Going Upside-down to Turn Your Health Right Side Up!

Going Upside-down to Turn Your Health Right Side Up!
  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.

How to Get Your Man to Try Yoga

How to Get Your Man to Try Yoga
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 Fashion Then and Now...

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...

So i took a Hot Yoga class...

To be fair, the name DOES warn you. So I did not go into this class expecting roses and sunshine. But I guess I expected it to be more like a hard core, noisy, sweaty workout class. I was right about the sweaty part, and not much else. When I first walked in, I was greeted by a "silence past this point" sign. Well my mouth obeyed, but in my head it sounded something like this...

The top 5 Reasons that every Yogi should take a Barre class at least once!

Today I managed to drag my butt out of bed early for once, and make my way downtown to a cute little studio called Lori Harris Fitness. I had heard good things about her Barre your Soul class, and today it was time to shake off the rust and try it for myself... Well I survived the Barre class, lived to tell about it, and thought i should start with the top 5 reasons that all you fellow yogis need to try it too! 

Why Yoga?

A few years ago, I would have made fun of people who did yoga. Today, much has changed, and now I am that person who annoys their friends by stopping to do yoga everywhere. Acro yoga, SUP yoga, Beach Yoga, Hot yoga... I have always been active and fit, but to me, yoga was just "stretching." And stretching was a thing that I only managed to do occasionally before a hard workout. So now, people ask me, "what happened? Why yoga?"