Never in your life have you risen to any asana and cannot understand where to start? Yoga instructor Geraldine Byrne gives recommendations.

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Yoga has an incredible amount of benefits – it normalizes blood pressure, increases stamina, strengthens bones and joints and reduces stress levels. This knowledge alone should be enough to make you want to sign up for classes. However, people who are full of prejudices regarding yoga often come to my classes. Some told me that yoga is dull and boring. Others – that this is only for crazy women who sing mantras all day long. Thirdly, that for this at least you need to have the flexibility of a circus gymnast. But the truth is that no matter what your temperament or level of sports training, you can always find yourself the ideal yoga direction. She develops strength, balance and flexibility – but this is the result of doing yoga, not the base. No one stands on his head in the first or tenth lesson.

The goal of any yoga is a feeling of lightness and relaxation. But in order to get the maximum benefit and pleasure from classes, you should choose the direction that is ideally suited to you. For example, if you have several strength training per week, it makes sense to choose yoga that focuses on stretching in order to balance the load. For example, yin or hatha. If you have had an injury or illness like arthritis, find a personal instructor and try Iyengar Yoga. If it is important for you to completely immerse yourself and relax with your soul, then you will like jivamukti. Well, if you can boast of good sports training and want something more complicated – Ashtanga Vinyasa or Vinyasa Flow will do.

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is somewhat reminiscent of Ashtanga. Both teachers who invented it were disciples of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Most asanas (that is, poses) in them coincide, but the approach is completely different. Iyengar is good for beginners and those who want to find balance and tone. Belts, bricks, bolsters will help beginners to take asanas without harm to health and, over time, be ready for a more complex kind of yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga

A more energetic kind of yoga. During the lesson, you will be offered to make several poses, each of which will need to be held for five breaths and exhalations, and in between to make a “greeting to the sun.”

Mysore Yoga

A three-hour class of Ashtanga Yoga, during which you are free to come and go at any time. The instructor shows asanas, and you repeat, but at your own pace and as much as you want. This is the safest kind of yoga.