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Should I Stay Loyal to One Style of Yoga?

There are certainly benefits to sticking with one style of yoga—digging a single deep hole rather than several shallower ones. The practice even within a single system is not necessarily uniform. In Ashtanga, the set sequence of postures can function like the “control” in a scientific experiment, highlighting changes in the practitioner. Iyengar Yoga has within its defined tradition both very vigorous and very gentle sequences, which are selected to meet a particular student’s needs.

There is also validity, however, in being a yogic gourmand who delights in many tastes, styles, and approaches.

If one day you want to sweat and strengthen your way through a Power class and the next day you feel more like being guided by your Yin teacher into a long, deep Pigeon Pose, you can choose appropriately. Varying your practice can be a way to get in touch with your inner guidance, foster balance in your body, and bring a quality of richness and spaciousness to your yoga.

A school that has a range of offerings can provide several doorways through which practitioners can enter into a yoga practice, as well as various places to make transitions along their path.

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Original Article : Should I Stay Loyal to One Style of Yoga?
By: JULIE KLEINMAN
From: yogajournal.com

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