Yoga has many benefits, from increasing flexibility and blood flow, to relaxing the body and mind. It is useful if you play sports as it will help you recover faster from tough workouts and will help prevent injuries. Many times while playing hockey, I had my flexibility to thank for avoiding injuries on awkward falls. Practicing yoga will also help you avoid injuries from more mundane things like horsing around with the kids (anyone pull their neck putting kids on your shoulders?) or tying your shoelaces (I am a little ashamed to say that I pulled my back this way once).
I have always enjoyed doing yoga, but similar to my experiences with meditation, I was never able to make it part of my daily fitness regimen. Either I couldn’t make the schedule at the yoga studio work and I didn’t know any routines to do on my own.
This changed last year when I found some terrific DVD’s for doing yoga at home. To continue reading this post, click here >>
A friend suggested I check out yoga DVD’s and do some routines at home so I grabbed a couple at the local Chapters bookstore. One of the DVD’s had some very short sessions – 20-25 minutes a piece.
Over the next few months, I committed to doing yoga 2-3 times a week and just tacked a yoga session onto the end of my regular workout. As I grew to really crave the workout, I expanded to doing yoga 6 times a week and have experimented with different types of practices from Hatha to Ashtanga (Asana and Pranayama so far).
Now I do my yoga in the morning, right after I meditate (see my Personal Success Routine) and I have collected more than a dozen yoga DVD’s with different kinds of workouts and durations. Usually the night before I will decide which routine I will do based on the amount of time I have available – short during the week and longer on weekends. A bunch of my DVD’s are pictured below – notice I have written the times on each so I know the amount of time I need do a routine without interruption or feeling rushed.
Doing yoga everyday has benefited me tremendously in terms of flexibility, stamina and peace of mind – which makes me feel better and more productive throughout the rest of my day.
If you are looking to start doing Yoga, I recommend starting off with a something like the beginners DVD by Rodney Yee. This DVD has 5 different 20 minute workouts intended for each day of the week. The workouts include: standing poses, back bends, front bends, twists, hip openers. You can do the workouts in any order and because they are only 20 mins, it is easy to fit these into even the busiest schedule (only requires slightly more time than brushing and flossing your teeth).