I just wanted to begin another thread on this topic. I've been using yoga more for getting really focused in my life, as my mind often zips all over the place with so many things to do and not enough hours in the day to do them all.
The type of Yoga I like best is Yin, which is a restorative yoga that really gets deep into opening up the various muscle areas in your body. You hold the poses for a fairly long time, like 3-5 minutes.
The other yoga classes I've done are more a flow type classes that move along. Yin is very the opposite and it takes concentration to be able to get in and hold those poses for that long. I'm learning to keep my mind centered and still, which is a great challenge as often I come in from the outside with lots of things on my mind.
I do yin once a week. I also do a flow yoga, which could be like a vinyasa type yoga and then an athletic yoga, which is maybe a cross between hatha and vinyasa. They are not my preference, but it's in a more private studio where there are usually just me or maybe a few other students and the instructor.
I'm so proud that last Friday I was able to get deeper in a one of my least favorite poses. This has eluded me for nearly 3 yrs to get this deep, which for many people, it's not a problem.
The instructor that now teaches my yoga classes is fairly new to teaching and I've had to get over the fact the former teacher is no longer teaching at where I have my classes, and learn to accept this new instructor. My prior instructor was PERFECT.
It's taken quite a few weeks for me to adjust, but I think I'm liking this new person. He is also the first male yoga instructor I've ever had. I'm starting to be more consistent and seeing the benefits of consistency.