3.6.09

New Yoga

This week I tried a new kind of yoga. Okay - new to me. I guess there's no real "new" yoga. Anyway, my Bikram studio owner just opened a Moksha studio. The new studio opened last Monday (with Bikram's knowlege).

I had no idea what the hell Moksha yoga was until a few weeks ago when the announcement about the new studio was made. Even after looking it up, I wasn't entirely sure what it was.

There are 60, 70, and 90 minute classes in a room heated to approximately body temperature and with some humidity. This is appealing to me, because sometimes I wish I could do the Bikram without taking 3 hours out of my day to get it done. My first class was a 90 minute class. The 90 is recommended for beginners because there's more time for explanation and adjustment whereas the 60 is flowier.

There are 40 poses, some of which are the same/similar to Bikram poses and some of which are part of the traditional yoga canon. Unlike Bikram and more like traditional yoga, the poses aren't set in stone and the instructor is free to make substitutions of similar poses and mix up the order somewhat. I haven't done a regular yoga class in many years and I forgot how much I like the variety sometimes. The backbends have a different focus, too, and this makes for a challenge I haven't experience in Bikram for a long time.

Also, there's more ab work in the Moksha class. I appreciate that because I never do a sit-up on my own.

All in all, I enjoy the Moksha a lot. I like feeling like a beginner again, too. As with everything in life, though, you can't get everything in one class. I like the stretching in Bikram. I like that I can sort of blank out because I know the order of the poses so well. So, I'm going to continue to do both kinds and see how that works. If I have to give one up, I will, but I think I can make room for both.

2 comments:

hannahjustbreathe said...

Interesting... I've never heard of this yoga either. Sounds kind of like Baptiste, maybe? In that the heat isn't as intense, you have more of a flow to the poses, and teachers enjoy a little more freedom (in asana order and in modifications)? Have you ever done a Baptiste class??

Will be really interested to hear your thoughts on the varying styles as you keep practicing both. I've long wanted to do a fairly consistent combo of Bikram and Baptiste (for the same reasons you cited), but I just don't have the time or money.

Damn time and money...

Dorothy said...

I've never taken a Baptiste class, but from what I understand it is similar. The only reason I can afford to do both is because my annual membership is good at both studios. We'll see how it goes.