I didn’t discover Yoga or it’s benefits until midlife, but I soon became a convert to the practice. When I think of yoga, I think of incense burning, vegetarians, people who run away to India, chanting ‘Ommmmm” – a little weird, whacky and airy fairy types of things.
I was also sceptical of the physical value of yoga from a legitimate workout point of view. Unless I am huffing and puffing I didn’t think it counted as a workout.
How wrong I was. Being a runner, I wish I had discovered the benefits of doing Yoga and how it can improve your running and should be included as part of your regular workout schedule.
Having a lower back problem for many years, regular stretching and yoga practice has reduced the pain to almost zero. I am feeling much more flexible, agile and stronger.
Yoga can be an intense physical workout and also provides an avenue to clear your mind and centre yourself.
It can be challenging for the beginner as we work out way through our poses. When I first started I didn’t know my ‘downward dog’ from my ‘dolphin pose’, my ‘child’s pose’ from my ‘shavasana’.
But that didn’t matter!
Once I overcame my initial self-consciousness as a beginner I realised that the wonderful part of a yoga practise is that there is no judgement – even from yourself. You do what you can at your own level. You set your intention for the practise and you focus entirely on that.
Yoga is a great workout for all ages, shapes and sizes. It is a great way to compliment your regular exercise and training workouts because of the holistic value in each practise. It helps you to avoid injury by strengthening muscles.
Convinced yet??? Wait there is more…..
Practising regularly provides a total workout for your whole being – physically, mentally and spiritually.
- Improves Flexibility
- Provides Relaxation Techniques
- Heals Aches & Pains
- Builds Core Strength
- Builds Muscle Strength
- Improves Posture
- Has cardiovascular benefits
- Teaches you how to breathe correctly to cope with stress
- Improves Balance
- Improves Sleeping
- Improves Inner Strength
- Reduces Stress & Anxiety
- Improves Self-Esteem
- Helps you to focus
- Provides clarity
- Provides a sense of well-being and calm
Now that you want to try yoga – where should you go?
There are many studios and different forms of yoga. However trying to find one that is right for you may mean trying several studios.
Word of mouth is always the best form of advertising so ask your friends.
Many studios offer discounted classes for a short period so take advantage of these to see if you like it before investing in more expensive classes.
Can’t get to a yoga class? There are many online options available for you to practise yoga in the comfort of your own home.
My friend, Monica Bruno has written a very informative article on how to get a little yoga into your day. I recommend this to you for further information.
Join me for last day ‘Z’ is for Zen – Finding clarity in your life