Athletes all over the world are embracing yoga as a routine that compliments their athletic pursuits. The former World Cup German soccer team drew headlines recognizing their unique, yoga-infused training on their way to dominating on the world stage. The Seattle Seahawks, under head coach and yoga practitioner Pete Carroll, won a Super Bowl and became perennial contenders while adopting yoga as a daily routine for recovery and meditation. In all arenas and at all levels, yoga for athletes is catching on, helping yoga break out out of its stereotype.
Being a beginner at yoga is not a topic often talked about. Social media sites are often flooded with articles on how to enhance your already existing practice, like hip-opening sequences, or how to tell if your Chakras are out of balance. We often forget that we were all at one point, beginners and that even though the yoga world is always growing and expanding, there are still many who are nervous or not quite ready to take the step and join this wonderful journey of self-discovery and transformation.
It smelled awful.
… like, who would dump expired eggs into the exposed rays of Houston’s sun?
Turns out, no one. It was just the raw, human stench of determination and bliss — and this was my introduction to Houston hot yoga.
Whether you practice yoga in Houston, in another state, another country, in a studio, outside, or in the comfort of your home, the benefits that you receive from your practice go well beyond that which you feel while you’re on your mat.
When I walk into the doctor’s office, it has routinely felt like drawing a wild card. There are, of course, fairly confident hypotheses I could make based on my relationship to my body, past visits, online health forums and, for the most part, by simply assessing how I feel day-to-day.
I just moved cross country. The chaos, uncertainty and number of lost and broken items could throw any go-with-the-flow mantra out the window. Simply put, planes, trains and automobiles was my reality.
Whether you’re a confused post-college graduate, running a household of six, or growth-hacking your small business empire… change is hard. And my life definitely faces no exception to this difficulty.
What could be a more exciting time of year for a yoga sports athlete than the upcoming National Championships? Developed by USA Yoga with a distinct vision in mind; to promote yoga asana as a sport and to be an advocate for the practice of yoga for better mental and physical health, and to includeall age groups.
Three primary joints control the function of the lower body: the hips, knees, and ankles. If alignment is off in any of these areas, pain brings the first sign of what can become disability in old age, especially in the knees and hips. Full, artificial replacements are becoming more and more common, which raises some important questions.
Anyone who has struggled with back pain knows how real this pain can be. The causes are many, but the results are the same, your ability to function normally becomes affected, your overall appreciation for life becomes lowered, and you and your loved ones suffer as a result because you simply aren’t you.
In major cities there's a yoga studio in every neighborhood, if not on every block. The styles of yoga vary so greatly that it would be difficult to compare a Yin class with a Bikram class and call them the same thing. But however you define yoga, whether for strictly physical training or mental and spiritual awareness, or both, the wide-ranging benefits are obvious for the modern individual. Countless people around the world have undertaken the practice, but there's a major demographic that has remained on the outside looking in: men.
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