It multitasks, its preventative, and it plays well with all other sports.
I'm not an accomplished athlete. I'm actually kind of clumsy and have never had great balance or flexibilty. I've been moderatly active, most of my life, and I eat pretty well, so I feel good most of the time.
But I've never done a Triathalon, a marathon, played adult league sports, or stuck with any kind of set fitness routine for several weeks at a time. I've tried a lot of different stuff. YouTube fitness videos are like nirvana for me, you can literally do a different workout every day, probably for 100 years, given how many videos are out there now!
Not that I recommend hopping around that much. I have found that through years of fitness infidelity, I do return home to my 2 steadies - yoga and body weight routines.
They are the baseline that allows me to do the other things - run once in awhile, bike, pump iron sort of, climb pyramids, schlep my bags through airports and crowded metro stops with lots of stairs and no elevators. They also keep a very grouchy right hip happy. The weeks I do my yoga, I'm pain free. The other weeks, not so much.
One of the best things about it is probably a bit ironic, given that the whole point of it is to be in the moment and breathe - Yoga is an awesome mind-body multitasker. You benefit your body, mind, and prevent future injury, all in one hour a couple of times a week.
When I separated from my now ex-husband, a hot yoga studio opened, walking distance from my house. I still believe it opened just for me; thanks Universe!
Hot yoga saved my sanity when I was going through the divorce. All my sadness (some days) anger and resentment (other days) burned and sweated out of me in those classes at Vibe Yoga in Santa Rosa, CA.
The day the divorce was final I cried slowly through almost a whole class, no one noticed because I was sweating too. It was cathartic. It helped that the teachers were really exceptional.
So if you haven't tried yoga, I'm hoping to convert you. No, not into a yogi fanatic who practices 5x per week in a 101 degree room. (not that I was that faithful, I think I made it 3X per week).
Unless that is what makes you happy.
I have also met some of the best people I know through Yoga. Check out Treina Alexander's yogaloveoakland.com/ studio in Oakland the next time you are in that area. (She is one of our fabulous COLLABS advisors, too!)
I met her when I attended a class there, and later went on a yoga retreat to Mexico that she organized, it was awesome. (The next one in Mexico is in May 2018, check it out if you are interested! http://yogaloveoakland.com/2018-summer-camp/)
Treina teaches traditional and an Egyptian style of yoga that is very different and beautiful. The poses are just like the pictures of people in the murals in the pyramids. She looks like an Egyptian Queen when she teaches, its amazing!
If you have ever wanted to pose like a hieroglyphic, Egyptian Yoga is for you. : )
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Places to start
I did not know it before I wrote this post but September is also National Yoga Month!
While looking for some visuals to share with you, I waded through some surprisingly lame graphics. Who knew that yoga would not help people with their information design skills?
One that was actually published in the Huffington Post was especially odd. It was a decision tree graphic - with questions like, "Do you like to take your clothes off"? Well then, nude yoga is for you! Another question - "are you old"? - yes, that was the wording. Yes? Off to Senior Yoga you go, if you still want to after being called old.
At that point I'm wanting to ask the creators of the graphic, "Are you clueless?"
This one is nice, though:
And this one gives a lovely overview of the different styles of yoga. I'm currently obsessed with Iyengar, its great for healing injuries due to muscle or tension imbalance. They let you use lots of props and take time with each pose to get it right. My right side has always been touchy, I learned in Iyengar that its actually my left side that is the problem - I'm tighter on that side. And here I have been blaming my poor right side for years. I have tried all of these types. Having said all that, if you like a yoga flow, Iyengar is not a great choice. Try Vinyasa or Hatha (which is oddly missing from this graph - Hatha is probably what most of us associate with yoga). Which one do you think you would enjoy?
The graphic above is from https://thetruthaboutyoga.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/different-types-of-yoga/ - the blog seems to be abandoned but I'm putting the reference here anyway.
So let us know if you yoga now, or if you have any tips for beginners.
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