As long as I’m doing yoga, I’m happy. If I have a good teacher and good music to practice with, even better. I’m accustomed to the “generic” sort, which ends up being a mixture of all kinds. It would be interesting to take classes of all sorts, to try out each kind individually. I’ll have to make that a goal. It might be tough, since I live in the middle of nowhere, but I consider yoga to be a learning process I will do over years and years to come. I have time to try all of it and no matter what, I will enjoy that time.
I am lucky that I live in Los Angeles, which appears to be the "hub" of yoga in the Western world. We have every single kind of yoga here practically, and new forms are being invented here daily. People here are also freer to get involved with the deeper spiritual aspects of yoga. That's certainly not a requirement to do yoga, which is probably a good thing. I can't imagine people chanting in a conservative suburban area. Generic yoga is more palatable to most.
I have learned valuable things from all kinds of traditions of yoga. And though I primarily study with teachers of one particular tradition, ultimately the yoga I favor the best is the kind that seems to come out inspirationally from my heart, on the mat in the privacy of my own home.
I think that most of the classes I take are typically a mixture of modalities. I do have to say I generally shy away from yoga classes that are high-intensity or tend to focus on mastering challenging poses rather than opening up to whatever experience or level of difficulty/ease you may currently be at.
I tried every kind of yoga for 13 years. But it wasn't until I started doing Ashtanga that I realised that this was the yoga that would change my life. It is so powerful. It is a serious workout and my mind has never felt so calmed. I truly experience a shift.
While Patabi jois is the living Ashtanga guru, the practice is ancient. For thousands of years people have been benefiting from this same exact practice.
I also love that they offer the Mysore Ashtanga yoga practice where you go to class, but you do you own practice. The teacher is there to make sure you are doing the postures clearly push you further into them. I find that I have changed so quickly and fantastically.
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