A lot of people tout the benefits of yoga and talk about how it changed their life, so I want to share my own experience with yoga because I didn’t know if it’d live up to the hype.
I believed there were real benefits, but would I really benefit and enjoy it enough to keep doing it? I wasn’t sure.
In November 2019, I joined the Aspire Yoga Center and have been doing yoga 4-5 times a week. Let me just say…
I feel fucking amazing!
Yoga has helped control my anxiety and depression and helped with my chronic back pain. When I feel anxious, I immediately start the breathing exercises that I’ve learned in yoga and get more grounded and calm.
Now please—don’t think yoga is simply stretching and meditating. It’s not. There are many forms of yoga but the two that I enjoy at my yoga studio are inferno hot pilates and heated power Vinyasa. These two forms of yoga will have you sweating from all holes LOL.
Before I tell you why I think everyone should do yoga, let me unpack my two fave forms that I’ve really enjoyed doing.
What is inferno hot pilates?
Inferno Hot Pilates is kind of like it sounds. The room is heated between 85-95 degrees with infrared radiant heat and the idea is that you have a healthy sweat. Sweating helps us release toxins from our body and excess water weight.
Inferno Hot Pilates is a full-body workout that incorporates HIIT, Pilates, and Tabata. You perform the exercises barefoot on a yoga mat and they’re intended to burn fat, increase flexibility, improve overall fitness and health, and create long and lean muscle mass.
Heated Power Vinyasa
If you can’t tell by my two fave classes, I LOVE the heat LOL. In Heated Power Vinyas, the room is also heated to between 85-95 degrees with infrared radiant heat. This class is all about linking your breath with movement so you do lots of yoga poses that build strength and endurance while also increasing flexibility and balance. It really focuses on inner peace, self-growth, and finding your center.
The Transformative Power of Yoga
I can truly say that going to yoga 4-5 times per week is truly changing my life because it’s changing how I live every day. It’s not only improved my physical wellbeing but even more so my mental wellbeing. I truly believe everyone should go to yoga, even if it’s just to clear your mind and focus on your breath work, so you’re better able to cope with stress when it comes along.
If you have back pain or any other aches and pains, the stretches and movements in yoga really do help reduce chronic pain. Harvard Health shared a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine which found that out of 313 participants, a weekly yoga class reduced chronic lower back pain more than standard medical care.
Who’s with me? Who loves yoga or has found integrating yoga into your daily life has made a massive difference. Please let me know in the comments. I would LOVE to hear your before and after stories.
More to come…