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How to Choose a Yoga Class

Updated on June 25, 2020
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I have completed a Core Competence Specialist training with Bellies Inc. The emphasis was on women’s health, especially in the pelvic area.

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I love the practice of yoga and meditation and recommend it whole heartedly. It has done me wonders.

There is a variety of yoga practices that are being offered to suit different tastes and needs. People who are new to yoga and want to start may feel a little lost about what yoga style to choose.

Many of us choose yoga classes because of convenient locations, close to our home or workplace, to avoid spending too much time commuting. Some people are committed to one kind of yoga, hot yoga and power yoga comes to mind, and are willing to commute to get to their preferred classes.

Here is a list of new trends in yoga

AERIAL YOGA

Supporting your body weight while trying to look graceful using a sling is hard work. This requires core strength, balance and self-confidence. Most studios will require new students to take introductory aerial yoga classes.

BROGA – Yoga for Men

Yoga classes especially for men and their fitness requirements who want to develop core strength, cardiovascular work, providing injury relief and building muscle strength through yoga.

SUP Yoga (Stand Up Paddle boarding)

An increasing number of people take to the water to enjoy the calming practise of stretching on a stand-up paddle board. It is good workout for the core as men use their muscles to gain strength and balance while on the board.

YOGA HIIT

Yoga Hiit is about short, sharp bursts of activity with dynamic yogic stretching and balances. It is for those who want a quick, high-tempo take on yoga.

ChromaYoga / Light Therapy Yoga

ChromaYoga or Light Therapy Yoga, addresses conditions such as insomnia and anxiety by harnessing the healing properties of light, colour and music to create a multi-sensory experience.

Virtual Yoga Classes

Virtual yoga classes offers personalized classes available at a time and place that suit people. Some teachers will also offer virtual meditation and goal-setting programs to provide an all-encompassing regime at the touch of a button.

ROGA for Runners

This is for experienced runners new to yoga who might have a hard time when they start out as the muscles and actions used for running make some of the yoga poses such as Downward Dog difficult. It brings together running and yoga to help improve both practices with programs planned to help build strength, stamina, flexibility and mindfulness.

Slackline Yoga

Slackline yoga combines aerial yoga with adventure sports that makes it ideal for those who want to challenge their bodies and perform better.

Yoga for Kids

Yoga for kids teach them breathing, stress management, core strength, among other things. This appeals to fitness-conscious parents who are worried that their kids do not get enough exercise at school.

Yoga for the Whole Family

I taught yoga for families. The feedback I received is that practising yoga as a family bring them together.

Yoga for Couples / Partner Yoga

Yoga for Couples or Partner yoga aims to build trust and communication, which are the foundation of a healthy, intimate, and successful relationship. Richer connections between partners is built through the power of touch and synchronized breathing.

Yoga at Home

I have been doing yoga on my own at home for years now. With the current global health crisis, many more people are doing yoga at home. Yoga DVDs and books, online yoga classes and digital downloads are bringing home more of the benefits of a live class. Multimedia works for many people even though an instructor is not physically present to observe your alignment.

Laughter Yoga

Belly laughing giggles. I wonder how much professional training is needed to lead this class.

Yoga Retreats

I have been to a lot of yoga retreats in my life. It was time well spent. Most yoga retreats have a theme. Here are 10 themes.

a) Yoga and Meditation

b) Yoga and Swimming or Beach Yoga Retreat

c) Yoga and Writing

d) Yoga and Hiking

e) Mindfulness retreat

f) Online retreats

g) Detox and Recharge

h) Yoga and Wellness

i) Yoga and Ayurveda

j) Women’s Yoga retreat

Yoga at Home with Technology

Muscle&Motion software was founded in 2001. It aims to develop an understanding of the muscular mechanics involved in particular movements of the body to improve results, reduce risk of injury, and provide an overall awareness of muscles in motion.

Yogalates (Yoga and Pilates)

Yogalates or Youilates combines the benefits of strength training of Pilates and the flexibility of yoga in one session that usually lasts from 30 to 60 minutes

Yoga with Props and Tools

A yoga prop is an object that is used to aid the practice of yoga poses. Props are belts, blocs, bolsters, blankets etc. Restorative yoga is a practice that uses a wide range of props to help the body come into a state of relaxation. The proper use of props can help to stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system.

Targeted Classes

a. Yoga for Injuries

b. Yoga for Sports

c. Yoga for Musculo-Skeleton Imbalances (this is one of my favorites)

d. Restorative Yoga

Some yoga trends that I find somewhat peculiar are:

  • Goat Yoga –participants try to do the Downward Dog pose while having pygmy goats trotting all over them.
  • Horseback Yoga –doing yoga on top of a horse. That’s risky.
  • Beer Yoga –yoga with a pint in your hand.
  • Tantrum Yoga –channelling your inner toddler and having a fit on the floor because you cannot do the Warrior pose correctly.
  • Gin Yoga -drinking gin while doing yoga
  • Karaoke Yoga -while singing to the tune of your favorite song.
  • Snake Yoga
  • Yoga while smoking Cannabis

what is your preferred yoga style or type?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Liliane Najm

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    • LilianeNajm profile imageAUTHOR

      Liliane Najm 

      13 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'm glad you found the information of help.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      13 months ago from Orange County, CA

      We were thinking of getting into yoga, so I appreciate this helpful description of the various types.

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      Ana Yong 

      13 months ago from Singapore

      Very detail. This is a good read.

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