BIKINIBOTTOM56. what a great combination of slow paced Yoga practices you do. Yoga is a personal journey and we need to listen to our body and do what is best for it.
I do also practice Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga like you and Vinyasa most of the days,because I like the flow from one pose to another (Rodney Yee, Cindy Lee, Shiva Rea, Jason Crandell, Kate Potter) but I always make certain to match breathing and expression of the poses.
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I'm relatively new to yoga, that being said I like the slower paced practices. I currently enjoy yin yoga, restorative yoga, and hatha yoga. I've also tried ashtanga yoga but went back to a little slower pace so that I can work on more focused breathing and aligning my body into the postures.
Gardengirl, I live in the Netherlands - I've tried to find out if Dru is taught in the US, but it seems to be a European / British / Australian thing... Hadn't realized it.There's a link for information on Australian Dru Yoga teachers in the US here: http://www.dru.com.au/dru-yoga/teachers-us
This video (and the others on Dru on youtube) may give you an impression of it.. .
I did 'classical' hatha yoga for years, then did a training in meditation that included a lot of Kundalini yoga exercises so I feel I got to know that some, too. Lately I began to follow classes in Dru Yoga. I like all types that I tried! The nice thing about Dru yoga to me is the 'flow' , the use of music and the element of dance and qi gong / energy work that's included. I love Kundalini Yoga because it's very diverse and somewhat dynamic, and has strong devotional aspects. Hatha Yoga, at least in the way I was taught it, has a lot of silence and depth in it. If I could I'd follow classes in each type and try out a few more, too!
I started with Iyangar Hatha Yoga.... almost all yoga is really Hatha...it's an umbrella term. I tried Bikram and hot yoga.... ok once in a while... usually when I visit my DIL. Now I do a variation on Ashtanga created by my teacher, James Miller, called Adamantine. He is hoping to give it a premier at the Iowa City Yoga Festival in October. It is a series of 20 postures intermingled with 14 sun salutations using all muscles and the full range of motion of all joints all tied to breathing to a metronome. I am dripping in sweat when I finish and feel fantastic.
I do mostly Hatha yoga. I wanted to make sure I had good body position as I was working on strengthening b/c - at 50+ I didn't want any injuries. I also like the meditative time included in this practice and the restorative aspects.
I'm still open to trying other types of yoga but will definitely NOT do any power types. The rest of life we seem to be in the fast lane. Yoga gives us time to slow down some.
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I have done hatha yoga, and vinyasa/ashtanga yoga which I like better. I move around more, it's more active so it feels like a workout, it is challenging enough and yet doable. Hatha was a great starting point, but at the same time it allowed my mind to wander too much - usually to ideas like: what are you doing, couldn't you be more productive than this? Vinyasa doesn't give me a chance to concentrate on anything more than my breathing, and making my movements flow.
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