Do you choose a yoga style or does it choose you? Often times we’re asked the questions: what style is best for me? I hate to sit still, can I really do yoga? I don’t have time to take time for myself but I really want to find out what yoga is about.. where should I start?
Oy, so many underlying issues tucked in those Q’s, but we’re not even gonna go there. Let’s talk about Yoga. Where to start? There is a growing multitude of style and meditations on mutations these days: nudie? foodie? yoga on wheels? We understand, it’s overwhelming! But we promise, there is a yoga practice especially for you, and it may just be right there in your backyard, or your living room, or on the bus commuting to work. First suggestion? Do a little reconn and gather as much info as you can using the internet machine. (Try about.com’s Yoga Style Guide for starting point reference. Maybe even try a free podcast! We recommend Elsie’s Yoga Kula)
Next, scan your area for local studios (there’s an app for that), and *free* or by donation classes (tip: check the YMCA, library, churches, community centers). Even our pals in red offer an array of free taster’s choice yoga opps.
Web surfers: If you’re getting antsy indoors and have a few minutes to click buttons try out Yoga Journal‘s Yoga Style Quiz. It may not answer whether or not you should be a Dogi or a laughter yogi, but it’ll get you moving one step closer to the mat.
Explorers: If you’re in NYC try blogger yogadeal’s great suggestion of the yoga passbook to sample studios all around town.
And just remember, like anything else worthwhile (recall trying to tie your shoes? a nightmare!), honing a yoga practice takes time, patience and a lil TLC. Don’t forget, you’re not alone when you’re going over your grocery list in savasana!
Good luck on your journey!
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