A while back Chris and I posted some pictures of us doing yoga on our Facebook pages. We received a lot of comments and emails about it. Most of you said you would love to do yoga but couldn’t at your current fitness level or size. Well I’m here to tell you that, as members of the Powell Pack (which you are), the word “can’t” is no longer part of your vocabulary. Yoga is for everyone, no matter your shape or size! You want to try yoga? Let’s do it!
First things first. Yoga is not simply stretching and getting all tied up in weird poses (although I must admit it can be entertaining to watch Chris), there is purpose and reason to each pose. There are many styles of yoga and each focuses on something different so there is sure to be one style that will pique your interest and you’ll try something new.
Yoga is great for your physical and emotional health. It helps strengthen your body, increases flexibility, reduces stress, and adds some fun variety to your regular workout routine.
One of my favorite styles of Yoga is Vinyasa. This is a great form of yoga for those just starting out as well as seasoned yoga fans. Vinyasa means “connection between movement and breath”. I practice Vinyasa because I enjoy the constant moving and breathing. It flows from one pose into the next and offers tons of variety.
Another popular style of yoga, especially for beginners, is Hatha (Ha=sun tha=moon). Hatha yoga is very popular in western cultures and focuses on the link between mind, body, and spirit.
Next week we’ll focus on the tools of the trade. I’ll show you how you can use some simple household items as props to help you do the poses no matter what physical shape you’re in right now.
In the meantime, check out some Yoga studios in your area that offer Vinyasa or Hatha style yoga classes. Look up a few YouTube videos to become familiar with some of the terms and poses used in Vinyasa yoga.
Until next time, Namaste! (Wondering how to pronounce this? Try the audible pronunciation feature on Dictionary.com and you’ll fit right in with fellow yogis!) Go to Part 2.