A true yoga practice is dynamic and responsive to a person’s ever-changing needs, goals, likes and dislikes. Yoga, which in Sanskrit means “union,” is about marrying your mind and your body to create an overall better sense of wellness.
Yet, there are many misconceptions about yoga, especially as it relates to exercise. Just the other day I met a woman, and she asked me what I did. I told her I taught yoga and, before I could tell her which kind or that my focus was wellness writing, she interrupted me and said, “Yoga? I can’t do yoga. It’s just so boring! I mean all you do is stretch and chant.”
What my new friend didn’t know is that there are dozens, if not hundreds of different yoga modalities. You’ve got basic classes like yin or restorative, hot yoga, vinyasa, power yoga and series like the Ashtanga primary series and Bikram. You have specific methodologies like Iyengar, Jivamukti, Anusara and Integral.
And then you have more niche classes like prenatal yoga, mommy and me yoga, yoga for cancer, yoga for golfers, yoga for men, stand-up paddleboard yoga and beach yoga.
Lastly, there are some of the more zany or exotic classes like laughter yoga, aerial yoga and, yes, even nude yoga.
The point is there is no one yoga. There is one you, but not one yoga. Therefore, your practice is like the ocean ebbing and flowing with your natural rhythm and whatever weather comes your way.
Some days I practice at home and incorporate barre. Other days I take an Ashtanga class. And some other days I just work on being kind to people even when they tell me my profession is boring.
Hilton Head and Bluffton offer not only a wide selection of classes, but also diverse instructors teaching both studio and private sessions that bring their own twists (pun intended) to yoga.
With all this variety, there really is a practice for everyone – and your mind and body will thank you for it.
Becca Edwards is a certified birth doula, holistic health coach, yoga and Barre instructor, writer/blogger, and owner of b.e.Well+b.e.Creative (www. bewellbecreative.com). This article is provided in collaboration with Jiva Yoga.