There you are. Standing at the top of your mat. Heaving in tadasana. Perspiration gushing. Your self-consciousness and sweat puddle expanding at rates only the Buddha is comfortable with.
You have already tried to hide it. Everyone knows. Isn’t it obvious you created a pool for the whole class to cannon ball into? How could anyone ignore you’re not doing yoga anymore? It’s clear you are swimming laps… right?
Wellness is the new "diet." It’s the new buzzword attracting health gurus and enthusiasts by the masses. However, most of us are still left confused, distracted, and frankly, a little uninspired by what we’ve come to discover. Anyone can claim that they are incorporating wellness. We can all sprinkle the word around like a Houston afternoon rain shower but, it does not mean any of us truly know what wellness is, let alone how to embody it throughout our day-to-day.
Taking yoga classes in Houston, Texas' scorching summer sun is like climbing a mountain made of flaming porcupines. It pretty much seems impossible unless you're crazy. How do people face the fire without getting burned? Or, in more applicable words, how do people commit to a yoga practice when it gets hard?
This past week, Urban Fit Yoga owner and founder, Wayne Campbell, attended the 2017 USA Yoga Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
After decades filled with chronic pain and tightness, Wayne wasn't sure if this accomplishment was even possible. Every day movement was a battle let alone stretching in deep yoga asanas.
And yet, Wayne didn't just go to the championships, he won them.
Bend. Breathe. Twist. Breathe. Stretch. Breathe. Repeat.
The yoga grind can definitely get overwhelming. So many poses, so many postures, so much sweat, so much strength... how do you do it all?
We grow through an open mind and a steady practice. I am over 50 and have been able to maintain flexibility and mobility with age... and if I can do it, you can too.
It was only after decades of dedicated practice that he was been able to transform his life and tackle new heights. Stretch flow exercises and Bikram hot yoga classes were the gifts that made it possible. For decades, Wayne has committed his life to this work. He embodied the grind and reaped the rewards.
But wait, there’s more.
Every yogi has a purpose. From healthy weight loss to emotional regulation, there are always a rhyme and a reason to our choices – including rolling out our mat.
For Urban Fit Yoga owner and founder, Wayne Campbell, the role of yoga has been life-saving. After facing several severe accidents, Wayne was left hurting with a body that could not support him.
He had come to know firsthand what life was like living with chronic muscle, tendon, and joint pain. And, he believed that this was not a life anyone should have to live – if they didn’t want to.
Eyes contemplating your ceiling, cozy comforter swaddling just right, and your spine questioning whether you can make it through another long day at the office. Remember this? We’ve all been there.
The achy, throbbing sensation that greets your vertebrae each morning is nothing foreign to the modern world. In fact, according to a recent study by the American Physical Therapy Association, more than two-thirds of Americans experience low back pain. Now, that’s a lot of people.
At Urban Fit Yoga, when we saw these numbers, we knew our mission was clear. We wanted to provide you with the healing support and yoga exercises needed to embrace your greatest potential. Nothing should hinder you from achieving your physical and mental goals. We designed our classes so that you could reclaim your mobility, flexibility, and strength for optimal health and wellness. Simply, we have your back — pun absolutely intended.
However, with the pace of life increasing at such an exponential rate, prioritizing the health of your body can become incredibly difficult. So many of our students have come up to us asking, “How can I take care of myself if I don’t have time to take class this week?”
From hot pants to hot yoga, there’s never been a shortage in “getting your groove on.” But what happens when your muscles ache, grow rigid, and stay stiff? Getting groovy and feeling good quickly becomes much, much harder.
Flexibility has always been any health-conscious souls go-to healing tool. It makes room for mobility and energy. Flexibility allows you to move your body confidently and comfortably.
Get this. Increasing your flexibility even releases stored physical tension and emotional blockages for greater wellness, longevity, and life-long peace.
Who doesn’t want that?
The only catch with incorporating this life-changing technique is that it requires three specific ingredients. These ingredients are a must and they must come from within you.
We have heard from so many of our incredible students, “How do I become more flexible?” Well, here it is. Here are the three most important tricks for greater, sustained flexibility to throw into your magic bag of healing:
Despite the uncomfortably hot room, the fear of dehydration, and the possibility of a stranger sweating all over you, Hot Yoga classes are trending fast. Every corner you turn, whether back to the cubicle or to snag your favorite latte, someone is mentioning their last, crazy-good hot yoga experience. We know you know. So, that's why we are asking: What are the real benefits of Hot Yoga and why are people so crazy for it? We know the secret AND we are going to spill. Here's why do people take a Hot Yoga class and then KEEP doing it!
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