I don’t like stretching and, in particular, I really don’t like yoga. My regular readers will recall my T25 Focus Challenge where it took me ages to finally try the stretching video. I have always known that stretching is good for me, but I never took it very seriously until now. In my quest to be healthier and take my physical, mental, and emotional well-being into account, I have recently decided to incorporate daily yoga into my fitness routine. I am already noticing improvements, which is a great feeling.
I think the reason that I
hate dislike yoga so much is that I’m not very good at it. I’ve had spinal surgery, which means that I’m not exactly the picture of flexibility. I’m also a type A personality and a perfectionist who likes to excel at everything I do. When I find something that I’m not very good at it, I’d rather not do it. However, yoga is something that can actually help my back and even if I will never be doing headstands or other crazy contortions, I can get better (even if better doesn’t mean good).
I have been sticking with yoga DVDs catered to beginners and I’ve been having a lot more success than when I tried to jump right into the many free intermediate level videos online. A few of my favourites are:
- Yoga Stretch for Beginners and Beyond
- Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners
- Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
I would also highly recommend a yoga block for beginners (like me!).
Why Do Yoga?
The American Osteopathic Association tells us that yoga can help to:
- Increase flexibility
- Improve respiration, energy, and vitality
- Maintain a balanced metabolism
- Increase muscle strength and tone
- Support weight reduction
- Improve cardio and circulatory health
- Improve athletic performance
- Offer protection from injury
Do you practice yoga? Dogs make it look so easy!
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