“Will I really get a full workout from yoga?”
– By Beth Hatt
This was my biggest pre-yoga question. I have spent a good portion of my life playing soccer at a high level, among other sports, and have weight trained off and on for the past 10 years. I have a tendency to stick with relatively traditional forms of exercise, but felt that my usual fitness routine was missing something. When a friend mentioned that I should try yoga as a change to my normal fitness regimen, I was more than a little skeptical to say the least. After making excuses for months to avoid taking a class with her, I finally gave in about six months ago. I’m pleased to report that I have been going to yoga now twice a week ever since. My opinion of yoga has changed considerably. I now feel that yoga has changed my mind and body, and has added what I was missing to my previous fitness routine.
I initially thought that yoga was all about chanting and meditation. I believed yoga would offer me no real physical or mental benefit. After attending my first class, I felt like I had just played a full soccer match followed by a complete body massage. I was intrigued enough to do a little research on various types of yoga. I have come to realize that although some forms of yoga focus mainly on the spiritual aspects, the goal of all types of yoga remains the unification of the mind, body and spirit. Hatha Yoga constitutes the most commonly practiced form of yoga in modern studios and health clubs. Hatha Yoga utilizes the physical path towards the unification of the mind and body through asana (physical postures and balances exercises) and pranayama (controlled breathing).
There are several proposed benefits to Hatha Yoga, many of which I have noticed since I began taking classes a few months ago.
- Improved balance and concentration achieved through holding various postures.
- Toning and strengthening of muscles in the entire body created by isometric exercises.
- Improved posture due to stronger abdominal, back and shoulder muscles.
- Improved flexibility through gentle stretching to lengthen muscles promoting injury prevention.
- Increased feelings of relaxation and stress reduction through deep breathing and body awareness.
In today’s hectic world it is hard to find time to do things we have to do, let alone the things we want to do. Understandably, it can be difficult to set aside an hour or two each week to take a yoga class amidst a busy work week. However, you may find, as I have, that the almost immediate positive results attained through yoga help you to manage the everyday things.
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