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Do you need an alternative to your exercise? Try yoga for a stronger back and excellent balance.

Updated on August 13, 2013

Try Yoga for Stress Relief

The Royal Dancer pose
The Royal Dancer pose

Have you tried everything else?

I started doing yoga about two years ago and fell in love with it right away. My brother was the one who suggested it. He was suffering back pain due to his sit down job. He started doing yoga and found that he no longer suffered from back problems. I felt pretty good physically but was getting tired of the same old exercises every day. My father had just had back surgery for a bone spur and my mother had a long history of back problems. She visited a chiropractor fairly regularly. These reasons drove me to give yoga a try. I am so glad that I did. Here are some of the benefits I have found by doing yoga.

YOGA IS GOOD FOR BALANCE

I have to admit that it was hard at first to maintain my balance. A lot of the poses require good balance. Now that I have been doing it awhile, balance poses are my favorite to do. There is one called “The Tree” in which you stand up straight while placing your foot flush on the inside thigh of the other leg. You then raise your arms straight up and stare straight ahead. This pose is one of the easier poses for me and it also relaxes you. I don’t understand the scientific reason why but it feels good. A harder balance to try is “Warrior Three”. In this pose you balance on one leg and turn your body out almost like a table. Your arms go forward in front of you and your opposite leg comes up to from a perfect capital letter “T”. I will admit that this one took some time to do properly especially if there were distractions. I can now do this one even amidst chaos in the room.


Yoga is Excellent for balance

Warrior Three
Warrior Three
The Tree
The Tree

Namaste Yoga is a great place to start.

YOGA IS GOOD FOR SELF-CONFIDENCE

Yoga has really helped my self-confidence. I have never been athletic. As the only girl in a family with three brothers, my athletic ability never quite measured up. My brothers excelled at basketball and soccer. My one brother also ran track. I was the girl in gym class who struggled to do even one pull-up or one push-up. I find that now that I am in my late 30’s, I am in the best shape of my life. I can do a push-up now where I never could before. I often wish someone would have told me about yoga sooner. Being fit makes me feel good about myself and I know I owe it all to doing something that makes me happy.

YOGA CAN BE DONE IN SMALL OR LARGE AMOUNTS OF TIME

I have four kids so I am pretty busy most days. On days where I know I don’t have a lot of time or I know I have a lot of cleaning to do, I put in one of my shorter tapes. I have tapes of the Namaste Series found on the Fitness Channel that run approximately 20 minutes. On days where I have a little more time and energy I do 30 minutes or more. There are tapes that also run an hour but I am still unable to complete them in one sitting. I like to alternate my tapes by exercise also. I have one tape called Yoga for Beginners with Rodney Yee and Suzanne Deason. I like this tape because it has three separate workouts. There is one for lower body, abs, and upper body. They are approximately 20 minutes each. They are very well done and I recommend them for anyone who is just starting out with yoga. There are harder tapes called Power Yoga but I would not attempt these until you are in pretty good shape.


There is one for beginners and one for the more advanced.

YOGA PROMOTES FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTH

Exercise is good for the heart and the mind. It gets us up off the couch and it makes us push ourselves to be better. Yoga is great for flexibility and strength. Because yoga is good for flexibility, it helps reduce your risk of injury. Yoga shows me that you are never too old to try new things. I have discovered muscles that I didn’t even know I had. Being able to do a split is something I never thought would be possible.

YOGA IS CALMING AND CAN BE LEARNED BY ANYONE

I have a really hard time keeping up with dance routine exercises and aerobics. I like yoga because it is slower paced and calmer. I know that is not for everyone but it is what works for me. With four kids, I feel like I am always doing something. Yoga makes me stop and stretch and it is a moment of calm for me. I like just being quiet for a small portion of my day.

Through yoga I have found strength, flexibility, and a bit of calm. I highly recommend yoga to anyone who needs a few moments of peace in their day or to anyone who wants to be fit and strong without killing themselves. For a strong back and a good dose of self-confidence, give yoga a try.

There are a wide variety of poses to choose from.

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      Gratitude Journal 3 years ago

      I wholeheartedly agree. I have degenerative disk disease and yoga was the ONLY thing that got me back in action after a month of being bedridden.

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      Joy Campbell 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      That's awesome!

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