So you’ll never do yoga? You already have.

So you’ll never do yoga? You already have.

 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten weird looks when I tell folks I do yoga. Yoga means to integrate body, mind and spirit. But to some, it means some type of strange religious experience that they want to stay far away from. Or it conjures up images of contortionists.

A quick comparison of benefits of American exercise to Yoga shows us that they are more alike than you may think.

American exercise Yoga
Improves your mood Better concentration and mood
Combats chronic disease Reduce heart and medical conditions
Manage weight Flexibility, strength, and better posture
Boost energy level Less stress
Better sleep Better and deeper breathing

Here are 5 exercises that most americans have done (or tried to do)  somewhere in their lifetime whose roots come from Yoga.

  1. headstand – yoga pose name of Salamba Sirsasana
  2. shoulderstand – yoga posa name of Sarvangasana
  3. superman – yoga pose name of Vimanasana
  4. hiplift also known as bridge pose – yoga posa name of Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  5. cat stretch – this combines 2 yoga poses known as cat pose (Marjaryasana)  and  cow pose (Bitilasana).

For those you don’t remember how to do these poses, or need a refresher, this site provides great visuals and explanations of the poses.

So the next time someone mentions yoga, what vision will come into your mind?

 

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4 Responses to “So you’ll never do yoga? You already have.”

  1. Sharon Savage July 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM #

    Thank you for this post Nancy! The timing is perfect as I was just thinking that I needed to do something different to build my core and to become more relaxed! It’s funny how the word Yoga does conjure up images of contortionistic poses, but I think that people should forget the past images and look at how modern Yoga has become.

    • admin July 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM #

      agreed. thanks.

  2. Ali Bierman July 15, 2011 at 2:48 PM #

    I do yoga on and off. I first learned to meditate doing yoga. While I know you say you don’t have to add spiritual piece, for me, yoga is something of a meditation and ending with one fits.

    • admin July 15, 2011 at 8:13 PM #

      That’s great that you end with meditation. When I go to class, so do I.

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