Invest In A Home Yoga Practice
Let's face it: Because of the economy, typical expenses -- from dining out to gym memberships -- are becoming luxuries. Today's budget trimmers who regularly attend a yoga studio, or even yoga beginners, could be inspired to make a small investment in a home yoga practice and a large investment in their health. Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living magazine's November issue, now on newsstands, features "The Om Advantage," which details how to set up a home practice and offers step-by-steps for 11 basic yoga poses designed by longtime yoga teachers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman.
"Yoga is a powerful practice that promotes strength, balance, flexibility, and stress relief. More than 16 million people practice yoga in the US," said Linda Sparrowe, Natural Solutions editor-in-chief. "And other than a yoga mat and a few props to help out, yoga is free! A home practice also fits perfectly with your schedule: Spend just 15 to 30 minutes before work to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the day, or after work or before bedtime to stretch tired muscles and quiet the mind."
For beginners, Sparrowe recommends taking a few yoga classes, renting or purchasing DVDs, borrowing books, or visiting yoga Websites to learn how to do each pose correctly and safely. To create a practice space, arrange a section of your living room or bedroom with enough space to stretch out. Put on a favorite CD or create a playlist of soothing music.
"For the home yoga practice, each person will need 'the four Bs,'" said Sparrowe. "A block for proper alignment, a belt for safe stretching, a bolster for support, and a blanket for comfort. You can buy these props or easily improvise with everyday household items."