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Yoga Guide : Finding the Right Practice For You

On my personal physical fitness journey, I met yoga and at first, she wasn’t nice, I was confused by the twisting movements and felt like I never got a break. Turns out, from the original holistic yoga practice, 22 recognized forms have branched off, focusing on specific needs (mind, breath work, ego-eradication, body strength, etc). Of these 22, only about 12 are even seen in the US. So where the heck are you supposed to start?  

I asked two Yogi advocate friends with their own yoga instruction businesses for their guidance in how to make sense of a yoga menu for a newbie. Yoga is meant to achieve balance in mind, body, and spirit so to start – you should focus on which of those areas you’d like to address most and the other areas will come as you continue the journey.

Meet Your Instructors

Roxanne is the loving force behind Intended Flow Yoga and Massage and Breathe TV.

I completely love yoga and I feel it is a fundamentally transformative practice. It’s beautiful and honest and it really helps guide people to be their very best selves.”

Julie is a certified Health Coach,  Kundalini instructor, and motivational speaker. Through her experience battling Lupus, she has found the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy practice and has dedicated her life to helping others do the same.

Based in Bay Area, CA – reach out to Julie.angelina25@gmail.com

Questions To Start:

  1. First, analyze your body’s needs. Do you want something low impact or a practice that’s going to really make you sweat?
  2. Then, analyze your mind and soul’s needs. Are you wanting to relieve stress, release fear, or recenter with your yoga practice?

Low Impact For Relaxation or Injuries

These styles especially go slow so that you can focus on your muscular skeletal alignment, a structured posture, a strong + flexible spine, and the sequence of movements in your muscles.  Also if you’re injured it’s recommended to do a practice mostly on the floor (on back or belly) as it really helps to relax the muscles and will help to reset the spine. “ – Roxanne

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Restorative

“ This slower moving practice helps to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system, assisting in deep relaxation.” – Julie

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Hatha (or Yin, a type of Hatha)

Some of the most popular yoga forms for the deep slow breath work and an easy pace.

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Iyengar

Uses props and focused teacher instruction to ensure proper posture in the foundational yoga poses.

High Impact Yoga for a Great Workout

“ Vinyasa Flow, Bikram (hot yoga), or power yoga are great workouts but you still keep a meditative focus inward. You totally sweat your butt off. ” – Roxanne
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Restorative

“ This slower moving practice helps to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system, assisting in deep relaxation.” – Julie

yoga-class-stretching-640630209-57f3b8263df78c690f28580c

Hatha (or Yin, a type of Hatha)

Some of the most popular yoga forms for the deep slow breath work and an easy pace.

lyengar-yoga-pose

Iyengar

Uses props and focused teacher instruction to ensure proper posture in the foundational yoga poses.

lyengar-yoga-pose

Iyengar

Uses props and focused teacher instruction to ensure proper posture in the foundational yoga poses.

About keila morris

Keila is half Hollywood glamour and half nature hippie. She sings like a bird and as a true performer, treats photo-bombing like a full-time job. She is also a former food tour guide with a gift for leading others on incredible journeys; there is nothing this girl isn’t afraid to discover.

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