I don’t do New Year’s resolutions but I do try and have a list of ambitions for the year. They might range from remembering everyone’s birthdays (failed already), to running a personal best in certain distances. This year’s ambitions include practising yoga at home regularly for its mind-body workout in terms of meditation/relaxation as well as its role in strengthening and toning for running/triathlon training.
Yoga has many health benefits. It can help improve posture as some of the poses help strengthen abdominals and back muscles to fully support body weight and enabling us to sit and stand tall, preventing niggling injuries, aches and pains. Yoga helps with improving or maintaining joint mobility, particularly as we age. It can help with stress and mood, particularly at the beginning or end of the day when it can help prepare for the day ahead or calm after a busy day.
I have spoken to a number of friends/clients lately about the value of it for them personally in their life/training. Many have said how they either don’t have time to attend a class or that they feel that it is too advanced or that they are not flexible enough. However I think it has more value little and often rather than just one hour a week.
When I’ve been doing yoga, I’ve just been using YouTube and putting on a 10 or 15min yoga routine. But Kerry Walters from https://www.flexi-fit.com/ , a highly experienced and qualified yoga teacher, has put together a couple of routines for me to share. They are only short and if done all at once, won’t take longer than 10mins. We wanted to make yoga as accessible as possible and for all abilities so that there are no barriers to trying it out regularly and making it a part of everyday routine.