Summary: Explore the article to know more about easy and advanced yoga and the difference between them.
In this contemporary world of today, the lifestyle we are living is packed with certain physical and mental issues like stress, anxiety, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, heart conditions, etc. To deal with these ailments, yoga proves to be the best, effective, and natural way. Yoga asanas, meditation, pranayama, relaxation therapies, etc., together perform wonders for the physical, mental, and spiritual health.
To begin with the yoga practice, you need to be aware of the class level. Yoga class incorporates three levels — beginner, intermediate and advanced. At a yoga teacher training, a student starts with the easy level and evolves to the advanced level. Discussing easy yoga and advanced yoga, let’s know the difference between the both.
What is easy yoga?
Easy Yoga (or beginner level yoga) is the starting point towards the amazing journey of yoga. Beginner yoga is designed for those who are new and have no prior experience of yoga, but they want to learn about this therapeutic practice. The students need direction that is slow paced and deep details of the yoga pose and breathing techniques.
What is advanced yoga?
Advanced level yoga class is for those yogis who have a solid understanding of basic postures and is all set to learn about high-level and advanced poses. They practice yoga religiously and improvise the breathing techniques to form a stronger connection between their breath and movement.
The difference between easy and advanced yoga:
Beginner classes conduct gentle and progressive series of yoga practice that explores the basic fundamentals of yoga, breath awareness, concentration, and relaxation. At an easy yoga class or even at yoga teacher training, we learn about yoga asanas, how to adapt those asanas, breath awareness, and how to build flexibility, strength, and stamina.
Advanced yogis are experienced practitioners. The physical intensity is stronger at this level and an advanced practitioner is always ready to add more challenging poses, flows, and breathing practice at this level. The pace is more intense while they learn to facilitate deeper self-awareness, concentration, and focus.
Intensity is defined as the pushing of your limits to unwind yourself. It depends on how much of a hardcore practice you want to do for better benefits. Easy yoga class is of low intensity and designed to soothe, relax, and let go of tension and stress. Whereas, the advanced level class is about powerful workout session and is designed to perform complex postures. At an advanced level, yogis also delve deeper into the spirituality.
Yoga comes in various styles and these styles consist of various poses or asanas. A yoga teacher makes you learn about these styles according to your class level. At the beginner level, you tend to learn various yoga styles like Hatha, Ashtanga, etc., with the easy poses, whereas at an advanced level, you got to learn the advanced and modified version of yoga styles and asanas. According to styles, yoga poses or asanas also vary from beginner level yoga to advanced.
Pranayama is an integral part of the yoga practice and it is important to link the breath with the body movements to master the art of yoga practice. Like yoga styles and postures, Pranayama or breathing technique practices and awareness varies from easy level to advanced. At the beginner level, you learn about the various breathing techniques and gradually become perfect till you reach the advanced level.
Alignment is an accurate way in which your body should be placed in every yoga asana in order to attain the maximum benefits from that asana. Proper alignment means an increased flexibility, strength, and zero injuries. Correct alignment improves energy flow, circulation, and leads to a healthy being. At easy yoga class, you learn slow and deep alignment practice so that you perfect each of your poses till you reach the advanced level.
Modification of poses is majorly taught and understood at an advanced level only, as the advanced yogis are more evolved in their yoga practice. They are well aware of their body and have a deep knowledge of how yoga poses affect their body. And according to their body’s need, they tend to modify the poses. Whereas basic level students learn to perform the pre-designed series and initial asanas, taught by their instructors.
Yoga is the practice to learn with patience, compassion, at ease, and be consistent. Yoga at beginner level is way different from the advanced. But with time and rigorous practice, you achieve the desired goals.