Those of us that are new to yoga know how intimidating it can be to feel like the latecomer to such a popular practice. If you tried a yoga class recently (last month was National Yoga Month), but it just didn't feel right, don't give up hope.
The truth is, there are many different ways to do yoga. Sifting through all the different yoga styles is enough to make anyone break out into a sweat, long before even attempting a sun salutation.
Gaiam Life, is a great go-to source for beginners with their guide to eight major styles of yoga. Their explanations make understanding the difference between Hatha, Iyengar, Anusara and Bikram yoga (just to name a few) as simple as the happy baby pose. Find out which one suits you the best and boost your confidence by knowing what to expect when you step into that first class.
And, if your having trouble finding a class, there many resources available, wherever you happen to be. Natasha Baker's article in the Huffington Post reviews the Om Finder, created by the Vancouver-based yoga apparel company Lululemon. It is an iPhone app that helps users find yoga classes nearby. Baker notes, "classes can be found at nearly 7,000 studios in 63 countries worldwide and can be filtered by time and type, including hatha, power flow, vinyasa and hot yoga." Other resources online include sites GoRecess and Yogafinder.
Beginners Guide to 8 Major Styles of Yoga via Gaiam Life
Yoga-Finding Apps Search for Upcoming Yoga Classes Wherever You Are via Huffington Post