Check out the guest post I wrote for Jessie here.
And, speaking of guest posts….Super cute Carolyn was nice enough to write one for me while I am away!
Is Yoga Right For Me?
When you are thinking about getting fit and staying in shape, you may be thinking about things like weight lifting and running (makes me winded just thinking about it!), but have you considered taking on yoga? Many dismiss yoga as being for health nuts or for older people, but the truth of the matter is that yoga is a type of exercise that can benefit a wide range of people. Think about what yoga is for, and then think about all the people who can benefit from it.
What Does Yoga Do?
In the first place, yoga emphasizes flexibility. If you are someone who is concentrating on endurance and strength training, you’ll find that flexibility is essential for moving forward. It allows you to keep a full range of motion even when you are intent on making vast changes to your body, and many people realize that it can help them progress in very important ways. Take a moment to think about how much increased flexibility can benefit you in your workout. Similarly, yoga increases your awareness of your body. Because mindfulness is an important part of yoga practice, you will learn how to pay attention to your body and how to understand what it needs from you.
Who Should Try Yoga?
The truth of the matter is that a little bit of yoga practice can help everyone and anyone. For example, if you play a sport, yoga provides you with excellent conditioning. This means that you do not need to worry about being unprepared for your sports-oriented workouts. Glen Axelrod of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center even claims, “Many professional athletic teams use yoga as an integral part of their training.” Many professional athletes use yoga as a warm up and cool down; it gives their bodies a chance to ramp up to more work, and also to calm down after a long time on the field. Yoga is also great for people of all ages. It helps young children develop and keep their flexibility, and it is also wonderful for older people who want to make sure that their bodies stay sound.
How to Get Started
When you are thinking about yoga, remember that you are not going to be called upon to start with anything complicated. You will not have to worry about back bends or anything of that nature. Remember that everyone has to start somewhere! Take a look around at your local gym or health and fitness center. There is bound to be a beginner’s yoga class available. If you are looking for something for your children, you will likely find that there are classes specifically designed to suit young children. Choose a class that sounds like it is designed for someone with your interests. Remember that there are many different types of yoga. Some yoga classes are designed for helping you become more flexible, while some are designed for stamina and even cardiac workouts!
Though you might have the idea that yoga is for someone who isn’t you, the truth is that yoga can be for everyone! Consider what kind of work you want to do on your body and see how yoga can help you do it!
Carolyn Fallon is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness and overall well being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. Check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com!