Why a Non-Yoga, Non-Hippie Guy Thinks You Should Do Yoga?
I am not a yogi or even a non-yogi. I have never been into any kind of religion or spirituality. I do not believe in anything spiritual at all. However, I have always had a love for physical activity. So when my friend introduced me to yoga, it was like finding a new hobby. I started practicing regularly and eventually became interested in teaching others how to practice too.
My main reason why I think you should start doing yoga is because:
1) You will feel better physically (and mentally) than if you did nothing at all!
2) You will live longer and healthier life span with less stress and anxiety.
3) Your body will thank you later!
So what are your reasons? What would make you want to start doing yoga?
Let’s hear it in the comments section below.
What’s the most common misconception people have about yoga?
The fact that they think it is a religion!
It is not a religion. It is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice that takes your body and mind to a place of stillness while being in motion at the same time.
Anything else you would like to tell us about yoga?
Yes! My favorite type of yoga is Hatha. It is the most well-rounded practice for any experience level. You can always increase the difficulty as you get more experienced with the poses. But, no matter what level you are at, you will always get an amazing physical workout.
Hatha is the most popular yoga style in the world. It is a great start for beginners. There are several other different types of yoga such as Yin, Vinyasa, and Restorative. These styles of yoga focus on certain areas of the body or ways of breathing to achieve a certain effect or “state of mind.”
Which style do you like the best?
Yin yoga is my favorite style. The word Yin means passive or yielding. This is the exact style of yoga I was looking for because it focuses on the connective tissues of the body such as the fascia, ligaments, and joints. This practice increases flexibility in a slow, controlled manner which is very unlike other types of yoga that are more dynamic and active.
This style is a fantastic compliment to my usual Hatha or Ashtanga practices. It grounds me and keeps me from getting too much “fire” or energy in my body. It helps to maintain a balance between the yin and yang forces which creates harmony and health within the body.
You can learn more about Yin yoga in this recent podcast I did with Yoga Dynamics.
What is one of your favorite poses or sequences?
My favorite sequence to teach is a balance challenge that consists of Half Moon, Warrior 3 and Triangle poses. It can be modified for any level as far as arm and foot positions. Plus, it works on balance, concentration and body awareness.
What is your favorite pose to practice?
My favorite pose to practice and teach is King Dancer. It is a dynamic standing forward bend that is a fantastic stretch for the hamstrings and lower back while strengthening the core. This posture has a lot of hip movement which makes it fun.
What are some tips you have for someone who wants to advance their yoga practice at home?
Find a video or a teacher that you resonate with and trust. Then, stick with it and don’t worry about anything else. Your practice will develop over time as you learn what works best for you.
What is your favorite yoga prop and why?
My all-time favorite prop is the block. I love it because it can be used to elevate the body to a certain height for various postures while keeping the body safe and stable. A new favorite prop of mine is the Yoga For Water project Mat. It provides the perfect amount of padding for your hands and knees while providing a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to disposable mats.
Learn more about the project here: Yoga For Water Project.
Anything else you would like to share?
Yoga has made such a positive impact on my life. I am so grateful to have found this practice and would love for everyone to experience the benefits of Yoga. Namaste!
Do you have questions for my guest today?
Please leave your questions here: Guest Question Submission. I’ll pick a few and ask them within the next week.
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Looking for a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher in your area?
Please visit: Yoga Alliance website.
Thank you for your time and energy today!
In Sanskrit, Namaste means: The Light in me honors the light in you.
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