What type of Yoga should I use?

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    Jun 05, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I was looking into adding yoga into my workout, but as i started researching the topic, i found out there are many different types. I was looking for beginner dvd's and maybe even going into a class, but I wanted to make sure I was doing the right Yoga type. I am training to gain mass and strength but i also want to get more flexible and use muscles that basic weight lifting doesn't use. Any suggestions?

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    J Mar :Þ
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    Jun 05, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    I haven't tried every form of yoga out there, but I've taken classes with several different instructors, and whether they called the style "Iyengar" or "Ashtanga" or "Vinyasa," the main postures were the same. Different schools seem to emphasize slightly different techniques, like holding postures for a long time, versus moving through the postures more rapidly in a linked series. You might look into the type called "Ashtanga" (or "Astanga") which got a lot of attention some years ago because Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow were practicing it. The class I took had us going through the postures fluidly and pretty fast--I found it very challenging.

    But there are many guys on here who know a lot more about yoga than I do. I would defer to them.
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    Jun 05, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    Start with some Hatha classes to learn your basics, then move to Ashtanga - sometimes called Power Yoga - to really see the benefits you specifically are seeking.
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    Jun 05, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    Hatha is really light stuff. Go to a beginner Ashtanga class.
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    Jun 05, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    All yoga (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram...et) falls under the umbrella of Hatha. I am a yoga teacher and I would first find a good "Intro to Yoga" class. There is a difference between "Beginner" classes, which already assume you have basic knowledge of the poses and their Sanskrit names, and "Intro" classes. An "Intro" class will teach you the basics (usually taught in a 4-6 week series), so you can then move into a "beginner" class and not feel lost.

    If you're ever in Seattle, check out this guy's classes....I hear he's really good...;)

    http://www.yogashackgtown.com
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    Jun 05, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    Astanga is my favourite, after trying several million different types. I do get very hot doing it, though! (Actually, the heat generated is one of the 'cleansing' benefits, I've read.)

    Yet more suggestions, in addition to those already:

    I've got a book called 'Astanga Yoga for You', by Tara Fraser. Not sure if you would be able to get it in US bookshops, but I'm sure it could be sourced through Amazon or similar.

    Also, a useful website, www.yoga-manchester.co.uk gives a chart of the first three series of exercises (I think there are at least five levels, but you have to be a circus contortionist to do those!).

    Needless to say, make sure you get an instructor to guide you regularly until you know what you are doing.

    Have fun with it!
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    Jun 06, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    i'm combining mictest and cosmicjewboy's recomendations to reflect my own experience. go to a beginner ashtanga class. since you're on realjock, i'm making the assumption that you're fit and active. you will be confused by the poses and by much of the class, but that's ok. you're just there to see if you like what they're doing. if you do like, then follow cosmic's advice and take an intro series (i did a one that was 3 2.5 hour sessions. that will teach you the basic poses and the basic principals. then go go back to an ashtanga class you will quickly find yourself getting comfortable in it all.
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    Jun 06, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    I don't know what kind it is but this looks fairly useful ..
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    Feb 05, 2011 7:27 AM GMT
    Anusara yoga is a great beginner style. It really respects your limits and introduces you to much more than just poses and breath. A lot of people like Ashtanga and other flow classes because they are a workout and increase flexibility. But if you just do that you're only being exposed to a small part of what yoga is. Try an anusara class or maybe a meditation class and you will see why you need more than postures and breath.