When I tell people I teach yoga they say one of two things, “I can’t sit still for that long.” OR “I’m not flexible enough for yoga.” I don’t think either is true, but completely understand how a person could come to that conclusion with the usual depiction of a yoga class.
For the sake of this article I’m going to provide suggestions of yoga classes for those that don’t think they can sit still for an entire class.
First things first. There are classes that don’t require you to sit still or move slowly for an entire hour. I know…mind blown! Let me give you a few more details and class suggestions.
Vinyasa Yoga Class
The most basic of a heavy movement style yoga class is Vinyasa. In this style of yoga class you link breath to movement.
An example of what I mean here is the following statement, and basic class sequence. Feel free to follow along in your mind or actual movement, to get a feel of what I mean.
Stand tall with your arms by your side. Inhale, sweep your arms up overhead palms face one another. Exhale bend forward from your waist, with a slight bend in your knees. Inhale, half lift, placing your hands on either a block or the floor. Exhale, forward fold again. Inhale, sweeping your arms, out and up lifting your torso and returning to standing position.
This is what you can expect in a vinyasa style class. With the exception of the beginning of class, set intention, and the end, savasana, you will flow from posture to posture.
Add a heated flow to the mix for another boost of sweat and energy flow.