Nearly 20.4 million Americans now practice yoga. That’s almost a 30 percent increase from four years ago, according to the Yoga in America study, performed by Yoga Journal. Considering both The Body by Vi Challenge and yoga are growing in popularity so quickly, why not combine the two and try a Yoga Challenge?
It’s no wonder: There are plenty of benefits of hitting the mat.
Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Not only that: Regular practice is known to help you shed a few lbs., relieve stress and improve sleep. In fact, practicing yoga for 90 days would make for a great Active Challenge that would enhance your mind, body and spirit.
If you are new to yoga, the best way to learn is to take a class to learn firsthand from a qualified yoga professional. Steer towards classes with names that include the words “beginner” or “level one.” There are many styles to choose from, so take a few classes at different studios until you find one that’s best for your body’s needs and your lifestyle. Here are a few to consider:
Hatha: Ideal for beginners, hatha yoga focuses on basic postures and breathing at a moderate pace.
Bikram: Also known as “hot yoga,” this sweaty 90-minute practice consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises that take place in a room heated to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Iyengar: This style will build strength and flexibility in the body through synchronized breathing and poses, focused on precise body alignment.
Restorative: In this meditative class, you’ll use props such as blocks, blankets and yoga bolsters to help your muscles stretch out and relax.
And remember, when it comes to yoga, it’s all about the journey, not being perfect on day one. That’s why it’s called a yoga practice. Hope to see you at downward facing dog!