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Embark on Your Yoga Journey: Exploring Beginner-Friendly Yoga Styles!

Oakville Yoga Studio Blog Embark on Your Yoga Journey Exploring Beginner-Friendly Yoga Styles!

As a yoga studio owner, I often get asked this question – “what styles of yoga would you recommend for someone who is new to yoga?”. While the answer will vary depending on whether there are some health conditions to consider, age, level of overall fitness, please use this blog post as a rule of thumb that can help you navigate the variety of yoga classes/styles are out there.

Often yoga is associated with stretching, which is not the case. While most yoga poses help further develop flexibility, yoga practice gives me more than that. You build strength, balance and stamina on your mat. There are some active styles of yoga that are dynamic such as vinyasa flow and power flow. If you are new to yoga, I recommend starting with gentler classes before you build your practice up to move effortlessly from one pose to the other without you trying to figure out the alignment for each pose.

Leaving vinyasa and power flow aside, what do I recommend to a beginner level?

If you are looking for a practice which encompasses strength building, flexibility, and balance, I recommend trying slow flow or gentle flow. You move through a sequence of poses, but the slower pace allows for more detailed queuing from a yoga teacher. You have time to figure out the pose before you move into the next one. At Goji Yoga Studio we have a variety of classes that are slower pace and gentler while still focusing on delivering all the health benefits that yoga practice has to offer!

If you are looking specifically for stretching, Yin class would be the one to attend. I have written more on Yin Yoga Style before, and it’s the style that is accessible to everyone. In addition to stretching the class is very meditative as it is slow-paced with all the poses done sitting or lying down. While the idea of the style is relaxing and unwinding, the longer holds of poses give you a deep stretching that goes beyond the muscles and positively affects connective tissues such as fascia, ligaments, and tendons. If you check out our schedule you will see that we offer Warm Yin Candlelight three times per week at 7 PM at night – perfect time to unwind, relax and quiet a busy mind at the end of a busy day.

While most yoga poses help further develop flexibility, yoga practice gives me more than that. You build strength, balance and stamina on your mat.

While we don’t want for yoga to be associated with just stretching, most yoga studios do offer a stretch class. I may have some elements/poses of yoga, and some of the poses and longer holds are carefully picked by a teacher with that sole purpose in mind – stretching and finding a bigger range of motion through positively affecting the joints. At Goji Yoga Studio we have Warm Stretch Magic class on Sunday nights, 7 PM, and it is one of the most popular classes. What to expect during this class? The poses are held for longer, but not as long as in Yin Class, so you are moving from one stretching pose to another at a much slower pace than let’s say slow flow or gentle flow. All the poses are done sitting or lying down, so even if you are feeling tired at the end of a busy week and weekend, this class just gives you space to relax and unwind while stretching and finding a better connection between body, mind and spirit.

Ready to embark on your yoga journey with Goji Yoga Studio?

Join us for a transformative experience that caters to all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Explore our dynamic vinyasa flows, embrace the serenity of Yin Yoga, or unwind with our special Stretch Magic sessions. Your path to well-being starts here. Browse our class schedule and book your session today!

To summarize, for anyone who is new to yoga and inquiring about classes that are beginner friendly, I do recommend slow or gentle flow/gentle hatha classes to attend if they are looking for an active style of yoga that is still suitable for beginners. If someone is looking for a relaxing practice with a focus on stretching, Yin style and Stretch class (Warm Yin Candlelight and Warm Stretch Magic at Goji Yoga Studio), would be the way to go.

There is also Restorative Yoga practice – the slowest possible pace yoga class. All the poses are done sitting or lying down, but in addition to that, you are making yourself even more comfortable to yoga bolsters (big pillows designed specifically for this style). In a restorative yoga class expect to be in a pose for as long as 10 mins; this is your opportunity to fully relax, to come to stillness without being distracted. How often do you have such a chance if you are at home, at work or anywhere else? People come to Restorative Yoga to give themselves that gift of “down time”. The style has tremendous benefits on the nervous system, quality of sleep as well as physical body since longer relaxed holds allows for the release of muscles, connective tissues and send your whole body and mind into “rest and digest” mode. It’s a beautiful class to distress.

The exciting news is that we will be adding Restorative Yoga class to Goji Yoga Studio offerings in September. We will start with the class being held on last Friday of every month at 7 PM. As the popularity of the class grows, we will add more classes of this style to the schedule. So if you are curious to try this class, keep your eye out for it on schedule.

I hope that this blog pose sheds some light on the yoga styles/classes that are beginner friendly. Of course, the suitability of a class varies from person to person. Sometimes it’s even the time of the day that calls for a certain yoga style. On some days you want to move and be more active, on others you appreciate a slow pace and relaxing nature of Yin or Stretch class. My suggestion always to give a try to different styles so you can know what resonates with you. If you still have some questions specific to a particular yoga styles and Goji Yoga Studio offerings, please drop us a line at hi@goji.yoga. We are happy to answer all of your questions!

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Lena L.

My name is Lena. I have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. I believe yoga is a life-long journey. I am at the stage of my journey where I want to share my yoga experience and knowledge to benefit your lives, and that was the reason I took a Yoga Teacher Training to be a certified Yoga Teacher. Join me on your mat for transformational and fun classes at Goji Yoga Studio.

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