- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The Power of Yoga
Yoga is an amazing practice to exercise your body, mind, and soul. There have been numerous studies of how Yoga effects our health not only physically but mentally as well. Yoga students also believe that spiritual growth is gained during the process of Yoga.
There are many discrepancies in regards to the origin of Yoga. Some say 5,000 years ago, others say 26,000 years ago. One thing everyone can agree on is, it has been practiced on this earth for a very long time.
Obviously it must have extraordinary results to have such history. You are going to want to do Yoga after reading all of the health benefits you'll gain by doing it.
There are several types of Yoga. Hatha is a style that is slow paced and gentle, and a great introduction to doing the Yoga practice.
Ashtanga and Power Yoga are more fast paced, intense, and rigorous styles of the practice. Iyengar is a style that is mostly concerned with alignment and the proper form of the poses.
Kundalini yoga is focused on the breathing and movement of the student. Bikram or Hot yoga is practiced in a room that is 100 degrees. This is believed to loosen the muscles, and cause sweating which is thought to be cleansing.
Health benefits come with any type of Yoga you choose to practice. Its pretty amazing when you understand that a stretching exercise can do so much. Here are some of its benefits.
Releases lactic acid which causes tension, stiffness, pain, and fatigue. Increases range of motion in your joints. Stretches ligaments, tendons, fascia tissue, as well as muscles. Improves posture, back pain, arthritis, insomnia, range of motion, and balance. Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart rate.
Improves your immune system, and lung capacity. Improves your mood, and ability to concentrate. Lowers stress, and slows the aging process.
Spiritual awareness and calmness. Harmony of thought and mind.
There are classes in most towns and cities. It is very popular, and there is no shortage of Yoga studio's. If taking a class is not your thing, DVD's are a great alternative. No shortage of those either.
I can't wait to re-commit to a Yoga practice. Try it for a couple of months several times a week, and see how much better you will feel. The practice has lasted for thousands of years, it has to be powerful...that's exciting!