BUSTED!! The 3 Biggest Myths About Yoga..

29
Nov

BUSTED!! The 3 Biggest Myths About Yoga..

 

By: Karen Lilleyman

I’ve heard these rebuttals many times to a suggestion that someone should incorporate yoga into their fitness regime. I even said a few of them myself before I started attending classes. These myths, combined with a fear of making a complete idiot of myself in front of men and women who were naturally pretzel-bendy kept me out of the yoga studio – and stuck with appalling posture and a total lack of spinal strength – for far too long. I was pretty fit and healthy but I could barely touch my knees, let alone my toes, and I definitely had the office worker’s stoop (you know the one – rounded shoulders and forward carriage of the head from working at a computer all day). So don’t let them bar your way to the yoga studio:
1 “I’m too Type A for Yoga”
It’s Type As who benefit the most from a yoga practice. Their competitiveness, sense of urgency and general difficulty sitting still have their place, but can cause heart conditions and high blood pressure. Yoga’s emphasis on slow, rhythmic breathing, flowing movements and focussing the mind on one point help calm the sympathetic nervous system and activate the beneficial parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body to recover from stress.
2 “I’m not flexible enough”
We do yoga to become flexible, only a few of us start that way. It can take time and consistent practice to increase flexibility, but your body will thank you for it. Also, take heart in knowing that those who are naturally bendy usually suffer from a lack of strength, which yoga also requires. You likely have that in spades.
3 “My mind wont stay still”
Again, we do yoga to help train the mind to slow down, we rarely start in the state. Taking poses which are unfamiliar and require the simultaneous engagement and relaxation of different parts of the body, plus concentration on inhaling and exhaling at the right times, will probably occupy even your restless mind so that the mental “to do” lists fall away when you’re on the mat.

 

Well there you have it, now its time to grab your mat let go of those fears and join us!  See you all soon!

 

GROUP CLASS WORKOUT

 

Warm Up:

20/15 Cals Machine

3 Rds: 8 DB strict press, 12 air squats, 25 sec hollow body

1 Minute Each Side Banded OH Distraction (Lats)

 

Strength:

Strict Press  6×4 Every 1:30
Increase in weight

 

 

Metcon:

Welded & Welded Lean

4 Rounds
21 Wall Balls 20/14

18/14 Cals Alt. Machine
15 Box Jumps 24/20
12 KB Swings 53/35

 

Mobility of the day: Calf Smash (pg. 377)

Improves: Ankle Range of Motion, Knee and Ankle Pain

 

 

OPEN GYM

8 to 9am

 

 

SKILLS CLASS

  • Bar Muscle ups
  • Bicep accessories

 

 

COMPETITORS CLASS 

6:30 to 8pm with Coach Jacob

 

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