So, you’re a regular in the spin studio, you’re a committed body pumper, you hit the pool a couple times a week, and you’ve got CXWORX permanently on your schedule—that’s all you need, right? That’s a great variety, but what about rounding it out with a little yoga?
If you haven’t found your way to the yoga mat, you could be missing out on a chance to build strength, flexibility, and balance—and reap a whole bunch of other benefits.
What Exactly Is Yoga?
Forget everything you think you know about yoga—because yoga can be different things for different people.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “union.” This gentle, low-impact form of movement began more than 3,000 years ago in India as a way to promote union of mind, body, and spirit. The practice incorporates physical postures called asanas, with breathing practice (pranayama), and meditation (dhyana).
Yoga is considered a practice—not a religion—and anyone can choose to practice it without compromising individual religious or spiritual beliefs. Many people associate yoga with pretzel-like movements performed by contortionists, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are many different styles of yoga and the practice is available even to the most inflexible, stiff bodies.
Yoga as a Form of Exercise
Whether or not you embrace the breathing and mediation aspects of yoga, the physical postures are an excellent form of exercise. The gentle, low-impact movements target every muscle group in the body. Chances are you’ll begin yoga focused on the physical postures, but you’ll eventually find yourself noticing your breath and striving to quiet your mind, both of which can only benefit you.
Benefits of Yoga
There are countless benefits to practicing yoga. You may experience improved flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. Yoga can also promote mental clarity and relaxation—and even improve your sleep!
The only way to know if yoga is right for you is to step onto the mat and give it a try. There are a lot of different types of yoga—some more vigorous and others more relaxing. At Zenergy, we offer a wide variety of yoga classes: