I really should be more careful in my titles, for it is not my intention to alienate Yoga practitioners, or start some sort of Yoga war. That said, Yogata is much better for certain types of people. the classes of student are:
1) Martial arts students
2) Martial arts instructors
3) People who don’t have the time and money
4) People who want a more structured approach
5) People who don’t want to be nibbled to death by well meaning instructors
Let me explain point by point…
Yogata was designed by a martial artist for martial artists. It is aimed at the specific strengths, weaknesses, injuries, and so on that a martial artist might possess. Simply, if you’ve had an injury, and it is time for a little rehabilitation, or if you just want to increase strength the easy way, without suffering the ‘no pain no gain’ mentality, then Yogata was designed specifically for this.
Martial Arts instructors might have a particular interest in this, as doing Yogata before a class is a no injury way to warm up, seek balance and inner calmness, and dedicate yourself to the physical discipline of the martial arts. This is a glove and fist approach that really works.
Personally, I don’t have the couple of hours, let alone the rather exorbitant rates, to travel across town and take an ‘official’ class. Furthermore, I have found most DVDs a bit too specific, a bit lacking in the overall approach, and not really designed for the type of warm up/work out I want to do.
There are a lot of yoga routines, but they either slant one way or another, according to the teachers preferences, or they are aimed towards contortionism, which is a fine subject, but not specific to my tastes. Yogata is a martial arts kata, it moves through the body wholistically, separating it into the major areas which need to be worked on, let letting the person who has the routine down have the freedom to explore.
Again, the word is wholistic. Many well meaning and talented yogis seem to want to take you through endless variations, tweak all the little points, when all I really want is a specific routine which I can practice on my own, which hits the major areas, and allows me freedom to nibble at the minor variations as I wish, on my own time and my own dime.
In conclusion, Yoga is great, but for the reasons above, Yogata is more appropriate for a large variety of people. If you find one of the items listed here applies to you, you might want to visit the Yogata page at Monster Martial Arts.