What kind of yoga should I try?

In my 10 plus years of practicing yoga I have heard countless reasons as to why someone “can’t do yoga”. For most people its just something totally foreign and they don’t even know why they should try it in the first place. I’m going to skip right past the froo-froo-hippy-dippy stuff and break down the two different styles that will be offered at Jet City (hint: there are 2!).

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Here are just a few “styles” of yoga. Extra brownie points if you can pronounce them:

Hatha Yoga
Iyengar yoga
Kundalini yoga
Ashtanga yoga
Vinyasa yoga*
Bikram yoga
Yin yoga
Restorative yoga*
Prenatal yoga
Anusara yoga
Jivamukti yoga

Want to learn more? Here is a great article that explains all 11. Starting the 2nd week of September, Jet City will offer Vinyasa and Restorative yoga! Read on to figure out which one is best for you - OR try them both! 

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Vinyasa Yoga (AKA Power Yoga)
Do you like to move and work up a sweat? Then Vinyasa yoga is your jam. It is considered an aerobic workout without all the joint straining pounding of other cardio activities. It’s also a great compliment to the anaerobic workout of lifting weights. 

In a 1 hour Vinyasa class, you will work out every muscle group with specially sequenced poses that build on top of each other. A typical class will be broken down into a few sections. This is just an example of what you might experience:
 

  1. You’ll start off slow. Build on your breath and warm up the large muscles with slower movements (to prevent injury). 
  2. Movements will become faster as you link “breath-to-movement”. This speeds up your heart rate, circulates synovial fluid in the moveable joints and removes toxins by sweating.
  3. The core is targeted specifically with abdominal floor exercises. This helps prepare the body for balancing postures.
  4. Some balancing posses will be on your feet and others on your hands/arms and even head. Balancing poses can focus on supportive muscle groups to help with joint stability.
  5. Most classes are built around a “peak posture” like Crow Pose or Bird of Paradise to challenge you to something fun and new.
  6. At the tail end of class you will hold longer restorative pose (I will get into that in a bit) like Half Pigeon and Supine Twist. These long deep holds help to break down the connective tissues and fascia. 
  7. And last but not least, you’ll always finish with meditation and Corpse Pose…or just taking a 5 minute nap on your mat.

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Restorative Yoga
Whether you just got done with a super intense CrossFit class or you just beat Seattle traffic to get to JetCity, restorative yoga will help you relax your body and your mind. As apposed to the Vinyasa style where you have many different poses and you are constantly moving, in a restorative class you spend longer time in less poses. So if you have a hard time with sitting still, you may get a little antsy in this class…but some would say that is exactly why you need to take it. 

Many classes will use towels and blocks to help prop your body into a pose so you are not straining to achieve the stretch. The less work you do, the better the pose will be for you. Sounds to good to be true! When you allow the body to slowly deepen into static stretching, it stimulates the deep layers of fascia that wrap around the bundles of muscle fibers. 

The breath is also important for a restorative yoga class. Slow deep breathing helps slow down the nervous system and lower your stress. 

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TLDR

  • Vinyasa yoga is a good full body aerobic workout that will strengthen your muscles, tendons and ligaments. 
  • Restorative yoga is a series of passive stretches that target the facia and connective tissues and help destress with deep breathing.

Regardless of what class you take, just know we like to have fun and laugh. 

*I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV, so always consult with a medical professional before doing any new exercise or fitness routine.