My Yoga Experience — Day 7

I took my own advice about different forms of yoga explained, and pasted in the descriptions of the classes I am taking:

10 power vinyasa/hot vinyasa
15 bikram
34 vinyasa/restorative/anusara combination (any number of each equaling 34)
25 yin/hatha/vinyasa combination (any number of each equaling 25)

Total: 84 studio yoga classes
Price per class after taking advantage of Groupon deals: Average — $1.95

Getting a killer deal so  I can spend money on a good yoga towel and mat: PRICELESS

Investing in a killer body and an even better mind: PRICELESS

Not sure of the kinds I am doing and what they entail? I wasn’t either so here are the descriptions from Shape! Told you they were, short, sweet, and to the point!

HATHA YOGA

Origin: Introduced in 15th-century India by Hindu sage, Yogi Swatmarama, Hatha poses — Downward Facing Dog, Cobra, Eagle, and Wheel, for example — make up most yoga sequences practiced today.
Philosophy: The goal of Hatha yoga is to bridge the body and mind with the breath in a series of physical poses called asanas.
What to Expect: Prepare for a gentle routine that often includes Sun Salutations, balancing poses, forward bends, and back bends to work the body and focus the mind. These movements all lead up to the final relaxation — the blissful Savasana at the end of class.

Try it if…
… you want an easy-going class that will challenge without overwhelming.

RESTORATIVE YOGA

Origin: Judith Lasater, a PhD of Eastern-Western psychology, physical therapist, and a founder of Yoga Journal, is the authority on this relaxing, therapeutic form of yoga, which originated in the States in the 1970s.
Philosophy: The goal is to combat the physical and mental effects of everyday stress and ease common ailments such as headaches, backaches, anxiety, and insomnia with the use of restful poses and deep breathing techniques.
What to Expect: Don’t come prepared for a workout — these quiet classes are all about rejuvenating the body in a group “nap-time” environment. Expect to use lots of props (bolsters, blankets blocks, and straps) to relax into passive poses while the teacher guides you through your body, encouraging release.
Try it if…
… you love the last ten minutes of a yoga class, Savasana. The entire hour-long restorative class requires nothing but letting go.

BIKRAM YOGA

Origin: In 1973, Choudhury Bikram brought this form of “hot yoga” to the United States, quickly attracting celebrities and hoards of devotees to create a multi-million dollar worldwide franchise.
Philosophy: More like boot camp than mediation hour, the goal of this vigorous form of yoga, according to Bikram, is simply to give organs, veins, muscles, and ligaments “everything they need for optimum health and maximized function.”
What to Expect: Skip the yoga leggings and opt for shorts and a sports bra. The room is heated to 105 degrees to help you stretch deeper and release more toxins through a systematic routine of 26 set poses repeated throughout the strenuous 90-minute class.
Try it if…
… you’ve ever said yoga is “too easy.”

YIN YOGA

Origin: This ancient form of yoga is rooted in China, but has recently been modernized by Paul Grilley, the California-based yogi who is now synonymous with Yin yoga.
Philosophy: A slower, more introspective form of yoga, Yin focuses on deepening postures, stretching the connective tissues, and working to create greater flexibility.
What to Expect: Prepare to acquaint yourself with the hips, pelvis, and lower spine and their level of tightness. You’ll feel challenged to remain relaxed and focused in the large spaces of time you are held in the poses — sometimes up to 10 minutes.
Try it if…
… you want to deepen your flexibility and target tight hamstrings, hips and back.

ANUSARA YOGA

Origin: Founded in 1997 by John Friend, Anusara is one of the fastest growing forms of yoga with over 1,000 certified teachers and hundreds of thousands of devoted students around the world, inspiring Friend’s nickname, the “yoga mogul.”
Philosophy: Anusara focuses heavily on alignment and what Friend calls the energy loops, which help students connect with their bodies and fine tune their form. Strongly rooted in positive thinking and spirituality, Friend considered heart-centered Anusara to be the “yoga of yes.”
What to Expect: Students leave feeling warm and fuzzy with a heat-producing exercise and uplifting mini-sermons of Anusara classes. Expect to practice with lots of Lululemon-wearing, Starbucks-sipping students enjoying motivational tidbits and attention to alignment in their every asana.
Try it if…
… you long to “find yourself” like Julia Roberts did in Eat, Pray, Love. The leader of the Ganeshpuri ashram depicted in the blockbuster movie is Friend’s former guru.

 

I am going to use the yoga mat tomorrow for my first restorative class ever! I have only done vinyasa so far.

 

What challenge are you doing this month?

 

xx

Reth

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2 Comments to “My Yoga Experience — Day 7”

  1. Great post about some of the different types of yoga! Hope your challenge goes well! Check out my blog http://backtothesutra.wordpress.com for more inspiration!!

  2. In restorative, my absolute favorite pose is Supta Baddha Konasana. I may like this better than Savasana. Enjoy!

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