Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thanks to Coreen for linking the yoga article from the N.Y. Times last week - I've been checking out a few of the online videos it listed, and read that you can feel the benefits after the first session - that beginners needn't be able to get into the exact position they are trying to do, until after some practice. So the pics I've used are more realistic (except for one, and therefore somewhat humorous).
Immediate benefits of yoga include: relaxation of body and mind (which in turn revitalizes your nervous system), a feeling of peace and stability, posture improvement, becoming acquainted with muscles you didn't know you had (which is the first step in toning them up), a feeling of being more energized (if not immediately, then the next day).
Yoga benefits that come about after more longer term practice include: Greater self-discipline, increased self determination, greater ability to concentrate, vastly improved flexibility, a greater sense of well being. improved strength in our back and stomach, less stiffness in our joints slowing down the effects of aging on our bodies.
A few videos from Coreen's article:
Beginner Yoga with Shiva Rea
GAIAM Yoga PM Stretch
Shiva Rea Yoga Sun Salutation
Shiva Rea Yoga Shakti
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A sheet of poses
Posted by Chloe at 5:55 AM