Yoga is indeed popular with adults. Just look at the entire yoga industry that has bloomed in the past five to ten years. But as adults feel the benefits of regular down-dogging, they are quick to realize how the physical and mental effects of this ancient Indian practice can also benefit young children.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for kids.
More and more, yoga schools are offering yoga for kids. Not only can yoga be a great physical workout for children, but studies have also shown that yoga may help children to focus better in school and improve their concentration. And because of yoga’s non-competitive nature, it is a refreshing and welcome alternative to sports that are rooted in winning or losing and pressure-filled games.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, yoga is a healthy and fun way to celebrate the holiday. In fact, many yoga studios all across the country host yoga for couples classes during the month of February. Yoga for couples attracts not just romantic couples, but friends who share a love of yoga or pals who just want something different to do on the Hallmark holiday.
So exactly what is a yoga for couples class? (more…)
You love your dog and you love yoga. What you probably didn’t realize is that your dog might also love the ancient mind-body practice, as well.
Dogs have the esteemed position of having two of the most popular poses in yoga (Downward Dog and Upward Dog) named after them. Dubbed “doga,” yoga classes that are done by both dog and dog owner are popping up all over the country.
In a typical doga class, the owners help their dogs perform different poses, as well as their own poses using their furry, four-legged friend as a supportive prop. Owners also perform dog massages and acupressure to help relax and calm their pets. (more…)
Dancers have some of the most enviable bodies, with their long and lithe limbs, their sculpted muscles and amazing strength. In fact, ballet and other dance forms have been the inspiration for many workouts, including the Tracy Anderson method, Pure Barre and Kettlenetics.
But just like any well-trained athlete, dancers’ bodies are challenged by working the same muscle groups with the same set of moves over and over again. Whether it’s cramming 10 toes in pointe shoes or sore knees from gliding across the stage in a series of split jumps, dancers’ bodies wear the marks and signs of their beautiful craft on their bodies – and sometimes those reflections are painful.
But the ancient practice of yoga can offer the dancer a way to correct any imbalances or misalignments, while also improving their performance.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for dancers:
“Om dude” are not two words that you often hear together. But for surfers, the ancient tradition of yoga offers a host of benefits that can complement their love of the waves.
Whether you ride your board every day or once a year, you are familiar with the aches and pains that spending a few hours gliding on the rough and tumbling waves can bring to your body. But surfer-specific yoga moves provide relief to sore and banged up muscles while also improving surfing performance.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for surfers:
Doing yoga after giving birth is not just a great way to get back in shape, it can also help new moms deal with the pressures and stress of caring for a newborn infant.
In fact, many of Hollywood’s fittest moms credit yoga to helping them reclaim their pre-baby body. For some, they even attest to yoga helping them develop a leaner and stronger physique than before they were pregnant.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for postpartum:
From sleepless nights to a sagging baby belly, the last thing that many new moms want to do is perform physical exercise. But yoga, with its amazing ability to tone the body and ease the mind, can provide enormous benefits to a young mom. Even just a few minutes can rev up the heart, tighten soft abdominal muscles and bring a sense of energy and vitality to a woman who has just given birth.
Plus, since all you need for yoga is a few quiet minutes and a yoga mat, it can be done while your new baby sleeps or kicks around in his or her bouncy seat. With its ability to help women lose weight and tone up while keeping stress down, yoga may offer benefits in helping prevent the symptoms of postpartum depression.
No one is too old (or too young) for yoga. As life expectancies grow, more and more seniors are doing what they can to maintain and improve their sense of health and wellness. In fact, many of the 36 million or so Americans who are 65 or older are turning to yoga to keep them agile and in shape.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for seniors:
Yoga is so well-suited for seniors because it is a low-impact form of exercise. Risk of injury is very low because the discipline does not require any contact with anyone or anything. In addition, yoga’s weight-bearing postures help build or maintain lean muscle mass, and its focus on balance develops coordination. Both of these attributes are necessary in reducing the risk of age-related falls, accidents or bone fractures.
What athletes love about their sport, whether it’s running, cycling, or swimming, is the rhythmic and repetitive motions that their bodies thrive on for the physical results and their minds gravitate towards for the meditative effects.
But when the same kinds of motions hit the body over and over again, it can take its toll on muscles, joints, bones and ligaments, leaving them misaligned. In addition, certain sports may favor one side of the body over another, like golf, while others such as cycling create powerful legs but weak and tight hips. This over-utilization of certain muscles and under-utilization of others can over time create imbalances, which can lead to injury.
Yoga not only counters these developed asymmetries, but it also provides the athlete with a host of benefits that can improve their performance.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for athletes:
While most of the downward dogging that takes place in this country occurs in yoga studios before or after work, performing a few yoga postures while at the office has many of the same benefits as rolling out your mat in class.
Yoga at work can provide instant and on-the-spot stress relief, which is great just before a big presentation or immediately following a challenging meeting with your boss. In addition, yoga postures done at work don’t require a mat or cute yoga clothes. You can get your yoga on in your work attire without even having to take off that new pair of pumps you scored on Zappos.com.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for work:
It’s not often that you find your teenage daughter saying, “Mom, you are right.” But when it comes to rolling out a mat to do downward dog next to mom or pop, more and more teenagers are following suit with their parents’ dedication to this age-old Indian practice.
What attracts teenagers to yoga are the same qualities that attract adults: yoga’s ability to reduce stress, manage the pressures of everyday life and stay in shape.
Yoga classes specifically designed for teenagers are starting to turn up in yoga studios, fitness centers and even in schools all around the country.
Here is what you need to know about yoga for teens: