There are plenty of people showing up to yoga classes these days. From the corporate employee to the stay-at-home mom, each yoga class has a different mix of personalities. Even so, there are a few yoga characters you’ll see often during your yoga class. You might not see all of the five people listed below each and every class, but there’s a very, very good chance you’ll encounter at least one or two each session. Continue reading
Think back on the last 24 hours of your life. How much of it were you sitting? Seven hours? Eight? 10? More?
If you’ve followed any news or health outlet in the last few years, you’ve probably heard how bad it is to sit all day. When it comes to the negative health effects of sitting, professionals are calling it the new smoking. Simply put: The negative impacts are bad. Really bad. Continue reading
You’ve probably heard people say that they’ve found exercises you can do anytime, anywhere. Planks, squats and pushups usually top the list. But let’s be honest, can you really do them anytime, any place? Are you going to drop down and do a set of pushups while you’re in line at the grocery store? Probably not. Continue reading
Ready to get your summer started? Between work, baseball practice, graduation parties, BBQs and more, is there really time to fit in exercise? Yes! Yes there is! This fitness challenge is perfect for people who are just starting out on their fitness journey as well as those who are incredibly busy this time of year. Bonus: It’s completely FREE! Continue reading
You’re on the road to a successful, healthy body, and it’s great that you’re getting your regular exercise in. But did you know that confining physical activity only to the time you’re working out can be a major roadblock to reaching your goals? Continue reading
We’ve talked about some of the benefits of yoga before. Feeling better, balancing our body and mind, and becoming more confident about ourselves are just a few of the many, many benefits of practicing yoga. But, let’s address the elephant in the room. Yoga is also about increasing flexibility. In fact, you might join a yoga class just for the flexibility aspect of it. Here are a few key points to remember as you train your body to become more flexible. Continue reading
Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or you’re just starting out, it’s important to remember that yoga is a journey. It’s a twisting a winding road that sometimes leads us to unexpected places – places we never imagined. On this journey, it’s quite possible that what used to work for your body may not work anymore or the reason you originally started practicing is no longer your main concern.
With all this talk about our upcoming open house, we wanted to take a step back and remind people of the benefits of yoga. This post is meant to dispel a few myths:
- I’m too inflexible to practice yoga. This may be the most common excuse not to try a yoga class, even though it’s completely false. The number of people practicing yoga since 2008 has increased by 30 percent. (Which brings the total up to 20.4 million practitioners in the U.S.) Do you think all those people are naturally flexible? Probably not. But are those people practicing to become more flexible? Definitely.
- Yoga is against my religion. Just like everything else in the world has varying shades (from over-the-top serious to obnoxiously goofy), so does yoga. Looking back in history, yoga shares its Vedic roots with Hinduism and Buddhism, and it is true some people incorporate their yoga practices into their personal religious beliefs. It is also true that the majority of people participating in yoga classes today would say their practice is not related to their religious beliefs at all. The long and short of it is: If you want yoga to translate itself into part of your religion, you can. But if you don’t, nobody is going to be standing at the door requiring you to. The yoga studio is for everyone and it can turn into whatever you need it to be on any given day – whether that’s a temple or just an escape from a hectic day.
- Yoga is a sissy workout. Only people who have never tried yoga would say such a thing. Yoga provides a full-body workout that builds muscle, tones and helps slim down. In fact, you can burn anywhere between 100 and 475 calories per class, depending on the style of yoga. It doesn’t take massive dumbbells to build your cardiovascular system or muscles. Take the test: Try to hold your arms out to your side for a few minutes without lowering them. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
There are quite a few myths out there about yoga, but you can cross these three off your list of excuses for not trying a class – at least once. Who knows, you may just fall in love.
One of the great things about yoga is that you can practice without any props or pieces of formal equipment. You aren’t required to use special socks or shoes. No weights, bands or balls are needed. Continue reading