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5 people you’ll see in yoga class

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

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Embarrassing yoga experiences you’ll have

Yoga is great stress reliever. It’s a calorie burner. And it’s a great opportunity for you to get in touch with your inner self. But … yoga can also be embarrassing. There are plenty of things that could potentially go wrong in class to give you momentary embarrassment, but in the long run aren’t a big deal. I have definitely my fair share of embarrassing yoga moments, but I’ve survived to tell the tales. Here are just a few awkward things that will probably happen to you at some point or another if you continue to practice yoga. Continue reading

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Combating discomfort: 4 poses for back pain relief

There are multiple causes for back pain. Knowing the reason behind your discomfort is the best way to get to the source for treatment. If you’re not sure what the reason for your tension is but you need back pain relief now, here are three poses to help you release tension. Continue reading

Styles of yoga are not one-size-fits all

Let’s be real and tell the truth. Yoga is not a one-size-fits-all work-in. Firelog

Don’t freak out. Anyone (yes, anyone!) can do yoga. It’s just a matter of which style of yoga they choose to do. Just like there are many options when it comes to choosing a group fitness class (Zumba anyone!), you get a variety when you’re choosing a yoga class. Continue reading

Getting bendy: Yoga for flexibility

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

How do you get your yoga practice on?

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. outdoor yoga practice by Jean Herrique Wichinoski via Flikr

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Should I practice yoga at work?

Have you ever said any of these things to yourself or the people close to you?:

  • I just don’t have enough time to work out.
  • I am constantly stressed at work.
  • Sometimes, I just need a few minutes for myself.
  • I want to build my strength, flexibility and/or posture.
  • My body aches from sitting all day.
  • Without a boost of caffeine (i.e. coffee), I can’t make it through the day.

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Dispelling the top 3 myths of practicing yoga

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Your first yoga props

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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