which system is best?

February 5, 2008 9:57am CST
I have only ever done iyengar yoga, so I was wondering if anyone has tried other forms and what they are like? I am quite happy doing iyengar as I feel it gives me everything I need but I am also curious about the other types.
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@nancyrowina (3850)
5 Feb 08
I do ashtanga yoga which is good if you want to have a work out as you do a sequence of poses one after the other in quick succession which increases your heart rate. I've never done any other kinds of Yoga either so I don't know how it compares to them, I got it from the second Geri Haliwell Yoga DVD called "Geribody Yoga". The real yoga expert on it is a woman called Katie Appleton who's very good and they don't let Geri waffle on as much as she did in the first one so it's better.
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6 Feb 08
I always thought ashtanga would be a bit too physical for me, although you do get the added benefit of burning up calories hmmm. I quite like the long holding of poses as you can really feel the muscles relax and lengthen and I'm also very lazy :)
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6 Feb 08
There's one called the "inverted V" or "Downward dog" that's a real killer, I've never been able to get my feet flat on the ground while doing it, I always stop after doing it for about 4 days in a row. If I could keep it up I'd be able too, but It's really hard to get an hour where no one rings my door bell or needs to use the living room every day.
7 Feb 08
Yip I know that, it's called dog down in iyengar, apart from practising I can't think of a way for you to get your feet flat as the back leg muscles need to lengthen for that to happen. In iyengar there are is a sequence of poses called salute to the sun, is there anything called that in ashtanga? just because dog down is in that.
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• India
28 Sep 10
well i think iyengar yoga is the most scientific approach to the subject of yoga, the other lack that depth. i did try other teachers, though not any particulat style, iyengar yoga has been impeccable.