Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I have a confession to make. I used to think yoga was just a fancy word for stretching. I honestly thought that it was something people did to fool themselves into believing that they got a good workout in, but not a "real" work that could help you lose weight and tone, like kickboxing. I was very wrong. About 2 years ago, I read an article about Hot Yoga.
Hot yoga is a form of yoga that is done in a heated room. The heat is intended to help loosen the muscles and also the sweating that is accomplished helps to rid the body of toxins. I did some research and found a yoga studio near me that had classes. I went that very same day. I was honestly blown away. I did sweat, my muscles were challenged, and I was surprised by how relaxed and "centered" I felt after the class was over. It was a truly moving experience.
While, I honestly don't have the time or money to take regular live yoga classes. I have been able to continue my practice with the help of yoga DVDs and also a wonderful website called Yoga Today www.yogatoday.com
Through the site I can practice a different form of yoga each week for free. You can also download workouts for a small fee.
While I am by no means a guru, I have been able to tone and strengthen my arms and abdominal muscles with yoga. I'm also very proud to say that I did an unassisted headstand yesterday! I look forward to continuing my practice of yoga. The thing that really attracts me to yoga is that it is a lifelong practice. You can never say "I'm done" and give it up. Its just like living a healthy lifestyle. It's a lifelong commitment. There is always a new discovery to make, a new opportunity to learn more about yourself and the world around you.