|My Border Collie, Ben, loves yoga too!|
I have been practicing yoga for over 12 years now and don't know where I would be without it. My first yoga class was held in the hallway of a local high school, metal lockers along the walls, florescent lights, and commercial carpet on the floors. Not exactly the best atmosphere for a yoga class, but it did not keep me from having a life changing experience. After trying my first class, I was hooked line and sinker!
This was a class taught by the city community education. At that time, there were no fancy yoga studios in town and yoga had not yet infiltrated the fitness clubs. I had just been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and my normal physical activities, (running and aerobics) which I loved to do, were not doable because of the extreme fatigue because of low blood counts and other symptoms. I was frighted and anxious and not in a good place emotionally either.
I heard about this class and enrolled by myself, because none of my freinds were ready to do the "mysterious yoga thing" yet. After my first class I immediately felt the benefits of yoga. My husband could also see the benefits and encouraged me to go to my "yogurt class, or whatever it's called." I would return home calm and with a better outlook on life. The knots I had in my neck and shoulders began to dissipate. I was able to exercise and move my body without being fatigued and overwhelmed.
This is why I absolutely LOVE yoga!
BENEFITS OF YOGA
- increases stamina
- builds strength
- improves balance and concentration
- improves circulation
- promotes relaxation
- stimulates and balances internal organs, glands, and muscles
- improves digestion
- releases toxins from your body
- improves bone density
- stimulates the lymphatic system
Even though I have been teaching yoga since 2001, I still love my home practice. It can be challenging to take the time for myself, and just practice for me, but when I do I find myself more grounded for my family and for my yoga students.
I would prefer to take a class in an actual yoga studio with others, but sometimes that is not an option when I have a million other things on my list. So I get out my yoga mat and go to my space. (It's important to find a space in your home that is YOURS just for an hour or so. Free of distractions and quiet). Make it a little ritual, even on some days if it is just sitting for a few minutes, take time to ground yourself and be still.
Throw in a yoga dvd, or stream a class off the internet. I have tried several yoga on-line streaming deals and the one I prefer and have enjoyed is myyogaonline.com. It's only $9.95 a month.! Think about it..........ONE drop in fee for a yoga studio is anywhere from $10 - $15 buckaroos. So, even if you only veiw ONE class during the month, you have paid for your montly fee.
There is such a great variety of classes and information. There are a lot of great yoga instructors. You will find what teachers you prefer and be able to search for all their classes. I love learning new things and this is an awesome place to take a class right in your own home and at your convience.
Check it out here.
People of all ages, abilities, and sizes can do yoga. Don't let yoga intimidate you because you feel you are not flexible enough or too big, or too old, or whatever else your excuse might be. I teach some adaptive yoga classes and there is always some way to modify a pose to make it accessible for you, even if it means going through it in your mind.
So, if you don't have a yoga mat..........go out and get one. They can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Ross and any sports store. TJ Max always have some really nice mats and they are inexpensive.
Find a yoga class, get a video, dvd or check a book out at the library.
Not only you, but those you love and associate with will benefit from YOU doing yoga.
Give it a whirl!
Please feel free to send me a note with any questions or concerns you may have.