I don’t like stretching and, in particular, I really don’t like yoga. If you read my review of T25 Focus, you’ll recall that it didn’t include my thoughts on the stretching video because I never completed it. However, the benefits of yoga outweigh my aversion, so I’ve forced myself to start actively and regularly participating (it helps having a home teacher as awesome as this one). Combined with regular sweat sessions and meditation, yoga is one of the keys to a healthy mind, body and, yes, spirit.
Yoga Resources for Beginners
As a writer in both my 9-5 gig and author side gig, I spend a lot of time sitting, which is surprisingly hard on your body. A few of my favourite yoga DVDs catered to beginners that you can do from the comfort of your living room are:
- Yoga Stretch for Beginners and Beyond
- Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners
- Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
I would also highly recommend a yoga block and quality yoga mat.
They don’t call it downward dog for nothing!
The benefits of Yoga
I think the reason that I
hate dislike yoga so much is that I’m not very good at it. I’ve had spinal surgery, which means that I’m not exactly the picture of flexibility. I’m also a type A personality and a perfectionist who likes to excel at everything I do.
When I find something that I’m not very good at it, I’d rather not do it. However, yoga is something that can actually help my back and even if I will never be doing headstands or other crazy contortions, I can get better (even if better doesn’t mean good).
The American Osteopathic Association tells us that yoga can help to:
- Increase flexibility
- Improve respiration, energy, and vitality (and digestion in my experience!)
- Maintain a balanced metabolism
- Increase muscle strength and tone
- Support weight reduction
- Improve cardio and circulatory health
- Offer protection from injury
- Improve athletic performance
Do you practice yoga? Dogs make it look so easy!
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