How to Find the Best Yoga Style for You
A Simple Guide to Match Your Needs with Yoga Styles
Despite the popularity of yoga for many decades in the West, there are still a surprising number of misconceptions about what it is and how to practice it. When most people think of yoga, they imagine it involves contorting the body into pretzel-like poses or they imagine women in yoga pants and halter tops doing a little stretching. While both these things may be true of yoga, it is not nearly the complete picture. There is a large variety of yoga styles and, when chosen correctly, can benefit people of any age, gender, or fitness level.
If you have tried yoga and found it to be too difficult, too easy, boring, or painful, you haven’t found the right yoga style to match your needs. There is no one size fits all. I have been practicing yoga for 17 years, and I have tried many styles of yoga. The thing I’ve learned is that incorporating different styles into my practice based on what my body and mind need at that moment is the best way to achieve all the benefits and to keep my practice fresh.
If that sounds daunting to you, not to worry. I will break it down very simply. The thing to understand is that there is a yoga style for every mood, ailment, and energy level. So if there’s a problem you’re looking to fix, there’s a yoga for that.
But before jumping into the different styles, I want to highlight some benefits that a regular yoga practice can have regardless of the style you choose.