When I work out, I work out hard. At the end of a session I’m sweaty, I’m hot, I’m tired and I’m accomplished. But there are days that I want (and need) to slow things down, take a break, stretch out my body and muscles…and Yoga is the perfect way for me to do that.
I started off long ago with a beginner’s Yoga. And I hated it. I didn’t feel like I’d accomplished much and I was disappointed. But over time I’ve tried different at-home Yoga videos (finding a class that fits into my schedule is ridiculously hard – most classes I’ve found so far are mid-morning and, like most people I know, I work during the day) and I have come to love them. P90X Yoga and Jillian Michaels are two of my favorites (to be honest, I prefer Jillian’s over Tony’s) and YouTube is a great source of videos when I want a longer workout or to switch it up a bit.
Here are just some of the benefits of Yoga:
Yoga is extremely effective in:
- Increasing Flexibility – Yoga has positions that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really on the ‘radar screen’ let alone exercised.
- Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons – likewise, the well-researched yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body. Surprisingly it has been found that the body which may have been quite rigid starts experiencing a remarkable flexibility in even those parts which have not been consciously work upon. Why? It is here that the remarkable research behind yoga positions proves its mettle. Seemingly unrelated “non strenuous” yoga positions act upon certain parts of the body in an interrelated manner. When done together, they work in harmony to create a situation where flexibility is attained relatively easily.
- Massaging of ALL Organs of the Body – Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner, including those – such as the prostate – that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime. Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.
- Complete Detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.
- Excellent toning of the muscles – Muscles that have become flaccid, weak or slothy are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess flab and flaccidity.
I am now incorporating Yoga into my exercise schedule a few times a week. Some days I’ll follow a regular workout with a Yoga workout but at least one day a week I try to restrict my regime to just the Yoga. Because I’ve found videos that are a higher intensity but stretch out and relax my muscles I’m still working up a sweat and feel invigorated and accomplished when I’ve completed my dose of Yoga. One of my goals has been to increase my flexibility (high heels are killer on your calf muscles) and I’m (slowly) getting there.
I recommend Yoga to everyone. I’ve been preaching on it for a long time – mostly to my friends and my boyfriend. It’s highly addictive. Start off slow. Find a program that you enjoy and work with it. If you get bored, move on to something new and different and that you’re comfortable with.
Click Here for some Yoga poses for beginners. Check out YouTube – or, if you’re fortunate enough to, definitely hit a Yoga class. And enjoy.