Ready to shake up your workout routine this summer, and combine all of your favorite things? Thats what my hubby and I did last weekend, when we took Susan Kasko's Summer Yoga & Brunch class at North Pier Brewing Co.
From Doga (yes, dog yoga) to Goat Yoga, a survey of the possibilities and promise of Yoga with Animals. A good review if you are thinking of horse yoga, bunny yoga, kitten yoga and other styles.
I'm sure that if you follow any number of yogis on Instagram, then you have seen your share of inversions. Headstands, handstands, crazy one handed stands that I could never do... lol.Maybe you just skim by, maybe you stop and admire them for a second. But few of us take the time to find out just why inversions are such an integral part of yoga, and how much of an amazing role that they can play in your overall health and fitness.
Tonight I am going to take a yin yoga class.It is really about the last thing I want to do right now, because yin requires that you hold each pose for several minutes, and I feel very very restless at the moment. The thought of holding still so long seems more daunting than a butt kicking workout. Which is exactly why I am going!
Last week I told you that I was starting a detox journey. This week, that journey is leading me through the concepts of what I will call "emotional detox." When I say those words, I am sure you can all come up with your own working definition, but for now, lets focus on it being the idea of watching what goes in and out of your mind, as well as your body. As any good mentor or motivational speaker will tell you, what goes in to your mind matters!
Yoga is cited by many as one of the best ways to detox & destress. Some poses are better than for detox than others, and throughout my journey, I plan to explore all of the poses, and find out which ones make a lasting difference in my health & stress levels.
If you have done yoga for any period of time, you have probably at some point faced the challenge that many women face today: getting your guy to try it with you! Yoga is fun. It builds strength of body and character, and on the list of best couples activities, it can be right up there at the top. But let's face it, getting any guy to settle for an hour of yoga rather than an hour of sweating it out at the gym with his buddies can be tough! As far as boyfriends go, I consider myself one of the lucky few who didn't have to try at all. My guy enjoys fitness of any sort, and having spent many years competing on the ballroom dance circuit already, there were no "Yoga isn't Manly Enough" complexes to overcome. I'm pretty sure the first time I thought of inviting him, all I had to do was say "Hey! Want to come to yoga with me?" And that was that. To be fair, I my yoga days didn't begin on the ground. My very first exposure to yoga was through acro, and when I asked him to join me for acrobatic yoga, I might as well have said "Hey, want to be super manly and strong and lift me over your head and stuff?" Cause i'm pretty sure that is what he heard. And let's face it, what guy wouldn't be down for that? However, If you face the tougher challenge of wanting your man to come to a regular yoga class, there are many methods to breaking down the barriers.
Yoga styles have changed a lot since the beginning of the art...mostly for the better I think. I decided to go back in time and do a little research on it to see if my theory was correct...
I have had some major health issues in my (not that long) lifetime. And over the past few months in a job environment that was growing increasingly tumultuous, I started to notice that I would have a pounding headache on Friday that would begin to lift the second that I walked out of the building. Then, over the weekend, I would get to the point that my body would feel almost perfect again. But come Monday morning, all of my symptoms would hit me like a lead balloon. Now I'm no doctor, but I can come to the conclusion that real symptoms don't come and go quite that regularly. (Now personally, I decided to solve that problem by quitting my job and going into freelance.) But since that may not be an option for everybody, I thought I would share one of the other great de-stressors in my life. Yoga...