Which is the right Yoga style for me?

Author: Claudia Hahn

The locked door of yoga, it opens for you and when you start to orientate you completely new in the yoga world, this blog post may offer you useful information and can help you to find your yoga access. If you’ve been in the yoga scene already for a while, you can get here an overview and gain new pulses. Also, sometimes it is simply just good to be remembered, why we practice yoga.

Why are you going to yoga? If you ask yourself this question, you are much further than you think. Every act needs a goal, that’s what helps to orient and hang on to practice.

Possible reasons could be:

  • the desire to experience peace and relaxation
  • to clear the head
  • strengthen the body and become more flexible
  • Maybe you are looking for a solution that will improve your stress management skills
  • regular yoga practice is modern and in, many do

However, no matter what the reason is, one thing is for sure: Yoga is a very good choice!

But what is yoga actually?

Yoga is “union of body, mind and soul.”

The term “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit language and is translated as “seat”, which means the yoga position. If the exercises are practiced regularly the harmony of muscle activity and passivity begins, rest starts. The practitioner can react better in stress situations and is more relaxed.

It is important to me that you first have access to the corresponding yoga style and just start practicing.
Learning by doing. Everything else will follow automatically.

Let me tell you about my own experience:

I first encountered yoga at a fitness convention and it was VinyasaYoga. I was very excited and started immediately with the education.

However I still I searched further, took my mat and I tried Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and much more.
The different yoga directions have the same goal, but differ only in the kind and how it is practiced and how the philosophy of yoga is taught.

I have prepared an overview for you, but keep the individual descriptions short and just explain the way to practice. You may want to investigate further by your own:

Yoga is a form of exercise that is over 5000 years old and has proven very successful over time. A great development all over the world started!

Let’s begin with the great mother of all yoga styles

the

“H a t h a Y o g a”

The practice includes: Physical exercises be felt into after a rest period, breaks are made. Both muscular activity as well as passivity are used. There are read mantras and texts that are designed according to the yoga philosophy and the meditation has its place. There may be used yoga blocks, yoga straps, blankets and pillows used.

“V i n y a s a Y o g a”

Developed in the 90s in the US, is a body-related yoga style and is considered a modernized form of hatha yoga. In practice, we have a flowing teaching style, where the breathing is combined with the movement. It can be very sweaty! Is used the yoga block, – harness and a blanket to relax.

The Vinyasa Yoga evolves from the

“A s h t a n g a Y o g a”

here is practiced in specified series based on the first three series. But we start in the yoga chikitsa series for a long time (yoga therapy series) stay. The goal is to memorize the series and then practice them independently. Again, sweating is sure.

In both the Vinyasa Yoga and the Ashtanga Yoga oceanic breathing is practiced during practice. The air circulates in the pharynx, the vocal space narrows slightly and creates a sound like that breaking the waves or the typical shell noise of a shell  kept on one’s ear. The concentration is supported and the detoxification process increased by heat development in the body.

“K u n d a l i n i Y o g a”

In this yoga style, body and breathing exercises, mantra singing and dietetics are included. exercises are made in rhythm over several minutes. That can be quite exhausting. Kundalini Yoga is an energetic yoga style.

“I y e n g a r Y o g a”

Here the yoga exercises are taken exactly with aids (yoga belt, blocks, chairs, cushions, blankets) and over a longer period of time held. A true physical orientation training.

“Y i n  Y o g a”

while the previous yoga styles support more the muscular activity, Yin Yoga rather focuses on the passivity. The yoga exercises are more practiced sitting or lying and kept for 2-5-10 minutes or longer. The backround can vary depending on the taste of the yoga teacher. With music or without, instruments accompaniment or singing bowls, stories, meditations or similar.

The deep meaning behind it lies in the touch of the energetic structure, which is coupled with the meridian system and the connective tissue. The energetics is a very special topic because every function in us needs energy …. also another topic.

The yoga world looks holistically at humans, anatomy and knowledge.The variation of different yoga exercises is the main focus. Each style can be individually tailored to specific target groups.

Limited to the practical aspect you have now got a small overview of the individual yoga styles and possibly you have already find the suitable style for you.

Nevertheless, the best is to travel with your yoga matand to try out different things. You will learn and be enthusiastic!

You will make your own very special experiences. I wish you good luck and success!

