Friday, September 28, 2012

Fitness Friday-Yoga

                    The summer before eighth grade we begged our friend from camp whose mom was a yoga instructor to lead us in a set. She showed us sun salute and ever since I've been hooked. Although finding time for yoga is hard I've found that even a few moves a day relaxes me. I love how calming it is and how much breathing plays a part. A lot of times in life we forget the importance of a deep relaxing breath. It also kicks your but and stretches you to the limit :) Another thing I love about yoga is that there are so many different moves which you can choose from to make a set specifically for you. My personal favorites and childs pose, pigeon, downward dog, tree, and warrior one. 
                   Yoga originated in ancient India and is found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. In the west yoga caught on in the 19th century and the most popular yoga practiced in the west is Vinyasa yoga, consisting of fluid moves from poses to pose. There are many other types of yoga. Bikram "hot" yoga, which became very popular a couple years ago, Lyengar, which is good for physical therapy, and Hatha yoga, to name a few. All             Yoga is awesome in my professional opinion and theres a type out there for everyone.                                      
How many of you practice yoga? Do you do it privately or in classes?What's your favorite style?

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