How to Pick the Right Yoga52 Level for You
Along with giving you the ability to build strength, reduce stress, improve balance, and develop flexibility, one of the key aspects of Openfit’s Yoga52 is that you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a practice. Depending on your yoga skills and experience, you may want to start out at a different level.
Not only does Yoga52 have challenges that help boost your motivation to stay on track, but you can also choose a skill level that feels right for you now and lets you progress. How do you know which level might be the best fit?
We asked Brent Laffoon, Yoga52 teacher and one of the world’s top yoga instructors, to share some insights.
The Best Yoga52 Level for Beginners
There are three levels within Openfit’s Yoga52 program. If you’re new to yoga or you have some experience but want to understand the difficulty before diving in all the way, start with Level 1.
This is also a solid starting point if you’re coming back from an injury or have been doing a faster, power or vinyasa yoga-type practice and want to downshift.
“A wise person once told me, ‘The goal is to be able to come back and practice again tomorrow,'” says Laffoon. “If anything you’re doing in your practice is hindering your ability to practice again the next day, that’s a good indication it’s time to dial it back a little.”
Yoga isn’t a place to give all you’ve got. “If you’re pushing so hard that you’re just getting frustrated, that will inevitably dampen your enthusiasm and possibly cause you to stop practicing altogether,” he adds. “Slow and steady wins the race in yoga.”
The Best Yoga52 Level for Intermediates
If you’d like more of a challenge than the Level 1 classes are providing, it’s likely time to progress to Level 2, or the intermediate level.
Laffoon suggests listening to your intuition to decide the best time to level up. If you’re feeling restless in a Level 1 class or start to adjust the poses to be more challenging, try a Level 2 class to see if it works better.
“If something in you is calling out for more of a challenge, that’s a good indication that you’re ready to spread your wings a little and explore some higher-level classes,” he says. “The good news is, if those classes turn out to be too much for where you are, you can always go back to Level 1 until you’re ready to try again.”
The Best Yoga52 Level for Experts
When it comes to the Yoga52 Level 3 classes, this is where you’ll need expertise built on the foundation of Level 1 and Level 2. If you have experience outside of Yoga52 and want more advanced poses, you can always start here. But it’s often advisable to get at least a few of the Level 2 sessions under your belt first.
“Similar to progressing from Level 1 to Level 2, going from Level 2 to Level 3 is simply a matter of trusting your gut,” says Laffoon. “Once you feel like you’ve got the hang of most of the postures and transitions in the Level 2 classes, that’s a good sign that your body is ready for a little more.”
Your mind might also tip you off that it’s time for a change.
“Once your mind is ready, as well, it’s been my experience that it will let you know,” says Laffoon. “The trick is to listen to it and honor it.”