Monday, February 9, 2015

You Should Yoga

I often recommend yoga to patients for a variety of reasons, including relaxation and stress management and for improved flexibility of tight muscle groups. I tend to be rather slack and lacking in my own yoga practice probably for the same reasons that others have, i.e. lack of time for classes. Let me just say that taking the time for yoga is SO worth it.

When I start my day with yoga I feel more calm and centered to tackle whatever comes at me that day. When I end my day with yoga I feel more relaxed and restful and get a great night's sleep. When I do yoga when I get home from work for the day it helps me to release the stress and tension of the day including road rage from sitting in traffic for an hour. It also helps me so much with posture. I have TERRIBLE posture! I know, I'm a PT and I always hound people about their posture - which is VERY important! But when you are working on things in front of you all day and on the computer and sitting all day, your posture can take a huge hit. Yoga reminds me to check in with my body and my position throughout the day so I can remember to keep myself in line. So, needless to say, I'm a fan of yoga. But the time can still be an issue, besides classes can be costly. So what's a girl to do?

I have found a great resource that I want to share with everyone. I have been doing Yoga With Adriene since last summer. She's an Austinite (bonus!) who has a website where she features FREE online yoga videos including a recent series of 30 days of yoga. I love her style of not being so rigid with poses but guiding you in becoming in tune with your body to understand what it needs. I highly recommend her site and she also has a YouTube channel which is where I first found her. For my followers in Austin, she also does local classes. For more, click below and enjoy!


Yoga With Adriene