So, you want to try yoga but you don’t know what you’re doing~ or you’ve tried yoga but your first experience did not deliver what you expected~ or maybe you really aren’t sure what type of yoga would be best for you? Then, I encourage you to research different types of yoga online.
There are so many different kinds of yoga and finding the right format, instructor and environment that best suits your current needs will impact how you will experience yoga. I say current needs because my yoga practice has evolved from a purely physical practice, to one that is meditative, and at times I like to combine both for a more healing practice. It’s true~ you will experience different results from different yoga formats. In all yoga formats, you should experience the unity of mind, body, and breath~ as this is the true meaning of yoga.
Today, in the western world, there are so many different yoga formats with fancy trademarked names that it may get confusing. I will touch on a few general formats to help guide you. Initially, many people look for a physical practice so a power yoga format is popular, some people even do power yoga in a hot room for added intensity and to bring on a sweat. Other less extreme formats though they are also quite physical are flowing formats with or without props. More physically accessible formats that are slower paced and allow for deeper stretching and meditation are available, too, though not necessarily easier formats. For special populations, there are options like chair yoga that are quite helpful if physical limitations are keeping you from trying yoga. Some of the newer and trendy yoga styles include: acro-yoga done with a partner, paddle-board yoga on water, and aerial yoga using silk hammocks.
The yoga format that you choose is really up to you. Check Yoga Alliance for a qualified teacher in your area who is experienced in the format that you desire or ask a friend for a teacher recommendation. Initially, it is wise to request a private session for an introduction as opposed to jumping into a yoga class held at your local gym. If you try one instructor or one format and you're not sold, I encourage you to try another instructor or format. Yoga is for everyone and finding the right fit can make it a life long practice.