Looking for a way improve your fitness and wellbeing without competing with gym bunnies, running hours on treadmills and doing hundreds of ab crunches?
Yoga may be your answer!
Those unfamiliar with yoga might make a common mistake: assuming that it calls for only a few gentle bends.
A 2005 study funded by the nonprofit American Council on Fitness (ACE) and conducted at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, divided thirty-four healthy, but inactive, women into two groups: one did fifty-five-minute Hatha yoga sessions three times a week for two months, and the other did nothing. Researchers tested the overall fitness levels of each woman before and after the two-month period. Those who did Hatha had significantly improved levels of flexibility, endurance, balance, and strength. On average, they could do six more push-ups and fourteen more curl-ups than before—and that was just after two months.
There is no quick fix answer to getting fit. And yoga does not burn as many calories as for example running or swimming.
But a prolonged practice of yoga is proven to improve fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. With the added benefit of nurturing a calm mind.
Come to a Diversity Yoga class and discover the benefits of spending time on the mat. Your body (And mind) will thank you for it.