An exercise regimen of any kind can be a challenge to keep up with. The busy work week on top of the kids’ schedules and making dinner is enough to keep you busy right? Or how about those aching bones you inherited after you retired?
Well, amidst all this activity is a body in deep need of exercise and relaxation. Still doing something everyone can participate in and enjoy seems impossible. However, yoga offers a wonderful solution to your exercise woes.
The Age of Exercise … Slow It Goes
There seems to be a limit to certain exercise activities. Your child needs to be thirteen to go to the gym with you and lift weights. Your mother needs an order from the doctors to participate in certain gym-related activities. And you can feel your knees ache from years of running cross country. At every age it seems that certain types of physical activity are simply off limits.
Walla! Yoga is the solution to all your age (and gender) exercise concerns. Yoga offers an opportunity for individuals of any age or gender to participate in the stretching and meditation activities that characterize this ancient form of exercise. And you can practice Yoga from the comfort of your own home, or like many other Yoga enthusiasts practice at a studio.
The Studio is In
Yoga studios are becoming all the rage. Yoga studios offer per class rates or memberships and they provide an atmosphere that is calming, which allows you to relax. The studio includes such things as heated bamboo floors, large windows, scented candles and dim lights. This environment equates to instant tranquility the minute you walk in the door.
Additionally, many Yoga studios offer a wider array of class offerings including Anusara, Bikram, Kundalini, prenatal, restorative, Power and others. This gives students the opportunity to choose the experience they prefer and the one that will benefit them the most. Also, many Yoga instructors tout the graces of listening to your body in order to avoid overexertion during their sessions, which offers anyone a bit of saving grace.
And the Stress is Out
So why should you practice Yoga? The reasons are as many as the petals of a lotus flower. Yoga offers increased flexibility, improved breathing, weight loss, increases muscle strength, balanced metabolism and can safeguard your body against injury. That’s not bad for a few well-practiced stretches.
Yoga offers a number of other benefits as well, including improving your mental health, helping you maintain good posture, increasing your blood flow, boosting your immunity, guiding you to healing processes, building awareness, regulating your adrenal glands, helping you focus and more. Make a commitment to try Yoga (perhaps even with your mom) and you’ll see the benefits for yourself.
You really don’t have to give up being healthy as you age. Just do Yoga. The different forms of yoga offer an array of challenges and choices for all. Any exercise should benefit the participant — a productive yoga practice gives this reward to all who exercise.