Sunday, March 3, 2013

Yoga





Even though we are now used to talking about Yoga as if it were a form of exercise, like Pilates or kickboxing, it is actually much more then that. (Image from nirvanahotyoga.com )

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Yoga is a very old Eastern practice.  It's part exercise, part meditation, and part religion.  Because of it's ability to not only create flexibility in the body but also peace in the mind, it has become very popular in North America as well as around the world.

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Yoga can be practiced in many different ways.  Some, for instance, believe in practicing Yoga in an extremely hot room - something that I would not recommend for a beginner.  However there are many exercises that are appropriate for those who have never done this before and would just like to try it for themselves.

Here are several videos that will give you a good idea of what Yoga is all about :




If you're still not sure it's for you, there are many books that describe it very well.  Here are just a few of the many that are available.



And once you are ready to try it, you can choose from videos like these to do in the comfort of your own home.

The nice thing about Yoga is that you really don't need much in the way of equipment. Just get an exercise mat and put it down somewhere beautiful and peaceful and you're ready to go.  Some people don't even use a mat, preferring to do their exercising on their deck or even on the beach.



If you'd like some company or instruction, you can also check for local classes.  Many communities now offer them - both group and individual.

Because of the stress reduction and flexibility that Yoga offers, it has become very popular with Baby Boomers who are determined to keep youthful, but getting into this - like any other exercise - earlier rather than later is certainly better. So, whatever age you happen to be, taking up Yoga will probably be of benefit to you.

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