Some people have the impression that yoga is for wimps, I would also argue that these people have probably never tried yoga.  I urge you to check out the bodies of the folks attending the yoga class at your gym...tell me you aren't envious.  Yoga is for tough people who think that quality is better than quantity.

Yoga has a lot of benefits associated with it, but I think the greatest one is the flexibility and body strength that allows you to be better at other activities.  Whether you are a cyclist, runner, swimmer, or love to hit the weights yoga will help you shape your body and regulate your breathing.  The ladies over at Self Magazine have listed some of the benefits to yoga practice.

Regardless if you want to try yoga to relieve back pain, get better sleep, or just get fit yoga is worth your time and is something that you can tailor to meet you wherever you are in your fitness journey.

Ways to Get Started

1.  Look for a class at your local gym.  This will help you know if you are doing the poses correctly because the teacher will have experience in yoga and you will be able to figure out what types of styles of yoga you may enjoy.

2.  Check out some yoga DVDs.
Here are a few options:
Yoga for Beginners with Barbara ( I use this one and love it!  The instructor walks you through everything and is filmed on the beach for a calming effect)
Yoga Meltdown with Jillian Michaels ( This is more cardio/strength than traditional relaxing yoga, but will work you out to be super fit)

3.  Follow a yoga diagram of progression poses like these.

4.  Check out YouTube for different styles of yoga, different instructors, and poses that target different areas of the body for the best variety.  You can also determine how much time you have available and find something that coordinates with that time window.

Whether you are looking to expand your horizons, calm your nerves, get in better physical shape for another activity, or what long, lean muscle yoga is for you.  Get out of your fitness rut and mix it up for results you can see and feel.

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