This is a must read if you are new to exercise. What exactly is yoga and what are the benefits?
I’m sure you’ve heard how popular yoga is. The good news is that you don’t even have to go to a class to get benefits from practicing yoga. If you’re like me, you have to consider the cost of all your activities, you can consider a home practice. I guess some people need a group to motivate them, but all you really need is a mat and a little space. Of course, you can have some stretch bands and a block if you want. After years of practice, I have created my own home practice. There are some great videos and music out there. You can even do online classes now.
You don’t need a hot room to practice yoga, but the room should be comfortably warm.
What is the point of yoga?
Yoga means ‘union’ or joining, mainly referring to the body and the mind…and or spirit. Some people have termed yoga as moving meditation because it’s slow and controlled stretching that focuses on specific muscle groups and helps the mind relax. The most common type of yoga is Hatha Yoga. It’s based on traditional yoga. Beware that many yoga classes now include fusion moves and they may be unsafe if you have specific problems with knees or back. Always check out the credentials of the instructors before you plan on taking their classes. The best Yoga book out there is called Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit by Donna Farhi. I believe they use this book for their instructor programs.
The Awesome benefits of yoga
Yoga is a science that incorporates a broad range of moves called Asanas.
Yoga practice improves balance, flexibility, strength, and spine alignment. Yes, it’s great for the core. It’s meant to engage the whole body. Even those confined to a chair can do yoga and prevent that stiff achy feeling we all get sometimes. If you sit all day, yoga is a natural and safe way to limber up the spine and hip area. Hey, it works for me! When I don’t practice yoga for a while I start to stiffen up again, and that lower back pain comes right back. There must be a reason for it being practiced for thousands of years.
If you play sports like tennis, or you run, yoga is a wonderful companion activity to give your muscle groups a break from overuse. Many professional athletes have added yoga to their routines to help reduce their chance of injury. It’s even being used to heal some types of injuries. Most chiropractors feel that yoga is safe but check with yours to make sure.
If you are brand new to yoga practice check out https://www.doyouyoga.com. This is a free site and it explains the best 10 yoga postures for beginning practitioners. Another useful site is Healthway. The site explains the different types of yoga and their purposes.
Practice safe and take it slow and you will reap the benefits.