Beginner, Intermediate, Level 1, Level 2, Introductory, Gentle, Flow, Slow, Power Yoga? Just what Level and Style of yoga fits you best?
It's sometimes difficult to distinguish between the different levels of yoga at different locations. You might have found yourself questioning as you look at all the classes we offer, as well. Here, at Jim Thorpe Yoga, we have a level and a style of yoga to fit all personalities and bodies.
If there is one thing I've learned from practicing yoga for 16 years, it'sthat we are ALL beginners, in our bodies and in our minds. After practicing various "flow" styles of yoga for years, I went to an "Iyengar" (read: alignment-based yoga) class in an attempt to learn more about yoga and go deeper into my own practice. When I left that class I felt like a beginner, even though I had been practicing for over ten years!
The teacher (Joan White) corrected me in downward facing dog pose. She corrected me just sitting in cross-legged pose! My shoulders weren't back far enough? My chest wasn't lifting? Talk about a complete 180. All previous notions I had about yoga had just been turned upside down, and yet I left that yoga class with a profound experience. I wasn't over-jittery, but I wasn't uber-relaxed either. I actually felt like I was floating. My heart felt like it was
buoyant. My mind had to adjust to coming back to reality after being completely absorbed for probably the first time throughout an ENTIRE yoga class. I mean, there wasn't a moment that my mind wandered. It was too busy focusing on my outer shoulders or my inner heel or my little finger of my left hand.
I look back on that day as the first day I realized that I need to continueto be a beginner every time I step on my mat. Is your Down Dog ever final? Will I ever get my hips completely squared in Warrior 1? So what if I do. But, I know I will be okay if it doesn't happen.
That's what it means to be a beginner. Live in the place where your mind is fresh and open to any possibility. Live with the attitude that anything that happens on your mat today is honest and true and can teach you about yourself, both physically and mentally.
Hi! I'm Maya!
A yoga teacher, juice bar owner, freelance writer and mom. I love simple, tiny living, and am mildly obsessed with vanlife and dogs. I love travel, getting outside, and the challenge of cooking from scratch with a few simple ingredients. Thanks for visiting my site. Feel free to email me with questions, feedback, or to connect in any way!