Still reluctant to try yoga? Transform your life

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Yoga has been around for centuries, but more recently has become a lifestyle for many.  Even off the mat, yoga is known to transform people’s lives in countless ways.  Yogis find themselves becoming more patient, mindful, giving, understanding and present within their daily lives.  Yoga improves balance, strength, flexibility and posture enabling you to grow older gracefully.  Bone strength, lowered blood pressure and improved immunity are also benefits gained from practicing.  With all of these fantastic benefits, why are you still reluctant to try yoga?

I am often asked what it is that I do to stay fit?  It’s funny, more than anything else; most people want to know what the secret is to improving their physical appearance.  I love to share every form of exercise that I do and believe in, but one of the most important and closest to my heart is yoga because it offers so much more than a sculpted strong body.

Yoga is still fairly new to me; I too started practicing based solely on the physical benefits that I had heard about.  But I now consider myself to be a yogi of sorts because of my deep belief and commitment to it; I can’t imagine my life without it now.  I was also reluctant to try yoga at first because I was a bit intimidated and mistakenly thought it would be something that I’d do more to relax than exercise.  Boy was I wrong!

Yoga is not only one of the most difficult forms of exercise I’ve ever done, it has improved my life in the most positive ways possible.  Who would have thought that spending 30-minutes on a mat moving through yoga sequences would transform my life?  But it has.  So what I’ve personally learned through my own yoga adventure is, you’ll never know what yoga truly is until you’ve experienced it for yourself.  It doesn’t matter how much you’re told about yoga, you just have to give it a chance to truly understand.

As with all of the exercise programs that I do, I am an at-home yoga practioner.  Why?  Because I prefer to do yoga when I want, not by someone else’s schedule.  In addition, I like to change up my practice often and be able to pick and choose what program I’d like to do each day.  Here are my top 5 favorites; click on the name of each one to learn more.

Yogalosophy with Mandy Ingber is at the top for a reason!  This hybrid yoga workout combines yoga poses with traditional sculpting exercises that you’ll feel the next day.  I am a very big fan of Mandy’s because she doesn’t take herself too seriously, she’s hilarious and down to earth.  Mandy makes trying yoga for the first time easier.  Learn more about this yoga practice here.

AM PM Yoga with Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden is my husband’s favorite.  This particular DVD will help wake you up and/or prepare you for better sleep through a series of gentle yoga poses.  Learn more about this yoga practice here.

Skinnygirl Workout with Bethenny Frankel happens to be my go-to yoga practice every week especially when I don’t have a lot of time.  Not only will you be able to  choose how long you want each practice to be; you’ll get an incredible workout.  Learn more about this yoga practice here.

Yoga for Strength & Flexibility with Ashley Turner offers 2 programs and a bonus guided meditation.  You’ll get to do yoga for strength and/or flexibility with an instructor who knows her stuff with over 10 years experience.  Learn more about this workout here.

Yoga Meltdown with Jillian Michaelsis another hybrid type yoga workout that takes you through sequences that pick up in pace to burn mega calories.  It’s challenging, fun and you’ll feel it the next day!  Learn more about this yoga workout here.

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