I have been doing yoga for over twenty years now. Twenty years. I must admit that was a shock for me. It’s not always consistent and I’m never going to become a yogi master with thousands of followers.
From the beginning I loved it. It stretched out tight muscles and, if possible, made me feel longer and leaner. I fit the hour class in whenever I could.
Yoga focused me, the music soothing and supporting me as I concentrated. I would carefully try to achieve a mountain pose or chair and my instructor would come along and adjust a foot, straighten my back, have me hold my neck differently. I improved.
Over the years I’ve taken all kinds of yoga with all different instructors. Ashtana and Iyengar, Bikram (Otherwise known as hot yoga), Yin and Power or Flow. Most are variations on a theme – yoga.
Bikram is also a variation, but it’s done in a room that should be about 105 degrees F or 40 degrees Celsius. It’s meant to be the same as the climate of India where yoga originated from. While some people find it life changing you need to be prepared, or you’ll go into shock, if you were just expecting a normal yoga class. Yin classes hold poses for longer periods of five to ten minutes apiece. Most people find it very relaxing. I certainly do. Flow classes usually do a series of poses to what’s often more fast paced music. Sometimes there are also core exercises added on and it’s sometimes called athletic yoga.
There is yoga for everyone no matter how old or young. Seriously, you tube has yoga for babies, and also, the elderly. Usually starting at a local rec centre or yoga studio is a great way to get a start. Right now going online and finding a good class is probably the best idea.
Yoga with Adrienne will give you everything from beginner yoga to yoga for the elderly and everything in between. Many, many people use her and have found her site to be a wonderful resource.
Right now, I’ve been taking a chair yoga course through Ohm. You don’t have to use a chair, but it is a course that has been designed to help you get stronger and move better no matter your age, or level of injury. The instructor was once paralyzed for two years so she has some insight.
And in case you were wondering about baby yoga – in fairness it does include the mom.