The FIVE in the morning YogaBody class. What a RUSH. These ladies are amazing. Just simply “showing up” is to be applauded. Why? Because they are taking steps towards self care.
What I often see in the faces of women when I mention my YogaBody series is a combination of: fear, interest, excitement and doubt. But, what I see most is the question of – is that MY body? Do I HAVE a YogaBody…can I get one…what IS one?
My answer is: You have one. YogaBody is for EVERY body. In my opinion a YogaBody is a perfect combination of strength, flexibility and calm, focused energy. It is what I constantly strive for – the trifecta of health. The YogaBody isn’t a certain size, a certain look or a certain style. It is your ideal health. What you feel like when you are at your optimum and functional performance.
For years I ran (I love running, but it’s hard on my joints) or, I did BodyStep (also hard on the joints) to stay fit. Other years I only did Yoga (not much cardio involved) or Pilates. None of these practices are bad unto themselves. But, what can occur is not only overuse of certain areas (hence injury), but also dysfunction in other areas of your body. For example, I was really thin when I ran a lot, but I was also getting really tight in my hamstrings. My joints and ligaments eventually started talking to me.
When I spent months sweating in heated yoga classes, I was super-flexible and definitely had some amazing stability and balance. But, I was lacking the cardio component. My point is, you need to move your body in all sorts of environments that challenge, yet nurture you.
In my YogaBody series I try to incorporate not only flexibility, strength and stability; but also add-in cardio challenges to increase your heart rate. These can be done low or high impact.
A YogaBody nourishes itself by honoring and respecting it’s limitations as well as nourishing itself by fueling with good nutrition and hydration. Please make sure you drink water often, especially when attending class. And, before eating something, ask yourself whether this is fueling or spoiling your YogaBody efforts. Be honest. Be kind. Go beyond the goals of just “losing” weight; and reach a higher goal – that of being fit, nourished, healthy and happy. Trust me, it’s far more sustainable.