If you haven't tried yoga before, here are the various benefits of why YOGA is good for you:
Increase your flexibility and prevent cartilage and joint breakdown
Build muscle strength and get yourself in a toned and sexy shape
Perfect your posture and protect your spine
Balance your digestive system and reduce digestive irritability
Improve your blood pressure and circulation
Boost your immune system
Ease quicker into relaxation or sleep
Increase your mental balance, self-esteem, and build awareness for transformation
Greatly improve on your happiness and peace of mind
Develop a new and healthier lifestyle
If you are new to Yoga and interested to find out more about its history and roots, check out the links and resources below for your reading pleasure.
Click here for Yoga 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Practice, Meditation, and the Sutras.
Click here for more information about the history of yoga, its roots and ancient traditional practice.
Click here for more information about the different types of yoga and sequences, and to find out what works best for you.
Yoga is everywhere these days and if you want to even explore more about yoga, where do you go when you want good, honest information about yoga? Check out the following yoga websites and resources for your Yoga practice and self care. Each of these sites provide valuable resources while marrying yoga and our daily lifestyle in their own unique way.
YogaJournal : the biggest collection of articles about yoga, including numerous home practices that comes with detailed pose instructions.
ElephantJournal : My favourite of all, full of articles about all aspects of the yoga lifestyle (many of which are written by actual yoga teachers), it is also a central hub for the ongoing controversy over nudity in yoga ads.
MindBodyGreen : This website has grown into a professionally-written, regularly-updated wellness website with a whole section decided to yoga (and Pilates), featuring news, pose instructions, and interviews with celebrities and yoga professionals.
Life.Gaiam : This website has my favourite features of their Yoga Answers and Solutions Go-To Guide, a great introduction to the many articles, videos, and DVDs for living a better life through health-based, spiritual, and sustainable practices.
Yoganonymous : A newer website that features teacher profiles, spotlighted studios, upcoming events, giveaways, free mix-tape-style music collections, and intelligent articles.
WholeLiving : It comes as no surprise that Ms. Martha Stewart maintains a regular yoga practice and that her healthy living magazine, Whole Living, features over 100 pages about yoga, including including pranayama (breathing) and strength-training focused practices.
Yoganomics : New in the online yoga scene, this website was started by former Yoga Journal employee Brian Castellani. Initially inspired by the focus on yoga regulations and licensing, “Yoganomics’ mission statement is to be the blueprint of yoga development as an intuitive and collaborative ‘self help’ resource guide for any yoga teacher, yoga business, or community of yoga.” So far, he’s accomplishing this goal through an online marketplace, blog articles, videos, and a growing social community.
J.BrownYoga : A well known writer and for more than fifteen years, he has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way and having been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal, and YogaDork, his website features an extensive range of blogs and articles originally written by J.Brown himself.