The Best Yoga Style for Every Fitness Personality
You probably already know that yoga can relieve stress and help improve your mental health. You may even have heard yoga can help you beat PMS. Or you could be tapping into yoga to help you sleep better, enhance your flexibility or just make you a more zen person overall. But let’s be real, not all yoga classes are for everyone, and even hardcore yogis get in ruts with their practice. So whether you’re new to yoga and looking to find a match made in downward dog heaven, or just looking to bust out of your go-to Tuesday 6pm Vinyasa class, here are the best options for these six common fitness personalities.
1. If you’re feeling super-stressed out all the time. You even have to pencil in “run to the ATM” on your schedule.
Try restorative yoga: This gentle yoga practice focuses on breath work and simple, healing poses. You may think you don’t have time to even take a yoga class in between work and your social life, but once you’re on the mat, watch as the pace of life slows down before your eyes and you become more in touch with your inner self.
2. If you’re big into weightlifting. You’re looking for a yoga experience that enhances your muscular strength, but still gives you a dose of zen.
Try TRX for Yoga: This hot, new yoga style is popping up at studios across the country, and you can also access videos online. Using the popular TRX bands, you can enhance your yoga postures and dive deeper into moves like Warrior II, or even use the bands to support you while you try poses you can’t typically hold, like a back bend or headstand.
3. If you’re hoping to break a sweat while you flow. You’re not just looking for calm; you’re craving a workout with your zen.
Try Vinyasa yoga: Katy Perry. Justin Timberlake. A Beach Boys throwback or two. Nope, you’re not at a summer barbecue (yet!). At a power yoga or Vinyasa class, you can often expect upbeat tunes, fun vibes and a seriously sweaty sesh. You’ll be doing a lot of chaturangas (the flow sequence) and downward dogs, as you focus on maintaining a steady breath, targeting various muscle groups like your core and glutes and feeding off the positive energy of your classmates.
4. If you’re pretty much doing it as a social thing. Your friend invited you to brunch Sunday, but suggests heading to a yoga class together first. Sound familiar?
Try Hatha yoga: If you’re totally new to yoga and basically just in it for the post-class fun with friends, you may be surprised to learn that Hatha yoga is your jam. Hatha refers to any kind of class that’s a mix of breathing and holding postures (yogis call them “asanas”) and are great introductory classes. You’ll focus on maintaining balance, enhancing your posture, reaching beyond your current flexibility and breath work — all the while getting an awesome taste of why your friends are #yogaeverydamnday groupies.
5. If you’re looking for a break from worrying. Did I send that email to my boss? Did I book the same flights as the rest of the gals going to the bachelorette party? Is my dentist appointment the same time I’m supposed to meet my old boss for coffee? You just need the worry cycle to stop for a while.
Try Bikram yoga: Spending 90 minutes in 105-degree heat, committing to the same sequence of 26 postures every time, is a magical experience for newbies and seasoned yogis alike. The heat will seriously force your brain to turn off, as you devote your energy and mental strength to holding each posture. P.S.: Post-workout coconut water never tasted so good.
6. If you’re sick of dinner-and-a-movie date nights with your boo. And maybe your fitness routine could use a recharge too.
Try partner yoga: More and more studios are offering partner yoga as a way to reconnect emotionally and physically with your sweetie. These classes tend to swap more difficult, acrobatic poses (don’t worry, you won’t be handstanding over your boo’s shoulders) for simple, streamlined postures focusing on alignment and deep stretching, where one person uses the other to anchor and intensify their pose.
7. If you’re aseasoned yogi looking to take your love for the practice to the next level.
Try a yoga retreat: Pack your bags and book a ticket for namaste-infused beaches, restorative hikes (yoga on a mountaintop? Don’t mind if we do) and even SUP yoga as you eagle pose and handstand your way to clarity. There’s a nearly endless array of options and countless price points (just check out BookYogaRetreats.com or google “yoga retreats [insert location here]”). Planning a bachelorette party and want to fit in a little flow sequence? There’s even Brides Love Yoga for that, where you can work with their team to customize packages and retreats (you had us at wishboat lighting).
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)