PHYSICAL FITNESS FRIDAYS- YOGA
Happy Physical Friday Everybody!
Today's topic is Yoga.
Here are some informational tidbits from yoga.about.com:
The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of India where yoga originated.
Yoga is more than just stretching, it is about creating balance in the body to develop strength and flexibility. Each pose that is performed during the yoga practice has specific physical benefits.
Some of the health benefits include:
Increased flexibility and strength
Muscle tone- it helps build long, lean muscles.
Pain Prevention- with increased strength and flexibility, yoga helps prevent some types of back pain.
Improved Breathing- yoga breathing exercises help you to focus more on the breath and how to better use our lungs.
Body Awareness-Yoga can give you an increased awareness of your body. Yoga gives you the ability to be in tune with your body's alignment in order to make adjustments. It can help give you better posture.
Mental Calmness-focusing on what you're body is doing, helps to ease the mind.
I can verify the above claims due to my own personal experience with yoga in the past. I used to practice yoga quite regularly some years ago with classes at my gym. Yoga did provide all of the benefits mentioned here.
I like to switch my physical routine up often, so that is why I haven't practiced it in a while. As a matter of fact, I just remembered that I purchased a yoga dvd not to long ago from Borders. I think I will be popping that in again very soon!
Let me know if you too decide to give yoga a try! For those of you that already have, please leave some comments about your experience for everyone to see!