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   Relaxing, peaceful, spiritual, tranquil, breathe, pose. When you hear the word Yoga, what comes to mind?

   Yoga has become more popular in the United States over the past several years and there are many different types of yoga to learn/practice. Regardless of which type you choose, the basics are very much similar to one another; breathing control, mind to body harmony, meditation, and poses (or asana) that stretch the body and promote flexibility.

   I used to practice yoga 2-3 times a week (why did I stop?) and recently decided to get back into it. What a great decision on my part! One day a week I attend a yoga class on base,  twice a week I yoga it right along to one of my videos, my favorite is the P90X one. Alternating between at home and class yoga is a good balance for me and gives variety to the routine.
   Last week was my first time attending this class and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The instructor was amazing, definitely the best I've ever had in a yoga class. She lit a candle, made the room as calm as she could, gave great instruction to everyone and really tried to figure out each person's level of experience. With taking fitness classes on base, it's sometimes difficult to find a good instructor who actually makes the class an uplifting experience. I'm pleased to say that I've found that instructor and therefore I feel more confident in my posing in a classroom setting.

   There are many benefits to yoga which is why I decided to start practicing again. Included in the many benefits are increased flexibility, maintaining a balanced metabolism, improvement of muscle strength & tone, preventive measure against future injuries, an improving your cardio & circulatory health. Of course those are not all of the benefits, but they are some of the main ones. I feel that yoga is also a wonderful stress reliever. If you don't feel like you have much stress in your life, you'll feel even better and more relaxed when you walk out of that class...I promise it is beneficial for everyone.

   After I've been back into a good routine for a while I would really like to try Hot Yoga, I think it would be pretty intense, in a good way. Since we live right by the beach, there are a few yoga studios around that offer beach yoga and paddle board yoga! I think those would be fantastic to try and I'l definitely update you guys when & if I do. Do you practice yoga? If so what type an how long have you been doing it?



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