Why Has Yoga Become So Popular?
Did you know that over 15 million people practiced yoga in 2003, according to a landmark study by Yoga Journal magazine? And the numbers are expected to increase dramatically in subsequent years.
Building a Regular Yoga Practice
People come to yoga looking for various things: peace of mind, stress reduction, improved concentration and weight loss. Yoga can help you to accomplish all of this, but "yoga works, if you work!" You have to do the practices on a regular basis in order to get the results.
I was doing a yoga video the other day, and my 8-year-old wanted to do it with me.
I think it would be great for her to get some exercise. Is it safe for children to practice yoga? Karen Prior replies: Absolutely! Yoga is great for kids. When parents call me on the phone and ask how to get their kids into yoga, I tell the parents that the first thing they need to do is to practice yoga themselves. We have to lead by example in getting our kids to follow a healthier lifestyle. It sounds like you moving in the right direction.
Prenatal Yoga: More Than Relaxation
Prenatal yoga helps you during birth but even moreso before and after birth. During pregnancy, the breathing and body awareness help you stay connected to your changing body. The gentle stretches and poses develop strength and readiness for giving birth as well as improving your current physical health. Finally, the relaxation is so needed in our harried and stressful world.
I just found out that I am pregnant. Can I still practice yoga during my pregnancy?
Yoga is an excellent exercise option in pregnancy. Prenatal yoga classes focus on stretching and strengthening muscles that will be used in labor and delivery, alleviating common pregnancy discomforts and teaching proper breathing and relaxation techniques.
Yoga for Kids and Parents
“Baby yoga! Baby yoga!” This is my daughter’s chant any time she reaches over to place her hands in front of her toes, in essence doing the toddler version of downward facing dog. I fantasized about doing yoga with my children before becoming pregnant, but I never pictured it like this.
How do I find a qualified yoga teacher?
Within the last decade, yoga has become very popular in the West. With all of the styles, traditions, certifications and class offerings, it can be confusing when you are trying to find a qualified instructor.