Born thousands of years ago in the pristine lap of the Himalayas; yoga with time has evolved and branched out into various forms. Designed to bestow the treasures of good health, longevity and happiness, the ancient practice of yoga is transformative and life-changing. With plenty of styles, variation and hybrids, yoga has found its way into the yoga studios and centers across the globe. But with so many options it becomes a bewildering task to choose the best class by a novice or a seasoned practitioner.
Selecting the right class is also essential to commence successful yoga training in Nepal or at any other place.
Fret not, here’s a revealing guide that helps you pick the right style and class.
Consider and Clear the Intention
The first step you take is to know about your intention and consider your reasons to start the yoga practice. Make sure what kind of session you intend to go for, a sweaty rigorous one or a restorative, or want to get rid of extra kilos, or want to explore your spirituality. These things help you to have a clearer and better insight into what you actually want from the class and yoga session.
Be Honest to Yourself
The second step you need to take is to consider your preferences and be honest about your needs. Now while doing so, be clear of what you exactly want, a personalized class or a group class, do you like to be pushed or want a more empathetic approach? Along with that, you need to be fully honest about your physical needs, financial limitations, time feasibility, etc.
101 Guides for Yoga Style
After ensuring about your needs and intention, choose a preferable style and yoga class for yourself. This also helps you during teacher training or yoga holidays in Nepal, India, Thailand, etc. But in actuality, getting into a right class happens only after you start trying the yoga styles. Go for style hopping, take trial classes, be mindful during the sessions, observe the body and how it feels during and after the class, and more. Also pay attention towards the stress, mental and emotional shift, notice what inspires you or where you lost interest, and the best way to know the right fit- is your will to come back again.
Right Style, for the right class
It is essential to find the right style of yoga that resonates with you and this way you can choose the right style. While surfing the net, you must have come across certain terms like Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Restorative, etc. to name a few, these are the yoga styles.
If you love slow-paced exercise then the traditional style of yoga Hatha is for you. One who is more into fast-paced workout regime with certain challenges should go for Ashtanga or Power Yoga. Kundalini is for those who want to explore spirituality, Vinyasa is a dynamic form of yoga and is great for athletes, Hot and Bikram yoga is practiced in a heated room and is an ideal way to do a hardcore workout, Iyengar is ideal for beginners, Shivanand is ideal for people with special abilities or who can’t sit on the floor, and more.
Know you’re in the Perfect Yoga Class
Know that whether you’re in the right class by tuning inwards and let the inner-voice take the decision with these key elements:
• At the right class, you feel supported and safe.
• You get all the instruction of the teacher clearly.
• The teachers customized their teachings as per the individual for better learning.
• Your teacher makes the class enticing, respects the student’s needs and limitations and listens to them.
• Teachers should be inspiring, address everyone, show concern, should be approachable, and is passionate about yoga.
With these points, you not only choose the perfect class but take a step toward making the yoga training in Nepal successful and worthy.