Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hatha or Vinyasa? That is the question.

I returned from Mexico, gung-ho about yoga. Stretching your hamstrings in a palapa overlooking the Pacific Ocean will do that to you. So, I dug out my old yoga DVDs and signed up for membership in a local yoga studio, where I took my first 'vinyasa flow' class the other night. Wow! It was a whole lot different - and more strenuous - than what I did up in that palapa. Turns out, I was doing Hatha yoga in Mexico which is a whole 'nother animal than Vinyasa. Here's a good explanation of the latter.  The hubs says I prefer Hatha because I can show off better in class. (I was born limber and can do freakish things with my limbs...when properly warmed up.) In fact, my jury is still out while I explore both styles - not to mention Bikram, which I might try this weekend.  However, I'm convinced that yoga is the way to go if you want a multi-purpose workout for strength, flexibility and balance training. I'm just sad it's taken me so long to hop on the train. Ommmmm.

3 comments:

Amy Hagerup said...

Well, both of those are new words to me. LOL. But I do know about yoga. Sounds like you are really, really limber. Good for you! I do enjoy exercise but haven't gotten to that limber state that you are at.

Cathy Hamilton said...

Amy, I really was born that way...double-jointed, almost. On Civvies Day in high school, when we could wear pants instead of our uniform skirts, I would put both feet behind my head and my friends would roll me down the locker hall like a wagon wheel. (I tell this story a lot; kind of a 'claim to fame' thing.) Yoga may be the only form of exercise in which I excel, though I take no credit for it.

Carol Starr Schneider said...

Who knew you were double-jointed?! I can't wait for a demonstration next time I see you. By the way, you look truly limber in the accompanying photo. Nicely done, kins.