For the longest time I didn’t want to be part of the Yoga trend. I was more into running, cycling, lifting, cross fit, and P90x type workouts. I thought yoga just wouldn’t be my thing… that is until I learned the health benefits of yoga and started actually doing it.
My first time at some yoga moves was at Gold’s Gym in a class called “Bodyflow”. It’s a combination of Tai chi, Yoga, and Pilates. I am not kidding when I say that class has changed my life! I love it! Okay, maybe it didn’t completely change my life, but it’s changed my body. I then took some Yoga and Pilates classes at Ballet Fit in Austin, TX and enjoyed those as well. What I love about Yoga is it works on strength, balance, breathing, and flexibility. But Yoga is beneficial for even more than just that.
Health Benefits of Yoga
Again, Yoga is great for strengthening muscles, improving balance and flexibility, and focusing breathing but it’s also great for:
- Weight loss
- Toning/firming the body
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering Cholesterol
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Helping ADD or ADHD. And I say this from personal experience!
- Improving joint function
- Better blood flow
- Boosts mood
- Could possibly boost immune system too
Don’t believe me? Just look up articles in PubMed on studies/tests that show results/improvement in various areas of health.
My Personal Testimony
Since I’ve been doing yoga my throwing in softball has improved (I feel more flexible and stronger, therefore I am throwing further and more accurate). My legs look wonderful! I thought squats and lunges were the only exercises to keep my thighs (quads and hamstrings) tight, but I wasn’t seeing a lot of improvement after doing cycling classes and body pump classes (doing squats and lunges) for a few months. As soon as I incorporated yoga into my schedule along with those exercises, after one month I now have toned thighs (my inner thighs and under my butt were the hardest areas to tone, but now they finally look better). My ADD has improved and I feel less stressed and anxious. I am also improving my flexibility and I needed that because I’m also a dancer too!
So you see, a simple hour a day (or an hour a few times per week) can benefit you more than you could realize. I see men doing the class, so I don’t even want to hear excuses from guys about it not being masculine enough. I have about 10 guy friends I can name that do Yoga too. I started off with Yoga once or twice a week, but now I do it almost everyday (about 5x week) as well as keep up with cycling class, BodyPump & CXworx, as well as my other workouts. If you have a Gold’s Gym in your area and Yoga or BodyFlow is offered, as well as the other classes, I highly recommend going! Group classes are very motivating and I am the type that’d rather be guided in an exercise rather than go workout on my own (unless it’s running, I love to run alone). So do something wonderful for your body, and start with Yoga workouts!