By Lauren Denos: 3/13/2015 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I have been doing yoga for a few weeks because I know it will be good for my flexibility and strength and balance and all of that, but it is sooooo boring. Is there a way for me to stick with this without being bored out of my mind?

Thank you, Mike

Dear Mike,

I understand. In fact, I am one of those people who can have a low tolerance for slow exercises such as yoga. But, one thing that I had discovered a while back is that there is a wide range of different types of yoga and some are much more intense than others. There is: Ananda, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Integral, ISHTA, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kali Ray, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Restorative, Sivananda, Svaroopa, Vini, Vinyasa, White Lotus, and Yin.

Some yoga is traditional and some are fusions with other exercise styles. If you are wanting something more intense, then you may want to test out are Vinyasa or Power yoga. That, or Bikram yoga, which is a hot room yoga (this can be too much for some people due to the excessive heat). There are also individuals who have come up with their own fusion yoga that can be quiet challenging, like Budokon and Yogic Arts by Duncan Wong. These can be very challenging since they take much more balance, strength and flexibility than other yoga practices; but, if you are okay with knowing that it will take some time before you are up to speed with the videos, and are aware that you will have to alter things for a while to fit them to your level, then it can offer a fun challenge.

Also, test out different teachers. Sometimes it is not the yoga style but the teacher you are not digging. If you test out different types of yoga and you test out multiple teachers and do not find a fit you like, then yoga may not be the exercise for you. There are plenty of other options out there that will train you in balance, strength and flexibility, like marital arts. Remember, just because someone is telling you that yoga is the best exercise in the world and you should do it, does not mean that it will absolutely be right for you. Go test this all out and see what you enjoy. Have fun exploring!





 

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