The one with what style of yoga is best for YOU

I was right. I am in fact really really sore from my HIIT workout. Mainly in my triceps, calves, abs….okay everywhere.

BUT it is already feeling a little better than yesterday and I am already excited to do the next one. Today I have a little gentle slow jog on the cards to hopefully loosen up my muscles, and then tomorrow it’s gonna be HIIT focusing on whatever feels the least sore at that time πŸ™‚

It is feeling really good to add something new to the mix. It is so easy for me to get fixated on doing only yoga and running because I love them sooo much, but variety is awesome too and I know it is only going to mean good things for my yoga and running.

And speaking of trying new things, I found this cute lil’ chart on how to find the best yoga style for you:


(From here)

I think this could be a great starting point for new yogis and could help someone feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the weird yoga words and number of choices. Sooo many people say to me that they tried yoga once and hated it, and that absolutely makes sense to me- between the different styles of asana practice and different teacher styles it is highly possible that the first class you try might not be the one that floats your boat the most. This chart might help narrow down what style could suit your personality.

I Β lucked out when I started yoga because I had come from a ballet background and was majorly into cardio and high intensity workouts and I just happened to start off with vinyasa which was perfect for me at that time. My way of approaching yoga has definitely evolved over time though and now I love the alignment focused classes like iyengar and classes with longer holds in poses like ashtanga. I still love me some vinyasa but I definitely don’t want to do that all the time like I used to – in particular with flexibility being difficult for me I like to spend longer in a pose which vinyasa doesn’t always allow for. Also because my brain is usually all over the place it can sometimes be easier for me to slow it down and sink into the meditation more when I am doing a slower practice.

To sum up my little yoga journey ramble, it is so important to choose the style that is right for you personally, and also to be open to that changing over time. If you don’t love the first class you try or the teaching style that is totally fine – but if you feel like yoga could be something you could enjoy then it is soo worth it to get back in there and try a different class. Of course it’s possible that yoga might never float your boat, but at least if you’ve given it a good whack you can move on knowing that being able to meditate and lick your heel at the same time isn’t for you and you can find your bliss elsewhere πŸ™‚

And if you want a little extra incentive to start doing yoga:

Inspirational Yogis in their 90’s

90 year old yogis


So cool πŸ™‚

What yoga style did the quiz say would be best for you?

What style yoga class did you first try? Did you love it or hate it?Β 


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15 Responses to The one with what style of yoga is best for YOU

  1. Jason says:

    Restorative & Yin! I need to give it a try!

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  2. This is so helpful! I tend to stick with vinyasa but I have been interested in trying bikram. I always wonder if the routine would get boring!

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    • Yeah I actually haven’t tried bikram but I’ve totally wondered the same thing! Like every now and then I think it would be good but I definitely couldn’t do it every day! Also I’ve done hot yoga and the sweat dripping into my eyes really distracted me haha. Some people love that though!


  3. There are so many different types of yoga out there now, I think there is something for everyone. I personally prefer something slow and relaxing.

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  4. This is actually so helpful! I’m saving it on my computer now. Even though I work at a yoga-inspired company I have trouble telling all the differences haha. I love a practice where I can sweat, burn calories, but at the end just chillllll out πŸ™‚ But there are days when I really just need to relax.

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    • Ooooh what do you do? Sounds awesome!! Absolutely, I love a practice that really fires it up in the beginning and then gets super slow and meditative towards the end- the best of both worlds! πŸ™‚


  5. Polly says:

    I think you might have inspired me to try yoga again!!! I had once tried in the past and was overwhelmingly surprise by how hard it was!!!! And, I might add, I am pretty flexible although I am a runner. I think I might have took on too intense of a yoga work out! But, let me tell you, SWEAT?!? I sweated up a storm and felt wobbly. But, after reading this, I think I am going to look more into getting back into yoga. I really believe that yoga would benefit me in so many ways…. but I was frustrated after my first try. But, like the saying says, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again!” πŸ™‚

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    • So true Polly! If you feel like yoga could be for you then it probably is!! You should go for it! There are soo many styles and also finding the right teacher can make a huge difference too. Most studios have a free trial class or week of classes which helps too πŸ™‚ yoga can definitely be really hard!! Which is great if you’re looking for that but if it’s not what you expected/were ready for then eek! πŸ™‚


  6. TechChick says:

    Ah, very interesting! Mine said Ashtanga style yoga. That is a super useful chart for people like me who are yoga clueless!

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  7. runsaltrun says:

    I am SO taking that quiz and if you don’t mind I would love to borrow it for my facebook! (I will give you credit!) And all this food looks AMAZING. (I’m starving haha)

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