What's the best type of yoga for advanced yogis?
As I’m sure you already know, there are SO many different types of yoga out there. From Ashtanga to Bikram to Forrest to Yin, each style offers an incredible amount of information for people to learn, beginners and advanced. What I’ve learned throughout my years of teaching and practicing is the importance of expanding one’s mind and exploring all the possibilities that the wonderful world of yoga presents us.
For a while, I was completely stuck in Vinyasa. It was all I did. Yoga in the morning? Vinyasa. In the evening? Vinyasa. Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Vinyasa was all my practice consisted of, and I didn’t really care. I was comfortable in the practice, it made me feel good, and quite honestly, I was great at it.
Somehow, my friend convinced me to try out a Yin class. I was feeling pretty low energy-wise and she said it would help me to get my practice in while treating my body right. Holding deep, more restorative poses for a long time made me so antsy and uncomfortable. The minute the class was over, I realized how much I was hindering my practice by just taking Vinyasa classes.
Now, I try to take as many different classes featuring as many different styles as possible, and I learn something from each and every one of them. To me, THAT is the definition of practicing as an advanced student. There’s no way to “advance” while being stuck in comfort. Taking bits and pieces from different teachers and schools of thought allows us to open our minds and our eyes and become more well-rounded practitioners.
I highly suggest that advanced students check in to beginners' and true alignment-based classes. When we become more proficient in the practice, we often lose touch with the basics of yoga. Beginner’s classes, although they might seem “easy,” will help students of all levels break down proper form, tune back into deep breathing, and ultimately become more intelligent in the postures.