Yoga does not come easy to me. I am such a control freak. Telling me to take a minute away from everything and focus on being still is like asking me to birth a kangaroo.
Some things just don’t happen.
Unlike birthing another animal, Yoga is something I can control though…or so they say. I can even improve my yogi skills, and the tranquil habit is beneficial to my health.
“Yoga helps to release tension and stress in the body, and the majority of headaches are usually tension-related,” Lynn A. Anderson, Ph.D., doctor of naturopathy and certified instructor, tells The Huffington Post
I have tried about 5 at-home workouts. Some fit my personality more than others, but I tend to put my flexibility and yoga trainings on the back burner. I know it’s important, but the calorie burn and gains in lean muscle from cardio and strength training are so addicting!!
There is a new yoga studio pretty close to my house. The studio offers beginners classes every other week, but for the most part they are all intermediate or advanced. They have a good introductory price for the month though so hopefully by the time I go I’ll be able to touch my toes and also improve further. I honestly would like to go , but my perfectionist is coming out and screaming “you can’t do this! Don’t show anyone – especially a whole class of people!”
Health Benefits of Yoga
1. Studies have shown that yoga can help lower high blood pressure. – source
2. Yoga can also ease feelings of anxiety and stress. – source
An Oxford University study showed prisoners that practiced yoga felt less anxiety and stress. They also felt more in control of their decisions. (full article)
Luckily, there are different types of yoga as well. It’s important to make sure you find the one that works best for you — whether it be with a certified trainer on a DVD or in a studio like the one I am considering.
One of the things I liked about the local studio is that they don’t push Hot Yoga on beginners. It is a tough, demanding workout, and that type of workout may not be for everyone just like certain types of strength training and cardio aren’t always one-size-fits-all.