Archive for April 28th, 2010

Taking Yoga to Fight Stress and Blast Fat Away

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

By Shone Wetson

Modern yoga classes are varied in types. There are hot yoga classes, as well as naked, general, and even therapy type classes. There is truly a practice for all types of people, whether you want to improve your body or you are just starting out.

The many benefits of taking a class include stress relief, weight loss, increased flexibility, and becoming in tune with your mind, body, and soul. There are multiple positions and angles to take when doing yoga, so it is truly designed for all types of people.

How much do classes cost?

In the United States classes can become costly. They range from $20 a month to well over $300 a month. It truly depends on where you go and what type of classes you take. City and state also play a role in the cost. Your teacher’s expertise can make prices more costly as well. If the classes are included in your gym membership they can be much cheaper! You basically need to look around to find the best prices.

How soon do I see results from taking Yoga classes?

You can see results in as little as one week. You may feel more energized, your muscles will feel tighter, and you will see improved sleeping patterns. After a few more weeks you will notice even more muscle development and less overall body fat. Depending on your size when starting you may see dramatic results faster or slight changes to start with.

Where can I take classes?

Most gyms or fitness clubs have classes. You can also go to a specialty studio instead, if that is what you prefer. There are numerous places to take classes and something for everyone. If you prefer to learn in your own home, there are many TV shows with demonstrations as well as fitness DVDs. It is recommended to learn before doing it on your own, so you can avoid injuries.

What type of Yoga is right for me?

It depends on what your overall goals are. If you want to slim down, a general yoga class provides you with all that you need. If you are pregnant or recovering from surgery, “gentle yoga” is best for you. These classes are relaxing and slow paced, so that those with injury or limitations can still get the benefits they need.

If you are ready to step it up a notch, Hot yoga, or Bikram, are excellent choices. They involve high temperature studios, so they are only recommended for those that already have a good fitness level. These classes allow more frequent water breaks. Please do not take a challenging yoga class if you are not strong enough to go through the entire session safely.

Overall this fitness practice is excellent for the whole body, inside and out. It is worth it to try it at least once if you haven’t already!

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