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The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Cover Story - WHAT’S IN A YOGA CLASS? KNOW YOUR NIDRA FROM YOUR KUN­DALINI ALINI

Gen­tly cleanse with healthy meals or do a more in­tense juice fast along­side twice- Don’t be over­whelmed by the in­creas­ing range of yoga “styles” out there – in essence, the yoga that most peo­ple in the West prac­tice in one form or an­other is raja, the yoga of phys­i­cal and men­tal con­trol. Most yoga hol­i­days fea­ture a 1½ to two-hour en­er­gis­ing and strength­en­ing morn­ing class, and a 1½ to two-hour late af­ter­noon class to re­lax, re­lease and re­store you. The first is usu­ally based on a vinyasa or ash­tanga flow of asanas (pos­tures), while the sec­ond is a qui­eter, slower, of­ten yin-based ses­sion. Some classes will also in­clude pranayama (breath­ing ex­er­cises), med­i­ta­tion, group chant­ing, some yo­gic phi­los­o­phy and yoga nidra (an ef­fec­tive, guided deep re­lax­ation). If a hol­i­day is billed as hav­ing a more un­usual yoga style, such as ji­va­mukti (which is very strong) or kun­dalini (based on repet­i­tive move­ments), it’s best to try out a class be­fore com­mit­ting. Thee best teach­er­sach­ers will be skilledilled at teachin­gach­ing mixed classes,asses, chal­leng­ing al­leng­ing thoseose who al­readyeady have theireir own prac­tice­ac­tice and sup­port­ing pport­ing thoseose who have on­lyly just be­gun. If you’re a to­tal be­gin­ner,gin­ner, try out a class­lass so you can gras­pasp some ba­sics andd get the most outt of your week.

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