Yoga helps you slow down and redefine the concept of a “workout”

img_1341Working out includes “work” for a reason. Sure, it can be enjoyable, perhaps even fun. But it takes dedication to exercise regularly and discover your workout regiment. People value their time, and staying fit, while a priority, is often penciled in to a busy schedule. Pushing too hard at anything can result in a nasty injury, and this includes workouts. Fast-paced, repetitive workouts can cause damage, especially in sensitive joints. This isn’t because these workouts are dangerous, but rather because the haste to complete them easily promotes improper alignment, ineffective stretching and not listening to what your body needs. For the record, injuries happen in yoga for the same reason- misalignment, moving too fast and pushing too hard. Often, the best therapy is to take a break and allow the injury to heal. In this case, an injury may push you in another way-this time, to redefine your concept of a “workout”.

People may stay away from trying a yoga class because it seems too slow-paced, and thus a waste of time. I understand this mindset, because I used to feel the same way. That is, until I realized that a regular, varied yoga practice can put both your mind and body in incredible shape, and slowing down has huge benefits. As a society, we value productivity and moving quickly. Life often needs to be scheduled just to fit in daily tasks. This is where yoga can be the most beneficial- a practice cultivates mindfulness, awareness, and living in the present moment. Based on time between scheduled activities and gazing at phone, television and computer screens how often are you living solely in the present moment?

In this case, an injury may push you in another way-this time, to redefine your concept of a “workout”.

Another great aspect of yoga is its ability to stay consistent and adjust to your needs. You don’t need to always look for workout trends (even though yoga with beer and/or goats can be a blast and I recommend it). As you become familiar with yoga postures and breathing techniques, you can start your own custom practice based on what you and your body needs.  This practice will only grow as your become introduced to the lesser known limbs of yoga ( there are 8-limbs in total). In this sense, yoga is truly an individualized practice that can go beyond the concept of a workout.

As you become familiar with yoga postures and breathing techniques, you can start your own custom practice based on what you and your body needs.

Yoga practice on and off the mat is a journey. It s all about finding what is right for you, not and always listening to what other people of media is telling you. In my own experience, a yoga practice has led me to discover far more than defined muscles-it has affected interactions with others, the environment and myself. Explore, discover and empower yourself to take action and give yoga a try. Check out the AnthroYoga videos to get started, or shoot us a note to discuss personalized yoga sequences to get started!

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