I'll be finishing up my first quarter of ballet soon, but I feel like I could benefit from taking the class over again. I also am interested in trying Hatha yoga for the first time! Unfortunately due to my work schedule, I can only pick one. Does anyone have any advice or opinions? Which gives a better work out? Which is more fun? :) I've done Vinyasa yoga and I LOVE it, but I find that slower yoga just makes me sleepy and I get kind of bored. I like to get energized by my workouts, not more relaxed! I don't know anything about Hatha. Does anyone out there love it?
Hatha is really just a broad term for non-trademarked yoga. It can mean very different things. Usually there is a mix of movement, breath work and meditation. But how that plays out can very from teacher to teacher. You could find a teacher who leans more towards the vinyasa flow style, or more towards a gentle meditative side. If you shop around you should be able to find a teacher that fits your style.
Ballet will give your hooping more dance inspiration, turns, arms, leg work, etc. And yoga will give you a deeper inner connection to the hoop, helping with flow and transitions. Both would give you strength and flexibility. So it really depends on which draws you in more. As a yoga teacher myself... I can't say enough about what else yoga will bring to your life, but it really comes down to the reason you want to take a class. <3
If you are taking a yoga course in college, most likely it will be a mix of basic poses, flow, and savasana/meditation. When I took my first yoga classes as a physical education credit in college, that was pretty much the set-up. I am totally glad that I did!! It has totally changed my life.
Now, I would recommend taking the yoga class since you just got done taking ballet, especially if the yoga course is a 3x a week class. That is how mine was and it is a totally awesome deal, monetarily, for the price of most college courses for a 3x a week class.
You can always find out the teacher's email address and contact them directly to see what kind of class they will be doing. That way you know if they are going to present it more vinyasa style vs a yin or meditative style, it will be something you will enjoy.
I agree with what Lulu said two about what each practice will bring to your hoop dancing. Hope that helps.
Thank you so much! Those are all really good points. Sadly it's only 2 days a week, but it's for two hours per session, so maybe it evens out? I think I will contact the teacher and ask...thanks again!!
Oh man that's two votes for yoga and two votes for ballet. And you all have amazing points!!
Although I was talking to my boss, and I think I may not be able to take either at all if I want a promotion. :C Maybe I'll just have to practice what I've learned in ballet on my own and self-teach yoga...
There are a TON of podcasts online and even websites that you can sign up for and pay like $20 a month with unlimited free yoga classes.
I would recommend taking a few yoga classes prior to studying on your own so that you can get comfortable with the alignment. That is how a lot of injuries occur in yoga is practicing without good alignment. After a couple classes with a good teacher, you'll be fine.
Some great podcasts: yoga download, Sofi Dillof's Jivamukti Yoga (hardcore workout and I love Jivamukti!! Her voice is a very soothing guide, too), yoga today, yoga journal, grace yoga, yoga to the people (power yoga).
Online classes: yogaglo.com, yoga journal's live mag (yogajournal.com/livemag), yogadownload.com (for extended classes from the above podcast), gaiam has some online classes
Ballet! Ballet will give you everything Hatha yoga can and more. If you want a better connection with your body, mind, and hoop, I'd go with ballet. I have been taking ballet on and off since I could stand. Ballet will give you a fabulous work out. There are drop-in classes everywhere, you just need to look around. If you choose to go with ballet, make sure you choose a reputable studio. There are many out there that have no business teaching ballet at all. Ballet will give you structure and make you think about every single inch of your body. You can do yoga on your own where ballet is really something that you should have an education person teaching you and correcting every movement and position. It really is the only way to learn it properly and get everything out of it. hope this helps!