Yoga is rising in popularity everywhere. In Berlin as well! But with so many different yoga styles and classes, how do you choose the right yoga class for you? Berlin is well know to be a young multicultural city with plenty of alternative lifestyles.
There are more and different types of yoga classes in Berlin that appeal to various audiences. Yoga has many benefits is highly recommended for beginners or experts of all ages and fitness levels. Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking a yoga class.
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How to Choose the Right Yoga Class
If you are new to yoga, do not worry. Starting something new is challenging. But everyone starts somewhere. Remember yoga is for everybody. You do not have to be very strong or flexible to begin your yoga journey. Listen to your body closely and do your feels right for you at all times.
During your class, remember to breathe deeply. It is essential to feel calm, relaxed, release tension, stress and anxiety. And be patient. It is a process. Try out many different styles of yoga. If your first class is not a success, try a different class, form of yoga, teacher or studio. There are various yoga classes in Berlin so keep looking. You will definitely find something for your taste.
Picking a Yoga Class in Berlin
There are many options to choose from in Berlin. Yoga studios, styles and teachers all have different specialties. Some build strength, other inner energies or flexibility.
There are various types of yoga. So I recommend that you try out as many of them as possible and see for yourself what you prefer. Yoga is a journey and as you progress, your yoga practice will change as well.
What Yoga Style is Right for You?
Yoga is old of many thousands of years. It is definitely challenging to pick a type of yoga that suits you best. Here are some of the most common yoga types you will find in Berlin:
Hatha Yoga is a general style that usually refers to any style of yoga that practices postures. Many new modern types of yoga are derived from Hatha Yoga. Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa, Hot Yoga can all be classified as Hatha Yoga.
Yin Yoga presents an emphasis on balance between the body and the mind. Yoga poses are held for five to twenty minutes at a time. This is a meditative practice that stretches muscles, joints and nerves deeply. It is a quiet type of yoga meant to complement Yang Yoga (any other strength building practice).
Iyengar Yoga is accessible to everybody. It is derived from Hatha Yoga and emphasizes alignment and precision when executing poses. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with yoga techniques. It combines deep breathing exercises with poses that strengthen and lengthen the body.
Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic and fast paced practice of yoga. It also includes many different types of yoga. This vigorous style often refers to continuous and rapid yoga flows. You won’t hold yoga poses much long during a Vinyasa class.
Kundalini Yoga aims to increase mindfulness and self awareness. It is a very challenging practice, both physically and mentally. It combines repetitive physical and breathing exercises. In a Kundalini Yoga class, you will move into invigorating poses, chanting and meditating.
Ashtanga Yoga is a very challenging type of yoga. It teaches specific yoga sequences that scale with your progress. Also known as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, practitioners move rapidly and flow between poses. It focuses on mastery of the poses and advancement to more difficult levels.
Jivamukti Yoga is a new modern way of practicing yoga flow. It is similar to Vinyasa Yoga but incorporates chanting and meditation. It focuses on the physical, spiritual and ethical aspects of yoga. This contemporary type of yoga aims to apply yogic principles to modern lifestyles.
The Best Yoga Classes for You in Berlin
Yoga is best practiced in groups, especially if you are a beginner. It is also much more fun to have interactions with other teachers and students. Make sure you stick with a class where you feel comfortable and at peace. Also, know your limits and only do what feels right for you! I cannot stress this enough.
Popular Yoga studios in Berlin include:
Jivamukti Yoga School
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