Again, there are several different schools or ways to practice yoga and I could not begin to tell you which one would be best for you.
And the goals of the different practices would obviously be different.
Some would focus on the spiritual aspect of the practice, others the mental aspect and then there are those that will focus more on the physical aspect.
But generally speaking, there will be a spiritual, mental and physical benefit to you with any type of yoga.
Then there is something called hot yoga where you practice in a studio that is about 103 degrees F.
This is much more of a challenge but the added benefits are detox and purification of body fluids and weight loss if you need to shed a few pounds.
Again, do some research in the library or on your computer.
There are several good yoga studios here in Burlington and at least 3 that I know of offer hot yoga.
Most yoga studios will offer you a full week trial for anywhere between $20 and $40 so you can try different classes and instructors.
That way you will be able to find a studio, a method and an instructor(s) that you like.
And do not be intimidated just because you are a beginner.
Everyone has to start somewhere and remember that it is not a competition.
Yoga is a practice and there will always be someone who is better than you.
This is nothing to be concerned about.
As with anything, the more you do it the better you will be at it.
Most yoga studios will have booklets or pamphlets showing the names and positions of the various poses specific to their method of practice.
You should practice these at home so when the instructor calls out what position or pose they would like you to assume next, you don’t have to look around to see what everyone else is doing.
And the person next to you may not be doing it the right way anyway.
Yoga instructors usually walk around the room and will help you with your positioning if need be especially if you are in a beginners class.
Nonetheless, you will clearly realize the benefits with respect to stress management and it can be something you can do together as a family.
Part 6 will be a continuation of how to effectively manage your stress.
We will further our learning next week.