I Do Yoga. And No, I’m Not Trendy.Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:01 am
I avoided yoga for a long time. It seemed like a fitness fad that people just did so they could say, “Oh, yeah, I do yoga.” Hair flip. Hair flip. How chic of them right? And it didn’t seem like a “real” workout to me. Well after working at a studio that offers warm yoga and hot yoga, I figured I’d better take a few classes so that I could tell my clients about them. GAME CHANGER, y’all. I will forever be a pro-yoga. I try to take yoga (or at least do it at home) once a week, minimum.
Ever since I’ve started doing yoga regularly, my performance in other parts of fitness has improved. The one thing I’ve noticed the most is that I am able to control my breathing WAY more during cardio. I’m also aware of keeping my core engaged in almost any exercise that I do.
2. Helps your body recover.
I’m speaking from experience here. I usually do high intensity workouts. I put my body through a lot. Doing yoga helps stretch my muscles and makes recovery way faster/less painful.
3. Protects you from injury.
Stretching regularly lowers your chance for injuring your muscles. Just like anything else, you have to take care of your muscles so that they are able to function to the best of their ability. You shouldn’t just jump into an intense workout without some type of warm up. Yoga is like maintenance for your muscles. It keeps them strong and lean.
4. Better flexibility/posture.
I’ve had many people comment on my good posture since I’ve started doing yoga. I catch myself constantly checking to make sure that my shoulders are back and down. Oh and my flexibility has definitely improved…I’ll just leave it at that.
5. The 5 minutes of relaxation is totally worth it.
Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t have a quiet 5-minute period throughout our day. Between phone calls, text messages, emails, Facebook notifications there is no OFF time. The last few minutes of yoga is spent in a state of pure relaxation. Which is totally refreshing.
So here’s the deal: you don’t have to be flexible to START doing yoga. Hello, yoga helps with flexibility! The instructors always give modifications if there is a move that you can’t quite do all the way yet.
It’s been so fun seeing how much I’ve grown in such a short time. I’m able to do poses that I never thought I would be able to do (read: crow).
If you’re scared/intimidated by yoga, don’t be! Just give it a try! The benefits are so worth it. Promise!
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