WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: YOGA
WHAT IS YOGA?
The technical definition: "a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which (including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures) is widely practiced for health and relaxation"
BENEFITS OF YOGA
○ maintain balanced metabolism
○ cardio and circulatory health
○ help alleviate back pain and carpal tunnel symptoms
○ help increase lymph drainage
○ protection from injury
○ body awareness
○ better sleep
○ versatile (yoga can be done anywhere): studio/class/gym, at home, private instruction, outside, etc.
TYPES OF YOGA
*There are many many types of yoga; these are just the most commonly known types.
○ slow and gentle; ideal for beginners
○ series of postures that work cardiovascular system with flowing movements and quick pace
BIKRAM (created by Bikram Choudhury)
○ a type of hatha yoga done in an artifically heated space; always follows the same 26 poses
○ rigorous style; similar to vinyasa
RESTORATIVE (YIN YOGA)
○ relax and soothe frayed nerves; uses bolsters, blankets, and blocks
HOT YOGA ○ similar to Bikram, but deviates from Bikram's sequence in some small way(s)
Yoga can be done with little to no equipment, which makes it so versatile. But, you can always use various types of equipment to aid or improve your movements. *linked at end
○ help prevent slipping and provides a slightly padded surface for floor work
○ microfibre towel
○ especially great for Bikram and hot yoga to wipe down your body and your mat
○ helps beginners with flexibility
○ make it "easier to reach parts of the body you may not be flexibile enough to reach"
○ helps to hold harder positions
BLOCKS / BRICKS
○ designed for extensions when you may not be able to reach the floor
○ used mainly for hip elevation
○ also used to cover the body during cool down phase
○ help with stability, balance and strength
○ extra support, especially for restorative yoga
There's so many ways to practice yoga in the time we live now. You can go to classes at a studio or local gym, you can follow videos online, or you can learn the movements and do them by yourself.
Even if you just do it once a week, you will start to notice a difference.
Yoga doesn't discriminate: anyone with any body can do it.
Give it a try; your body will thank you!
(the app has a whole yoga section, created with Sjana Earp)
Pretty much all of these items can also be purchased from more affordable retailers like:
WalMart, Winners, Marshall's, Canadian Tire, and Amazon.
I got my yoga mat from Winners a few years ago and (for now) it's still hangin' on!