Strike a Pose for Good Health
You’ve probably heard yoga is good for your body and mind – it’s a great way to relieve stress, insomnia, chronic pain, and many other health issues. It’s a great form of exercise for people of all ages since many poses can be modified to suit specific needs while maintaining all of the health benefits of yoga practice.
I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for a number of years and have encouraged my family to practice with me – my kids love it. Though I don’t practice as regularly as I should, I try to sneak in a minute or two throughout the day to strike a pose or two to de-stress and re-energize myself. My favorite quick yoga pose? Definitely downward-facing dog - it gives my brain a boost of needed energy and helps my body gently release tension.
So if you have chronic health issues and need a gentle form of daily exercise (like me), or just want to try something new, here are some great yoga resources to get you started.
- Yoga Conditioning for Weight Loss with instructor Suzanne Deason is my go-to yoga DVD when I want an easy, gentle yoga practice (I don’t use it for losing weight). I purchsed my copy from a Salvation Army Thrift Store a few years ago, but you can purchase it online or rent it from Netflix.
- Yoga Journal has a terrific website filled with tons of information, resources, healthy recipes, and more for folks interested in yoga and balanced living.
- Yoga Today offers some free resources on their website, along with the option to download individual classes for $3.99, or join for an entire year to gain unlimited access to everything their site has to offer. They also have their own You Tube channel.
- FitSugar’s Yoga page offers readers lots of great yoga info. like these great tips for avoiding injury in yoga class.