Self-Care Sunday: Yoga

Happy holiday weekend! I hope you get some extra time to recharge and take care of yourself.

Today I challenge you to take a yoga class or even do yoga in the comfort of your own home.

Yoga has endless benefits for your mind and body. There are many types of yoga, so if you’ve had a bad experience with it don’t rule it out! My first experience with yoga was, well, not great. I swore it off for a while, then was dragged to yoga weekly by a friend who swore by it. I had noticed changes in her such as her physical strength and flexibility, but also in how she felt about herself and how she managed stress. With her forcing me, er, encouraging me I found a class and an instructor who I loved and realized how awesome it is.

If you deal with anxiety, depression, or PTSD, yoga can be particularly helpful! Research has consistently demonstrated countless benefits for mental health, including stress reduction, improved mood, overall improvement in anxiety, and ability to focus. In addition, physical benefits include reduction in blood pressure, improved balance, strength, flexibility, physical endurance, and reduction in chronic pain conditions. This list can go on and on, but I challenge you to experience it for yourself.

It’s no secret that professional athletes incorporate yoga into their training. Did you know that yoga is growing like crazy within the military and also with first responders?! Yes! Yoga provides a restoration and a resilience necessary for those exposed to high levels of stress.

For a local yoga studio, I suggest checking out Real Human Performance. If you’re a new client, you can even try them out for free! They have a variety of different types of yoga classes as well as other services.

For online yoga, I love Yoga With Adriene. She has tons of videos uploaded that are easy to follow that cater to new and experienced yogis alike!

Enjoy! Take care-