Fitness | September 17th 2016

Yoga Woes: How To Find Your Perfect Class


If you’re new to yoga and not sure what kind of class is best for you, never fear. Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat or stretch your stress away, HBFit has some tips to help you find a pace and style that satisfies your yoga needs.

Choosing the right yoga class for you is all about matching the pace and poses to your active lifestyle. Some styles of yoga prioritize relaxation, and others are big on building strength and endurance. Without having to bone up on your Sanskrit, our big three tips will help you find the class and style that fits your daily grind.

Yoga for Meditation

Mellow, slow-moving practice with longer holds, deep breathing, and supportive props is designed to enhance tissue elasticity, abate insomnia, and reduce anxiety. The long holds and measured stillness make for deeper sleeps and clearer thinking than high-exertion workouts.

Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, and Restorative yoga are all structured to integrate meditation and gradual skill development into the yoga practice, and they’re comfortable for people all sizes and shapes to try out. For go-getters and workaholics, restorative techniques like these empower you to embrace stillness in the face of impending burnout.

 Yoga for Motivation

If your goal is to build strength, flexibility, and focus, many yoga classes are just the thing. Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga are designed to be somewhat regimented and consistent, and test your skills consistently, improve range of motion, and achieve fitness results while hitting defined metrics.

These types of yoga tend to be what you’ll encounter in most classes. If you shop around for the right gym, you can find classes that teach techniques to pair well with regular exercise. They’re easy to learn and to teach, and fun to do with friends. It’s a more social yoga for people on the go who want to make the most of their workouts.

Yoga for Perspiration

Some yoga techniques are all about relaxation, some are all about development, and some are all about making you sweat. Dynamic posturing, short holds, higher temperatures, and fast-paced classes raise your heart rate and boost your energy.

Vinyasa and Bikram yoga are great for these, and those who practice them consistently are sure to see their strength and flexibility improve over time. It’s good for heart health and blood flow in a big way. But with Bikram and hot yoga especially, the intensity requires more thorough preparation (and hydration). Because of the speed and consistency of these exercises, this kind of yoga is good for athletes that know their body’s limits.