Finding the Joy in Exercise

Finding an exercise program you love – and can stick with – is a challenge for most of us. Not everyone is a natural runner, a gym-goer, or a sports enthusiast yet we know that exercise and physical activity are an essential part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The goal is to work towards finding the right activity (ies) that fits with your lifestyle. Yoga is perhaps one of the most overlooked forms of exercise. It is the perfect combination of stretching, strengthening, cardio, and meditation. There are many different styles of yoga practice such Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. There are also some adapted forms of yoga such as aerial yoga and hot yoga which provide a different type of practice if you’re looking to try something new. In general, yoga is a series of postures linked with breath that are designed to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the body. At the core of any yoga class is a focus on linking mind and body, to connect to breath, and to practice in the here and now. Yoga encourages us to let go of all external distractions and to focus on each individual movement and breath. It is for this reason that yoga is truly a unique and beneficial form of exercise as it does so much more than provide a good workout. Yoga can be used to help treat various injuries and limitations and is often recommended for those who have trouble with traditional exercise programs. Many women find yoga beneficial during pregnancy as it is safe for the baby and helps mom to feel better. Yoga is also a great practice to accompany other exercise as it helps work out tight muscles, improves balance, stability, and core strength. The key to yoga is finding the right practice, instructor, and studio for you. We all have individual preferences when it comes to exercise and it is important that we feel valued, encouraged, and inspired by the activities we partake in. Because – let’s be honest, you’re only going to stick with something you truly love!

Sarah Warren

Guest Services Coordinator & Yoga enthusiast

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