*Announcement before we get into the Yoga! I’ll be moving to self hosted tomorrow, so if I don’t respond to comments right away, or if things look weird…they will be addressed as soon as possible!
When someone tells me “I do a lot of yoga” my first reaction is always “Awesome! What kind?” For some yoga is a spiritual connection, you may be as Christian as they come, but yoga may be your way of connecting with God. For others, yoga is a way to alleviate pain in their body. The gentle stretching can loosen up muscles that seem to be perpetually knotted. For others, yoga is a way to quietly (or loudly) kick their own ass.
And while every type of yoga is different, every studio is different. Karmady (where I teach) uses the following class descriptions.
Corepower goes as far to tell you what temperatures and humidity their rooms will be at, these may scare you at first, but you may find yourself craving the heat eventually!
There is Bikram. I haven’t taken a Bikram class yet, although if someone knows of a Twin Cities option, please let me know! I did find this article on Greatist a great overview of the class. Basically, its heated to exactly 105 degrees, and you do more specific movements, which means you need to be extra sure that you hydrate properly! My friend Jen wrote a great post about her experience.
These are not the only types of Yoga out there, but these are the ones I would start with offering someone who is just getting into yoga!
What type of class do you like? Are you spiritual, gentle, or ass-kicking?
You can find Part 1 here!