Don’t Say This to Me About Yoga

There was a time that I was one of those people who only did yoga on my rest day, because it “wasn’t a real workout.”

Say that to me now, though, and we are going to chat.

My 30-day intensive yoga teacher training, consisting of at least 2 hours of Ashtanga yoga practice daily from Sunday through Friday, put me in the best shape of my life.  Next to the marathon, this time was also the most sore I’ve been in my whole life.

Photo credit: Mel Koossy
Photo credit: Mel Koossy

 

This article from the Harvard Heart Letter backs up with most serious yogi’s know: “yoga may help lower heart disease risk as much as conventional exercise, such as brisk walking” (this according to a study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology.

This particular study included a wide array of types of yoga (from gentle to intense), age groups, and fitness levels.  The participants, on average, experienced the following benefits, regardless of age or the type of yoga they practiced:

  • 5 pound weight loss
  • 5 point reduction in blood pressure
  • 12 point reduction in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
There are many possible explanations to these benefits, so check out the article for some possibilities.

 

There are so many reasons I think that yoga gets a bad (or too-easy) rap, but the benefits are certainly out there to be discovered.

So, if you haven’t, why not give yoga a shot?  Follow me on Facebook, and I will send you a 20-minute guided yoga for beginners video!  Already a follower?  Send me a message to ask for the video.

Have you noticed the awesome benefits of a yoga workout?  Share them in the comments below!

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