So despite what I said in a previous post about mainly doing yin going forward, earlier this week I went to a hot power yoga class in Cape Town for the first time. Never again! The teacher and the class were great, they weren't the problem. I was the problem. With the heat and strong movements, adrenaline kicked in pretty quickly, I was driven more by the rush than I was by the subtle sensations. My ego came out massively, always opting for the most advanced version of the poses, it was self-will rather than willingness. Guided savasanas aren't a thing here, the teacher left straight after the class, leaving it up to the students how long they stayed in savasana. Inevitably 99% of the class had left within the minute. As I lay there, all these criticisms popped up in my head. A hot power yoga class and no savasana! Surely you need at least 10 mins to reset after that kind of class! If I worked at this studio, I wouldn't allow it! Students need to be kept in savasana! Etc etc. Again, more ego. I know best. They have done it wrong. I have the authority to judge what is and is not a 'proper' savasana Gah. 🤦🏼♀️
I don't think one type of yoga is better or worse than another - but in my eyes it comes down to your temperament as an individual. Are you hot headed 🙋🏼♀️ and fast moving 🙋🏼♀️? A hot power yoga class might not be the one for you 🙄. Are you quite rigid in your ways? Maybe go to yin. Are you feeling slow, lethargic, unmotivated? Try a more dynamic class. Yoga is a tool to help you rebalance, don't use it to reinforce your tendencies (or your ego 🙄). Challenge them. Give yourself the opportunity to change.
Again, not saying this to preach. I am the master of repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting a different result. 🙃