Ok, so I have been praticing yoga for over 10 years now and I am a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor but I do still feel like a beginner and feel that I have a lot to learn. That is one of the beauties of the realm of yoga , you can always go deeper and deeper.
Recently I became interested in the Hatha, ashtanga practice because while I was doing Kundalini which is mostly seating and meditation I also ran and did heavy cardio work but I injured my foot with plantar fascitis so I cant do it anymore…
So I discovered ashtanga which incorporates heavy physical work in a moving meditation and I am loving how instense it is and how concentrated you have to be in order to hold the poses! Talk about being in the present moment!
Also it has helped me be more stable in meditation because the physical asanas of yogas are meant to prepare our body for meditation ( not for a beautiful handstand photo for instagram ) . All types of yoga help the channels ( nadis, meridians) flow correctly so our energy and brain signals do not get interrupted and we can function at our 100% in life. Because our body is the only permanent possesion we have in this life. So we have to take care of it .
The thing is that with the myriad of yoga styles there is out there one can get confused but the thing is to chose the one that calls to you at the moment of your life , just to have 60-90 mins ( typical duration of yoga classes) of consciouss movement and breath will change your life. Do it try it , do not take my word but experiment it yourself.
That could be kundalini, ashtanga, hatha, javamukti … they all work wonders
Here is a link to a research done on the benefits of 8 weeks of yoga
What if you grew up in a desserted island? and no one told you if you that you were fat or skinny , ugly or beautiful. Y
You would look within yourself to know those answers. You would do excercise because it makes you feel good or makes you more agile to do your daily chores…
Well this is the approach to fitness we should be looking for
Thanks for the inspiration at Bryan Kest´s yoga class in Santa Monica , he gives his class as a maintenance for our bodies, not to change us or make us be able to do handstands or contorsions but to care for our bodies while also being present with our breath while doing the asanas, a moving meditation.
Although headstands, inversions etc do help bering oxygen to the brain and help the circulation of energy the modern western yoga world has become obsessed with just the look of or the contorsion side while it is just a side benefit from the practice
Now a days there are so many different type of yoga classes that one can get easily confused as to which one is the best etc.
For me it comes down to which one connects with you better, which one is more YOU and you feel you need it for your personal development.
Ashtanga, power, yin, jivamutki, kundalini… I wont dwelve into which is which but I encourage if possible to give them a try, find a teacher which inspires you.
Personally I am a trained Kundalini yoga intstructor because everytime I went to that class my day and life transformed into the better, loved that the teacher spoke during the excercises so I felt that I was at a lecture and I could say it changed me .
Now a days since I moved to Puerto Rico I dont have Golden Bridge( the Kundalini center I used to attend in Los Angeles ) so I am starting to go to Ashtanga yoga classes which are much more physical, the teacher does not give you a lecture just guides you through the poses and with your inhale exhale you go into a continuous moving meditation .
It all depend on where you are at in your spiritual journey what you want?
Link to learn more about different types of yoga
Link to learn more about Kundalini Yoga