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Friday, September 26, 2014

Why I Love Yoga

I'm no athlete. I'm actually a big lazy wimp. I hate any activity that requires running or hard objects flying at my face (I've had a few bad experiences). But ever since high school, I realized that I loved yoga. It's helped my neck/back issues, improved my strength, helped me sleep much. So I've decided I had to start talking about it on the blog!

(B working on her downward-facing dog)

I personally believe there is no better work out then yoga. It is good for overall health -- physical and mental. Here is some great information to show how yoga helps battle stress, depression, boost the immune system and the nervous system. From the article, “Yoga balances the body, the hormonal system, and the stress response. People tend to think of yoga as being all about flexibility – it’s not.  It’s about rebalancing and healing the body.”

Here's more information on yoga for health benefits. “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

You don't need to be a pro to do yoga. I'm so far from even half decent. I have atrocious balance. I can get into a pose, but my word, I may struggle to hold it. I've fallen in class more times than I care to admit. I think the biggest fear of starting yoga is that you need to be good at it. Take it from me. You don't.

You also don't need a class. While I prefer attending a class, it's tough if they don't provide care for kids. So I do it mainly at home. I go a couple times a month to a class just to get out and learn something new. There are awesome Apps available and DVDs. I like Mandy Ingber's DVDs. She combines yoga with toning exercises. She gets your heart working!

I know some people might bristle at yoga and immediately think of the religious side -- full of meditation and "Ommmm"ing. Don't let that image deter you. While it can be and is used in some religious settings, many places, especially in America, have adopted it only as a workout routine.

The best part of yoga? At the end is Savasana. It's fabulous. It's basically a short nap. ...It's my favorite pose. If anyone feels like getting me a gift, I could use this Master of Savasana shirt. ;)

So, look out in the future for more information on poses for specific issues! If you have any questions, feel free to ask away.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you completely, it has been known for many years that yoga is very beneficial to stay strong and healthy.
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