested which style(s) would be better for some of the personal factors that you mentioned. For example for someone who is young, overweight, has back trouble but it's rather flexible.

2:43AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

I need yoga

9:51AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

I love Yoga just had to change my my things with my back ..........

8:41PM PST on Dec 25, 2010

i love yoga

11:56PM PST on Dec 20, 2010

health is ultimately everything

12:30AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

well - i once tried practising joga - but i prefer simpler and more "powerfull" exercises. So i train karate - katas are almost like joga :D and you actualy know how to defend yourself :)

but when I want somethingeven more "spiritual" I practise exercises from Falun Dafa :D http://www.falundafa.org/

6:05PM PST on Nov 23, 2010

try aroma yoga (yoga with aromatherapy oils in a room diffuser) it is a great way to relax at the end of the day. Also for beginners I recommend GAIAM DVD Yoga Am /Pm with Rodney Yee. Its really easy, relaxing and takes no time.

3:30AM PST on Nov 23, 2010

Check out www.yogadvdreviewhq.com for ideas on yoga videos you can practice at home. There are many options for those new to yoga, recovering from injury or inflexible.

5:49PM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

Are there any styles of yoga for the middle-aged and flexibility challenged?

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