What type of yoga would you recommend a beginner use?
Alexandra Moga (New York, NY) on May 3, 2012
Hatha yoga classes are slower paced and thus give you the time to explore proper alignment, breathing and understanding of the postures. A restorative class can be good if you are looking for a deeply relaxing experience, as restorative classes generally only explore 3-5 postures which are supportive and allow you to let go of tension over the course of 5-10 minutes per posture. Some studios also have a 'basics' or 'fundamentals' class. Avoid Power Vinyasa, Bikram or Vinyasa.
Brian Williams (New York, NY) on May 23, 2012
I love to teach beginners, and I think vinyasa yoga is great for new students, as long as you find an instructor who focuses on alignment and precision in the poses, and can show you how to modify poses as you go. There are a lot of good level one vinyasa classes out there that teach the basic poses, and incorporate a little flow to keep things lively and interesting. The main thing to remember is to take it easy, and not push yourself too hard. It is easy to see a posture and think you should look a certain way in it, and the truth is that people come to yoga with all types of differences: in their flexibility, their strength, and even in their skeletal anatomy, so it is best to work with someone who is willing to help you modify the poses so that you can develop at the pace that is right for you.