Yoga is a wonder exercise.
It makes you stronger. Helps relieve stress. Improves flexibility and balance. Forces you to slow down and breathe. Doesn’t require a whole bunch of equipment or a partner.
For all of these reasons, I’ve resolved to do yoga twice a week until the end of the year.
I hated yoga when I was younger — not enough action or calorie burn. But as recently as two years ago, I was doing yoga three times a week. When you turn 40, action and calorie burn aren’t always the priority — range of motion and flexibility are what get you out of bed and through the day. Then I joined the neighborhood gym and started depending on the treadmill to get my exercise. Big mistake. I’m not giving up running, but I think yoga makes me a better runner (mostly because those downward dogs stretch my hamstrings better than I ever bother to do myself).
Last week when I was in Minnesota, I joined a friend as her guest at the yoga class at her fitness center. I was reminded of all the benefits of yoga I’ve been missing.
So I looked up the BYU channel on DISH Network and discovered Deni Preston is still leading “Total Body Workout,” a workout program which often focuses on yoga. It’s free (as long as I’m paying DISH Network). I can do it in my livingroom, and there are no commercials on BYU TV (thanks, Brigham Young University).
Regular sun salutations, here I come.