Incorporating yoga into your life in a sustainable way requires you to think about developing a routine that suits your lifestyle. It also helps if you stay mindful about how and what you’re feeling on any given day. Certain personality types may also be better suited to specific yoga types. By keeping all of these in mind as you go about creating your own yoga routine, it’s possible to fast track the process to increased energy, an improved overall mindset, and you’re able to get the most out of your day.
Starting a Yoga Routine
If you’re developing a yoga routine for yourself for the first time, or you’re looking to shake things up and create a new one, start by experimenting with the different types of yoga that sound interesting to you. Once you’ve given them a go, it will be easier to whittle the list down to a couple that you love and enjoy. Begin by thinking about what you loved to do as a child. Dancing? Karate? Team sports? This should help to guide the process and get you closer to finding the right type. When you start to practice these different types more consistently, the benefits trickle into other areas of your life as well.
Example Yoga Types Based on Interests
If you enjoyed dancing a lot as a child (or even enjoy it a lot to this day), vinyasa flow is a good yoga type to try. Karate involves a series of curated moves, so a yoga type with curated flows and poses (like Ashtanga) could be something that works for you. If you’ve always been someone who likes participating in team activities or sports, acroyoga might be a lot of fun. As the name suggests, it combines yoga and acrobatics. It also draws on cheerleading and circus arts traditions, and showcases one of the more unconventional yoga types out there. Doing it with a partner or friend can be a great experience too.
Yoga Tailored To How You’re Feeling
Your lifestyle plays an important part in your yoga routine, but another key element to consider is the way you’re feeling on any given day. Remember that movement is a lot like food. Once you understand how different types of movement nourish your body in different ways, it’s possible to put together a “menu” of activities to keep yourself in alignment on days when you don’t quite feel like yourself. If you’re experiencing feelings of frailty or you’re unfoces, try a vigorous style like vinyasa, Iyengar or ashtanga to return you to your stable, powerful self. Tight, anxious or tense? A gentler yoga type like yin or restorative will increase relaxation, and help you to feel lighter in no time at all.
Yoga Curated By Personality Types
Considering your personality type can also shed some light on the types of yoga that can be easiest to incorporate into your routine. If you’re quiet and introverted, online yin yoga (or others you can do from the comfort of your own home) might be the way to go. The same applies for if you typically work a long workday, and you want something that can be incorporated on your own time. More sociable people with a little bit more schedule flexibility may want to try a vinyasa flow class with a group of people. Another option is a 90 minute yoga flow like bikram, especially if you’re craving movement. You can also try yin yoga if you’re in the mood for something a little slower, with a lot of stretching.
Developing a yoga routine will take some time, and if you’re curious enough, you may even fall in love with more than one yoga type. If you’re keen to try a specific yoga type, or have any questions about the different types, feel free to get in touch with me. I also offer private holistic health coaching, where I assist clients with making it easier to develop a yoga routine one-on-one, as well as encouraging them to look at other wellness aspects too, in order to get the most out of their self care practice.