What kind of yoga is right for me?

“What kind of yoga is right for me? What a great question! I have been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years and I’m still asking it.On the most basic physical level – the ‘kind’ of yoga you practice may reflect your desire to get hot, cool down, open up, tighten up, move quickly, flow slowly…etc.

On a more fundamental level, you may find yourself called to a particular path of yoga (ie. Kundalini, Ashtanga and Bhakti Yoga).

To add to this mix of schools, many Western brands of yoga have evolved from their traditional Indian roots (ie. Anusara, Jivamukti and Power Yoga).

The different yoga schools simply adhere to different applications of inner discipline, all of which ultimately lead to the liberation of the soul and to a unique understanding of the Divine Unity. The schools are merely named according to the yogi’s objective of self-transformation and the instrument chosen for such anticipated change. www.experiencefestival.com

The kind of yoga that you practice may be defined by name – but truly, it is your body and your practice.

If you’re like me – you may find that your taste changes from year to year, and even day to day.

You may be attracted to a vigourous style (i.e. Ashtanga or Power Yoga) only to find that your practice is injurious.

At other times you may feel a strong calling to surrender into a restorative practice.

Ultimately, the right kind of yoga is one that brings you into balance.

For more insight check out Mary Jo’s articles: Is Yoga For You? and A Brief History of Yoga.