I have a girlfriend who has a hard time staying active. She’s always loved sports and living an healthy lifestyle. Until recently when she’s developed some serious body pains and found it too painful to workout. As much as she iced and even took medication, the pain was to tough for her to handle and ultimately prevented her from working out.
Reasons Why I Love Yoga
I ran into my friend and she looked great! She was wearing her gym clothes, which leads me to believe she’s working out, and a smile. I asked her how she was feeling and she replied with an enthusiastic “Great”. I was so excited for her and asked what changed? I was under the assumption she maybe had surgery or something serious done to fix her body pains.
She informed me that Yoga saved her active life. My friend began doing yoga a couple months ago and has been hooked ever since. Her body pains are gone and she continues to not only practice yoga, but has since been able to go back to weight lifting.
I was so excited for her. We both share the bond of working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Fitness has become my passion and I know I’d be devastated if something was preventing me to workout like her body pains were doing to her. Yoga has helped her so much and I’m glad this form of exercise was introduced to her in order for her to continue her goals.
We’ve since gone to yoga together a few times. I was introduced to yoga a couple years ago and it was love at first sight. Being a mommy of two, I often get back pain. Picking up Mia all the time and bending over to pick up toys started putting a strain on my lower back. It also prevents me from getting sore days after an intense workout. I like to push my body to the fullest and sometimes my muscles get mad at me. I jump in a yoga class at least once a week just to keep from getting to sore from weight training.
My flexibility had tremendously improved also. I can stretch further and longer than I ever could, even as a teenager. I feel that I get a better overall workout when I go to yoga. My muscles get the nice stretch they crave after a vigorous weight training session. I also have better posture and breath easier.
Here’s What to Expect if You Try Yoga (Which You Should)
- Don’t eat three hours before you plan on going to Yoga. You need to go on an empty stomach to prevent nausea from all the moving around.
- No coffee or tea when practicing Yoga.
- Do not practice Yoga on the plain ground. Use a Yoga mat or if you don’t have one, a think blanket.
- Always wear loose clothing because of all the bending and stretching you will be doing.
- The best time to practice Yoga is in the morning when your mind is the calmest.
- You should wait to eat a half hour after you complete your Yoga exercises.
- Use the restroom and blow your nose before you start Yoga, your body should be as empty as it possibly can to have the most effective workout.
- Begin with easy poses and move on to harder exercises as you stretch, Never jump right into a difficult pose in case of injury.
- Relax for only 10 seconds between each Yoga pose.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is extremely fun and challenging if you take it seriously. The benefits of Yoga are endless and something you should certainly consider when you’re living a healthy lifestyle. Yoga has also been linked to weight loss, not in a way that a cardio workout can, but in a much deeper, emotional way. In Yoga, your body and mind work as one. When your body and mind are working so closely together, you have a better ability to observe and act on what’s happening. Thus, can roll over to your eating and exercise habits. Yoga benefits your muscles as well. When your muscles are strengthened, they grow. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn throughout your day.
Anyone at any fitness level can enjoy and see results. From Yoga beginners to Yoga instructors, everyone is capable of doing Yoga. There are Yoga posses for any level and they give you the ability to obtain the next level of with practice. Yoga is also known to help the pregnancy of a lot of women. Prenatal Yoga helps women breath better and stretch their much needed muscles. Pregnancy can be tough on a woman’s body and Yoga is a great way to help them relieve stress.
Give Yoga a try, you’ll find it not only helps you physically, but gives you a great sense of mental clarity. Try this: Keep a Yoga journal and record all the posses you do each day. Some can be difficult, so work your way up to the more advanced ones. By keeping track of the posses you can do, you can always have a new goal and keep advancing further day by day.