What type of yoga would be best suited for me? I would like to finish my two weeks here, try a few other studios (not hot) and maybe pilates before committing to one.
I am not the athletic type. I am looking to get into yoga to strengthen my core. I have a history of issues with my back. Nothing major - one slip and fall injury and numerous sprains. I carried twins to 39.5 weeks and my abs are totally out of whack. I would like to tone my abs. . . heck, see if it is even possible! I would like to maintain my body weight. I would like to be more patient and better able to handle stress.
so invigorating and healing. i highly recommend it be a part of everyone's yoga repertoire!
also, have you heard of callanetics? not calisthenics - which can be very damaging to your body - this is different. it's all about protecting your back and building lean muscle. i actually have a whole new body after doing these exercises. i highly recommend it. the lady who developed it has a really amazing life story. (here is a super short summary of her life, but her book about callanetics is even better) very inspiring!
callanetics would whip your abs back into place.........seriously!
I don't feel I know the poses well enough and sometimes I hope I am in correct position. I do see that I would get bored just doing these 26 poses.
Yoga is called "practice" for a reason. We get better at it as we continue to do it, and there is always something more to experience in a posture.
Bikram yoga isn't my thing. I did it for awhile, and then moved on. BUT it may be your thing for a while. If you are concerned about being in a class and not knowing the postures, sticking with a class with a specific sequence for awhile might be nice. You will really learn those postures.
Base your choice on how the class feels to your body (not whether or not you fit in). How do you physically feel during class? How does your back feel later? Does it seem to be helping? Hurting? Not doing anything? Use this as an experience to connect more with yourself. No one can really tell you what would be best for your back --- you need to listen to your back.
Any form of yogo will help tone your abs. Pilates is very strengthing too, but I love doing yoga. After your two weeks is up, try different classes and just keep checking in with yourself. You are very fortunate to live where you have several to chose from!
but everything has pros and cons
I prefer a class with hands on adjustments.
As far as "making sure you do them correctly," you will keep learning new things about the same pose the longer you do yoga. Letting go of the notion that you will get the pose *right* and have it mastered is very freeing. Just experience the pose in the moment.
but everything has pros and cons
As a second choice I enjoy Vinyasa. It gets the heart pumping, but you definitely will get instruction on alignment.
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in bikram, there is very little training in assisting and it is discouraged overall. and, the system is designed to only be these postures and only these postures every time. so, you'll never do any other postures than those.
you might want to just look around and see what is available to you. here, there is only one kundalini studio near by, so it's difficult to get instruction on kundalini yoga. and, there are a lot of other yoga studios near by of a variety of kinds, and some do and some do not do assists.
You won't have anyone physically correcting your poses, but after practicing for a while, you learn to correct your own poses and exercises as the directions of the teachers (finally) sink in, your body gets more aligned, and you learn to listen to your body and mind. It is strenuous, for sure. There are often a lot of difficult (and frustrating) abdominal exercises which are off-set by rest/meditation. My yoga teachers always say that feeling that you are getting bored with your yoga practice is your mind trying to sabotage you! So, you learn to focus on your breath while exercising and you learn to break the barriers that you have set for yourself.
so im wondering the same as the OP. what type of yoga am i? here's what i like about classes i've taken before:
-when the instructor tells us how a certain pose or breath work is helping us healthwise
-spiritual experience (mantras and such)
-good flow and able to sweat(usually through sun salutatations)
now that im starting to learn about all types, im more confused than ever what type i am! haha, i used to just take classes without even looking at what type of class it was.
as for the hands-on adjustment, i personally think it's really important and i do it a lot. i know i have had students who ended up not coming to my classes because they didn't like to be touched. other students who love it and beg me to adjust them over and over again again, that's often a matter of individual teachers vs. styles of yoga.
just have fun trying out the various classes, i'm sure you'll find one that resonates!