“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.