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Where do I find a teacher or school?
You can try the following sites:
The final two sites have foreign yoga classes and schools listed. Contact a teacher near the area where you are if your area is not listed.What about Ashtanga or Power Yoga?
To find some information about Ashtanga yoga on our site go to Ashtanga Yoga. You will find an article and recommendations with a catalog of products. Find out more on "PowerYoga" here. Here is an excerpt from "Beyond Power Yoga" by Beryl Bender-Birch. The current practice of "Ashtanga" yoga is the same as the current practice called "Power Yoga" according to most practitioners. Ashtanga is a popular style that is fast and fluid, moving from one pose to another. The focus is on breath and a focal point during practice. It can be an intense workout, burn calories, and rehabilitate injured athletes.How do I get started doing yoga?
Yoga has much to offer whether it is for the mind, spirit or body. Practicing Yoga can create and restore balance. Many of our videos are suitable for beginners if you are thinking of practicing at home. There are Yoga Journal Practice Series Videotapes which includes "Yoga for Beginners" with Patricia Walden and more, or the "A.M./P.M. Yoga for Beginners Set" and even "Power Yoga for Beginners" with Rodney Yee, which is rather exciting. You can read about these and others in our catalog. Gentle Yoga for Beginners Video is another fine place to start, as well as Yoga Journal's Introduction Video with Patricia Walden. The videos and DVDs give you instruction in the privacy of your own home. The structure of having a videotape to practice with helps you stick with it and feel the benefits.
We suggest finding a teacher who will deepen your experience. The teacher can help you learn to be aware of your body and how you are moving it, and apply more and more consciousness to your practice. Teachers are also essential for helping those with special problems and can teach you how to do yoga in a way that helps your situation (back pain, stiff knees, etc.) and causes no harm. See the FAQ above and find a teacher near you. Usually persons in a class are barefoot. There are often sticky mats which the teacher usually provides. Sometimes the students bring their own mat to class. The reason for the mat is to prevent slippage on the floor of the feet and hands. It also provides cushioning for the body in yoga positions which are called poses or asanas. The teacher demonstrates a pose and explains to the students how to do it. You may notice other props in the yoga studio and on the videos. Blocks, straps or belts, and other items are used with some forms of yoga, especially Iyengar style yoga. At home, you could benefit from a sticky mat but can get away without one if you have floors that aren't too slippery. To substitute blocks, try a thick book. For a strap you can use a belt or scarf you already own when getting started.Do you speak Spanish and what are some websites on yoga in Spanish?
Nosotros lo sentimos, pero no hablamos espanol aqui...bueno, hay uno o dos quien hablan espanol, pero este sitio esta actualmente dedicado principalment al ingles. Si ustedes quieren encontrar informacion sobre el Yoga en espanol, pueden tratar los sitios siguientes.
What about doing yoga with back problems?
We recommend that you begin slowly to orient your body to a new way of exercising that will not lead to or exacerbate injury as may have been the case with your previous experience. We suggest Back Care Yoga for Beginners with Rodney Yee, and/or Lower Body Yoga with Patricia Walden. Mary Schatz, M.D. has a helpful book, "Back Care Basics." Many have been helped by using a Pelvic Inversion Swing. This is a device which allows one to hang upside down and thus create space between the vertebrae in the back. The best advice for those with back problems doing yoga is this:
What are the different types of hatha yoga?
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