We all enjoy a quick yoga session in the morning, or before bed every now and then, but sometimes we don’t know what we want and we don’t know what to do. Here are some suggestions on which style of yoga to practice, according to your mood.
When you’re feeling lazy, sleepy or simply don’t want to move from the couch, Ananda Yoga is perfect for you. Ananda focuses on the internal, rather than external, work of yoga. This form of yoga works with the subtle energies, or prana, to reach for a higher state of mind. Through energization exercises and affirmations associated with each yoga pose, Ananda further guides you into a peaceful state, preparing you for a superior state of meditation. Ananda always makes particular use of Sankalpa, intention-setting, furthering the internal work of this form of yoga. Feeling lazy doesn’t mean you have to do nothing, you can work subtly and transition quickly into the meditative aspects of yoga.
Bored or Restless.
It’s a slow day, perhaps a rainy Sunday, and it’s the perfect time to get your inner yogi going. Jump on a mat and start your Hatha or Iyengar Yoga practice. Originally brought to the Western World by the beloved yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, this type of yoga is all about precision and the use of props to reach flexibility, strength, awareness and stability. When you want a change or need to make something happen, Iyengar and Hatha yoga inspire you to use your surroundings to innovate with your body. If it’s one of those moments when nothing is happening and you want a change of pace, this type of yoga will incite you to focus on your body, alignment and push yourself harder. With the use of props, such as blocks and straps, Iyengar Yoga allows everyone to follow the practice, which in itself is centered around movement, holding diverse poses to reach a calming point for your body and mind…Nothing is better than relaxing your mind and re-energizing your body when you’re feeling bored or restless.
If you’re feeling happy and ready to celebrate being alive, get your Vinyasa flow on! When you want to celebrate your life and your body, heading to Vinyasa Yoga is the right move. This practice uses rapid, flowing movement through sequences to allow you to focus on what matters most: you. Your heart rate elevates, sweat pours, breaths pull in and out deeply and you feel particularly alive.
Everyone feels down sometimes, but luckily there are ways to pull ourselves back up.Power Yoga can get us out of that hole and lift our spirits up. Based on Ashtanga Yoga, this practice is more vigorous and fitness-based — which is great for getting endorphins up. Though you’ll find less focus on relaxation and meditation, this yoga will empower you through the strength it brings out in you. By the end of the session you’ll find yourself at least feeling happier and more satisfied with yourself.
When anxiety, stress or simple worry kicks in, try Kripalu Yoga. Often referred to as the “yoga of consciousness”, this introspective practice will allow you to heal yourself from inside out. There are three stages in Kripalu: in stage one you discover poses and your own abilities; in stage two you hold poses for an extended time while developing more concentration and awareness; finally, in stage three you achieve movement spontaneously and in full meditative mode. After a long day at work, a fight, or a bad night, Kripalu can restore your mind and body and give you the calmness you desperately need.
About the Author: Juliana Tamayo is a journalist and writer from Colombia living in Washington, DC. She’s a blog contributor for Punta Banco Retreats and other various sites. When she’s not writing and reading, she enjoys dancing, yoga and golf. You can find more about her on her website www.jtrcontent.com