Hatha Yoga (or asana practice) consists of breath control, balancing, stretching, strengthening and meditation. There are a variety of types and styles of yoga. When finding a class that is right for you, check out the class descriptions or ask an instructor if a particular style would be a good fit for you. Get to know your instructor and (hopefully) the instructor will get to know you. The variety of yoga classes offered are diverse and can be confusing when just starting out. Two important factors to consider when finding one that is right for you are:
- Finding an instructor that you connect with who teaches to your body not to a pose. You can spot these instructors easily as they are hands on, walking around the class, watching the students and giving cues that result in great alignment, keep you safe, and challenge you to your edge.
- Finding a class that gives back to you in the way of awareness, energy, reduced stress, and relieves pain you may be experiencing. In a nut shell, you want to feel better for having taken the class. Start with the basics and work your way to power and flow classes.
Start slow and give yourself time to learn the postures. I recommend taking at least 10 classes before settling on one particular instructor or class.
Benefits of a regular Yoga Practice
- improved balance, strength, flexibility and concentration
- Increased energy, less fatigue and better overall health
- Reduced stress and tension
- Improved circulation and healing
- Healthy weight maintenance and improved appetite for healthy foods
- Improved digestion and elimination
- Fewer headaches and body aches and pains
- Increased peace and a greater sense of well being
- Greater self awareness and improved mind body connection
Research shows that yoga also helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, stress and other conditions and diseases, such as PTSDS and addiction.