How’s your Saturday so far? I have to work today but don’t worry I’m not blogging from my work place 🙂 I went to my yoga class this morning at 6 am. Now that the temperature is starting to get warm, if I could I would prefer to do my yoga in the morning, especially for Bikram.
Speaking about yoga, yoga is every where you look at the moment, from yoga pants becoming fashion to new yoga studios scattered every where. And yoga cafe too!
I have been practising yoga since a long time ago, but becoming religiously going to class at least three times a week since May this year, when I join a yoga studio near where I live. I love my yoga practise so far. Mind you, I used to go to the gym to do pump class and Zumba, but I didn’t go regularly. I didn’t know why, perhaps it was just me, or I didn’t really like the club that I had joined, but I didn’t really felt ‘fit in’ in the classes that I did. I enjoyed Zumba pretty much, but that was about it though, it’s not challenged me enough. I found that the hours was not flexible and when I turned up five minutes before it started, I mostly didn’t get a space, didn’t get the equipments that I needed, and few people ‘booked’ or ‘marked’ a space for their friends which was annoyed me to the hell! So, I quit my membership and choose yoga now and so far I’ve been pretty happy and content.
I know for some people yoga is not a form of physical exercise, because they said it doesn’t make them swear and more into “relaxation” exercise and meditation. Well, I was exactly had the same opinion long time ago too. Then I joined a small group of yoga class near my boys’ school and since then it has changed my perception about yoga. Unfortunately my lovely and very good yoga teacher at this small yoga class moved to Trinidad 😦 But I’m lucky now that I can find a yoga studio that has amazing and helpful yoga teachers.
It may surprise you that there’s more than just stretching in yoga class. There are a number of different styles of physical yoga, each with their own benefits and differences. For example in Vinyasa yoga, we’ll move through postures in quick succession creating heat in the body through movement. Vinyasa is more physically challenging form of yoga practise (core strength, high plank, etc ) and because its rapid movements and changes in stance elevate the heart rate and get the blood pumping, resulting in more calories burned, which is good :p
I normally do Vinyasa and Bikram yoga, bikram is a hot yoga style practised in a room heated to 40C. It consists of 26 Asanas (postures) including two breathing exercises.
Anyhow, I’m happy with my yoga routine so far, the only exercise that I can commit and do pretty much REGULAR, not like before when I joined the gym, there were more days I didn’t go than I did, if you know what I mean. And the benefits that I can feel so far, I have never got back pain any more, fingers cross! Because in my work I am mostly standing and walking around from 9.30am til 5pm. It improves my flexibility and postures and also reduce stress and keep me calm and stay grounded, huh! Even my husband noticed…I’m more zen these days bahahaa…:) 🙂
What ever exercise forms you choose, do it properly and commit to it, then you can see the result. And of course it’s not gonna happen in a day or so. Every thing needs persistent and patience. I exercise to stay healthy, get in shape and tone, if I can loose a kilo or two that’s a bonus.
Yoga, walking my dog to the river, being a driver for my kids, working part-time, and of course doing house chores, there are my exercises this day. I’m happy and content with my life even though life is not always kind to us lately, but above every thing else I’m grateful for a good health of all of my family and I, a roof over our heads, and food on the table.
Have a great week-end everyone, and….Namaste!
note: featured image photo is from Power Living Yoga.