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