Namasté =)

Claudia
Yoga teacher
500 RYT / Yacep Yoga Alliance

Yoga teacher, the nicest job in the world

Author: Claudia Hahn

The Yoga Alliance certified yoga teachers and schools are now jumping out of the ground like mushrooms and that is a sign that this organization has a solid foundation and great consistency. It offers a variety of topics about the most varied styles of yoga. The yoga alliance has become a hallmark of well-trained yoga teachers, a good organisation that is protective and supportive.


I am happy to be a certified yoga teacher of the Yoga Alliance. The yoga came to me, so to speak, I was in the right place, at the right moment, at the right time and it was just there, the school where I did my apprenticeship and today even have my place in the instructor team. And that already over 10 years.

Yes, I wanted a yoga education, but one that matched my attitude to yoga. I was still too far away from meditation, mantras and the philosophical line of yoga. Coming from the fitness industry, I made the experience of Vinyasa Power Yoga. That was the perfect entry to me. In this class, only the body practice was considered and that was appealing to me immediately. I met a rather young school that was already certified by the Yoga Alliance. The training was perfect because it gave a very good structuring and approach and led me step by step to the point, that meditation, the practice of pranayama is as important as the asana practice.

Mostly we get to the inner perception through the activity of our body. I have meet people who started meditating, so the spiritual practice. They had never done the Asana Practice before. I found out, that at that time this group of people was still in the minority.

Movement brings life, movement makes you feel and by feeling we will notice our own breathing and finally we begin to perceive ourselves more consciously. “Breathing forms the bridge between body and mind.”

That’s what yoga is all about.The construction of an inner stability, we may call it personal development.

Find out for yourself what your personal goals are, why you would like to do yoga or want to become a yoga teacher.

In my opinion we have the nicest job in the world. 😉

If you are looking for a Yogaalliance certified school, you will find the right one on www.yogaalliance.org, and maybe even near you.

In addition, I would like to mention that I am convinced that other organizations also have their quality. Inform yourself and give yourself time for your choice. Just take the mat and go to the yoga classes ……… I wish you a lot of fun and success.

Love

Claudia

 

 

Tips for your Yoga Teacher Training

Have you planned a yoga teacher training? Here are a few tips:

Lifelong development is the meaning of life. Of course, this also applies to our yoga practice. We are getting older, but we can get better every day in our exercise. Isn´t this alone a nice feeling? Therefore, you should not rush it with the teacher training, but start only when you feel that the time has come. When you’re ready, you’ll find the right training for you.

Then ask yourself the following questions or pay attention to the following points:


Style:

  • Which style do I like and want to teach? Or do I prefer to get to know different styles in my training, for example when working with the different elements? From alignment based Hatha and Vinyasa Flow to the more subtle energetic practices of Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness?
  • Do I want to learn different types of practice and teaching?
  • Will I only learn a sequence of asanas or the sequencing and creation of my own sequences? Do I prefer the sequencing to better learn the energy flow of my asanas and creatively create my own sequence?
  • So what do I want to learn exactly?

Trainer:

  • Who did my trainer learn by himself?
  • How long does he have experience himself?
  • Does he continue to educate himself?
  • How many trainings has he already given?
  • What are the experiences of former students?
  • Which other good teachers do I know?

Duration of education:

  • How much time do I want to invest in my education?
  • Do I prefer one  complete intensive training over several weeks or a perhaps more sustainable education over a year?
  • How is my personal situation? Will I  fully be back in my professional life after an intensive training? Then probably my intense experience will quickly abate again and I can not fully benefit from it due to lack of training time.
  • Do I have enough time after training to digest what I have learned and to practice?

Yoga Alliance certificate:

Will my yoga teacher training  be at least 200 hours in level 1 and will it be Yoga Certified, because this education is internationally recognized and meets the standards of the Yoga Alliance?

Include these considerations in your selection of your Teacher Training.

More about the standards of the Yoga Alliance:

https://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/Standards/200-HourStandards

 

 

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Hello dears! Yoga is wonderful for more relaxation and agility. Would you like to inspire other yoga lovers because you have practiced yoga already for a while and have found your preferred style?  Tell us something about your experience:


  • Which is your preferred style? Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga…?
  • Let us know why you like your style and what your personal goals are with it. Is it more your love of physical activity or spirituality?
  • Are you a yoga instructor? What would you recommend beginners?