Yoga And Meditation: There’s One Style Just For You

With so many different styles of both yoga and meditation to choose from, which one should you follow? It’s a good question to ask yourself if you’ve never done either one. Friends are often a deciding influence if they have made their own commitment to a particular style or practice philosophy. What if you don’t have such a friend or peer. Who would you ask? In this article, writer Kelsey McQuade offers up some suggestions and guidance to those of you on the fence in her recent article for Medill Reports Chicago.

Yoga And Meditation: There’s One Style Just For You

All yoga is not created equal. Hatha yoga – the classic yoga that focuses on postures and breathing – comes with a whole menu of options, inlcuding Power, Iyengar and Ashtanga.

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There are many yoga and meditation styles, and there are some just right for you. Photo by Stockbyte c/o Photos.Com.

All three are growing in popularity in Chicato yoga studios. And, like every type of yoga, meditation exercises, physical benefits and fitness considerations set them apart from each other.

Fast-paced Power and Ashtanga are considered “vigorous vinyasas.” The vinyasa-style is a series of flowing postures combined with rhythmic breathing, according to yoga enthusiasts.

“Power yoga is energizing and helps you build core strength, so you are moving, breathing and sweating more than you might in other classes,” said Katrina Kopeck, an instructor at Corepower Yoga in Lincoln Park.

Power yoga is the Western spin on Ashtanga Yoga, from India. Ashtanga is series of six asanas, or collections of postures that offer increasing challenges as people progress.

See which style of yoga and meditation is right for you here at news.medill.northwestern.edu:

Whether you decide to follow more physically demanding styles of yoga and meditation, or not, the two of you will eventually find one another. Please leave a comment and let us know what style of yoga or meditation you have gravitated to and why.

Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining. It is an applied science, a systematized collection of laws applied to bring about a definite end. It takes up the laws of psychology, applicable to the unfolding of the whole consciousness of man on every plane, in every world, and applies those rationally in a particular case. This rational application of the laws of unfolding consciousness acts exactly on the same principles that you see applied around you every day in other departments of science.                               Annie Wood Besant

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