There is no competition in yoga (although there are, believe it or not, yoga competitions). Even competing against yourself is discouraged — albeit very tempting at times. It’s not about doing more or doing it faster. That kind of thinking is so… twentieth century. Yoga is a voyage of discovery. It’s one way to find out just how much you’re capable of. Think of it as a course in yourself: You 101.
When you’re just beginning, the first step is choosing which style fits you. Think about your personal preference—do you need a fast-paced practice, a restorative practice, or something in-between? Trying various classes is the best way to find out. Also, ask teachers for advice and guidance. Also, consider the possibility that what you are initially drawn to, may not be the practice you ultimately pursue.
It’s not only the type of yoga you’ll want to explore; also get to know the style of the teacher. Even within the same branch of yoga, you’ll find (more…)