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.
There’s a saying in the yoga community, “Yoga is not a workout, it’s a work in.” But what exactly does this mean?
There are many poses in yoga that are designed to invigorate the body and mind. Many poses awaken the body so practitioners can make that mind-body connection through vigorously physical movements. While many poses and sequences of poses can help with this awakening, there are others that are designed specifically to allow the body and the mind to begin to quiet and calm down. It is in these poses that we create sequences for bedtime yoga. Continue reading
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.
Yoga is supposed to be about giving your body what it needs without any high-impact movements. It’s about giving you what you need in any given moment. It’s about stretching and strengthening in ways that make us feel good and empowered. Continue reading
There are several things to keep in mind while practicing yoga. Some of the following guidelines relate to things outside your practice, but take note that the majority deal with respecting your body and your practice. That means they are all well within your control. Continue reading
Practicing yoga is a physical and emotional feat that takes time and effort to master. The good news is you don’t have to be an advanced or expert student to get the benefits of yoga. No matter where you are on your path to mastery, the benefits of yoga are vast and far-reaching. Below are three ways yoga can positively impact our lives. Continue reading
Here is a 10-minute video you can enjoy at any time. Since it’s all done on the ground (no standing necessary!) this one is especially good for those days your legs feel a bit sore or your ankles need a little break.
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.