What kind of yoga do you do? My personal favorite is Bikram yoga. In recent years Bikram's become pretty controversial for whatever reason, but I've been practicing for nine years now and I can definitely feel it when I'm "off" yoga vs. when I'm "on". I've found that doing yoga without the heat doesn't have the same impact for me. That being said, I've been kind of a yoga purist and haven't strayed too far out of the shadow of the heated room, so I'd love to hear what you do and why you love it!
I mostly partake in ashtanga primary series/vinyasa flow. I find that because the practice is so intense, that I build up enough inner heat to satisfy me. I did a lot of hot yoga last year after I had my ankle injury-it helped loosen things up, and the practice is usually not as intense as primary. I do really enjoy yin yoga-but my studio only offers it once a week and I usually can't go. My goal is to start a steady mysore practice. I always like to do things to the extreme-and this is why I like ashtanga. When I used to do more dance-I did Russian technique ballet classes, because they were also on the extreme. I love my studio because my teachers always do great neck massages and adjustments at the start of sivassana (sp?) and use essential oils like peppermint on your neck. Because of that, I always carry around peppermint oil in my bag and use it when I need to feel better mentally.
Ashtanga addict, all the way! I, too, mostly focus on the Primary Series and have not ventured too far into Bikram or any hot room yoga so far. Although I have really begun to appreciate Forrest yoga as well lately. Both practices bring me to a place of focus and build a lot of strength-- but through different techniques. And I think the constant flow of Ashtanga is what I like most about it!
One of my goals for the year is also to begin a regular Mysore practice. I know it can take years to build a steady routine, but I look at yoga as a lifetime journey, and suddenly a few years doesn't seem so long :)
My studio is starting a Mysore challange this month. 28 days of Mysore, following traditional practices. So-6 days of early Mysore with Sat. off. I can't do it though because I start work at 8:30 am. But I might do drop-ins on sundays and wed when I start work later. I've been to a few Mysore classes and I know I can do them-I just need to step up to the challenge! It's more of a mental block I think.
i love jivamukti yoga. the first time i tried, man, was it extreme. after i started practicing more, though, it was a little less intense. nothing has ever beat a jivamukti class, not even a hot yoga class. the fact that a typical jivamukti class includes chanting, pranayam, sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses, inversions, and philosophy really hooked me. i really like that every class is so different and diverse, but also follows some sort of pattern. even though most jivamukti teachers vividly express the need to be vegetarian, i havent let this hold me back from enjoying the jivamukti style. for more information go to jivamuktiyoga.com (sharon gannon and david lifes- the creators of jivamukti- website) or on itunes sofi dillof's podcast is awesome and offers a 90+ minutes class every month on whatever the focus of the month is.
I do Yoga EVERYDAY. Every since my teacher training, it's has been a life changing experience that has effected every aspect of my life for the better. I've been doing an ecletic style of yoga for 3 years now. Mixing Hatha, Ashtanga and vinyasa. I got my certification in Hatha yoga end of 2009. I do think that Hot Yoga has it's dangers and is not for me personally and that the HEAT should come from within. But to each their own, others have told me that the heat helps loosen tight muscles, but it also increases the chances of pulling or tearing as well. In anycase, I don't think there is a right or wrong style. I think what really matters is to be mindful, whatever preference of style you choose to practice.
Me personally, i like mixing it up. So some days i enjoy Hatha for meditational purposes or when i want to deepen a pose. then there are some days i practice vinyasa and ashtanga primary series - (mysore? - i got a Kino McGregor dvd, which is FANTASTIC) for when i want a good workout and detoxing or when i just have too much energy. :)
My favorite style of Yoga is Power Yoga but lately i have been doing quite a bit of Yin Yoga. I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for 2 years. I think hooping and yoga is like moving mediation:)
I love vinyasa yoga. But I start my day with a quick sequence of my own and end the day with a another longer sequence. More hatha for those two. I don't go to a yoga class but do it at home, through online videos. For yoga month, September, myyogaonline.com is offering free videos. But I think the $11 CDN a month is a total steal!
But I recently discovered kundalini yoga. Much more energetic and I felt awesome after. So I have been investigating that more. Its all about chakras and energy.
I'm into Astanga! I tried so many different styles, hatha, kundalini, integral, bikram, power and astanga. Nothing beats astanga yoga for me so far, even though I am always open to try new styles. Actually, I approach to every new teacher and style with so much enthusiasm and curiosity that I am just sad we don't have that many schools here in Rome.