What To Expect at a Yoga Festival

When people talk about yoga festivals, several things come immediately to mind. Images of hippies in flowing skirts sitting in a circle the grass and meditating might be one of them. These kinds of stereotypes may scare you away from the idea of attending a yoga festival, or make you sign up, but the truth is that yoga festivals are not what you expect.

You Don’t Have to Be a Yogi

Whether you are a diehard yoga addict or a casual fan, yoga festivals welcome all types and everything in between. You don’t have to be thin, enormously fit, or be able to wrap your legs around your ears. You just need to be curious, open minded, and interested in yoga and what it can do for your life.

They do have yoga classes throughout the festivals, but the instructors are well trained and will modify poses for the less flexible. The key thing to remember is that no one is there to judge you. Everyone is there to learn, connect, and share an important part of their lives. If you go in with that expectation, you’ll have an enjoyable time.

 

Spirituality Isn’t a Prerequisite

Some people use yoga as a way to connect to a higher power or express their religious beliefs. However, other people just believe it’s a comfortable and effective form of movement and exercise. Either way of thinking is fine; you don’t have to believe to go to a festival and anyone who is, is missing the point.

 

It Isn’t About Your Clothes

People seem to think that they must dress a certain way at a yoga festival, whether it is to express their themselves to their group or to show off their outfit. But yoga isn’t a fashion show and the festivals are no different. Dress in comfortable clothes you can move in. There are usually a lot of yoga classes you can attend, and you need to be able to stretch and move and that’s it.

 

Community Building

One stereotype about yoga festivals is absolutely right. It is about community. It is about connecting with people who are like you, who enjoy something that you enjoy in beautiful surroundings. For people who are in the business, it is also about networking and meeting others in their field who are doing new and exciting things with their brands. The whole experience is not about judging or excluding, it is about building a community on whatever level, and in whatever way you want to connect without judgement.

Going to a yoga festival is a chance to explore yoga in lovely surroundings with a group of like-minded people. Other than that, it can be whatever you want it to be. You can take several classes and tire yourself out or just wander around watching people do aerial yoga. Whichever experience you want, it’s entirely up to you, just leave your fears and judgements behind and enjoy.

 

Top 10 Yoga Styles

There are so many different styles of yoga, that it can be very hard to choose the right one. Yoga is a beautiful addition to an everyday routine. It is important to pick the right form of yoga to achieve specific goals and desires. Here are the top ten yoga styles and a description of the benefits that each practice achieves.

  1. Ashtanga is a sequence style yoga that links each movement to a breath. It includes six established pose sequences that are practiced sequentially. This style of yoga moves rapidly and is nonstop. This practice is designed to center the mind and control breath flow while enhancing flexibility and strength throughout the body.
  2. Bikram/Hot yoga is practiced in a 95 to 100 degree heated room. It is a very sweaty and challenging form of yoga. Bikram includes a series of 26 basic yoga poses that are each performed twice. The heat aids in flexibility and detoxes the body during practice.
  3. Hatha is defined as a physical yoga practice. Any type of yoga that incorporates poses can be classified as hatha. It is a basic and classic approach to breathing exercises and poses.
  4. Iyengar/Anusara is a restriction free form of yoga. Its goal is to be accepting. Students are pushed to express themselves through the poses in their own ways instead of fitting into the standard positions. No two people are the same so no two poses should be done the same.
  5. Kundalini is a spiritual and philosophical approach to yoga. It focuses on bringing energy to the body while using breathing techniques to keep the body grounded.
  6. Kripalu is a gentle form of yoga that incorporates three parts. These three parts are know, accept, and learn. This form of yoga concentrates on how the body works in different poses and lets the body be the teacher. Its focus is to get in touch with the body.
  7. Power yoga incorporates every muscle in the body and promotes a faster metabolism. Its goal is to create the highest caloric burn. It is a very athletic style of yoga.
  8. Prenatal yoga is geared towards pregnant women. It helps to improve posture, core strength, and breathing technique while also trying to relieve pregnancy related discomforts. It is a very safe way for pregnant women to stay in shape during pregnancy.
  9. Restorative yoga is a soothing and relaxing form of yoga. It focuses of rejuvenating the body. There are as few as 5 poses completed during a class because it focuses on relaxing into the poses rather than rushing through them.
  10. Vinyasa centralizes poses around the sun salutation and maintains breathing to synchronize to 12 different poses. This is the friendliest form of yoga for beginners. It focuses on strengthening the core and creating a connection between movement and breathing. The class usually ends in the resting pose of savasana.

With so many different kinds of yoga it can be easy to get overwhelmed and give up. There is a yoga style for everyone. It can be anywhere from slow and relaxing like restorative yoga to fast paced and upbeat like power yoga. Yoga is for everyone!