How to Do Yoga At Home

October 31, 2008 by  
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Yoga, a moving meditation, helps a person to unify their body, their mind, and their heart.  It is also a great way to increase your fitness.  For those wanting to do yoga, it is not necessary to join a gym, a yoga school, or anything of that nature.  In fact, you can easily practice yoga from the comfort of your own home.  There are many reasons why doing yoga at home is beneficial: lack of time, money, or maybe you’re not near a yoga studio, are just a few of those reasons.

If you are wanting to practice Yoga in your home, here are a few things to help you to know what to do:

  • Be sure to get the proper tools required.  There aren’t many, but a yoga mat should definitely be used, although not specifically required.  This will allow you to focus on the poses, rather than your surroundings.
  • Set aside a specific place in your home for meditation.  It can be a room with a door that you can shut, or a section of the room you can close off.  Either one works.
  • Purchase a yoga DVD.  This will allow you to focus on doing the poses properly, by being able to see someone do it.  Trying to go off of memory, unless you are really experienced, is just a recipe for failure.
  • If you don’t have a television or don’t like visual stimulus during your practice, you can go to iTunes store and download a yoga podcast.  I am partial to the ”Yoga to the People” podcast. 
  • To go a step further, decorate the room you’ll be meditating in.  Soft music, beautiful art, plants, and soothing paint on the wall will all help you to focus and concentrate.

The best thing about yoga is that it can be done from your home.  Take these few steps, and you’ll be doing yoga like a pro in your home in no time.

The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

October 31, 2008 by  
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In the exercise and fitness world, there are many trends that are here today, gone tomorrow.  Many fads have come and gone, and so it is fairly easy to not want to believe in any new breakthroughs in the world of fitness.  But, yoga is different, as it has stood the test of time because of the benefits both physically and mentally that those who practice yoga notice.
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Yoga Mat and Equipment

October 21, 2008 by  
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Yoga doesn’t require a large commitment of equipment and clothing. Some people wear leotards; others wear baggy clothes; still others go without clothing altogether (an option if you’re working out at home, but you won’t find many clothing-optional classes). Read more

Taking Yoga Classes

October 21, 2008 by  
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IMG_4406Most health clubs offer yoga classes at no additional charge. You can find a wider variety of styles and techniques at yoga-only studios, which charge $8 to $25 per class. You’ll likely also find classes aimed at different experience levels.

If you’re a yoga novice, make sure that you take a beginning class, and don’t try to keep up with anyone else.

Yoga can be extremely demanding, both in terms of flexibility and strength. Even if you can bench-press a heavy load in the gym, you may find yourself lacking the strength to hold a yoga pose for a minute. Yoga requires a different type of strength than weight lifting does. Read more

Benefits of Yoga

October 20, 2008 by  
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Balmukund Singh in St.Petersburg 2008We tend to view exercise as way to improve our body — to strengthen our heart, tone our muscles, and make our joints more flexible. Only in the last ten years or so has the mainstream fitness community come to accept what many other cultures have known for thousands of years: Exercise can also be good for your mind.

This realization has spawned a new fitness catchphrase, mind-body exercise, and Yoga is at the forefront. Read more