Quite a few of you have heard me shooting my mouth off about going to hot yoga and how much I love it. Let me share a few benefits of yoga (doesn’t have to be hot). First off, as we get older, it’s super important to work on balance, mobility and flexibility. These gradually become more difficult with age, however, if we work on it, we can maintain it! Next, yoga helps you learn how to breath effectively which can calm the body. When you hear people talking about deep breathing when stressed, it’s because there is a nerve that runs all the way into your gut. Learning how to control your breathing and doing some deep breathing exercises helps calm this nerve and lets your body know it’s ok ( this nerve is called the vagus nerve). Yoga also helps to develop body awareness and has a calming effect on your nervous system. With the stressful world we live in, it is important to learn how to calm the body. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in our bodies. It can suppress your immune system, upset your digestive system, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes and even speed up the aging process. Lastly it builds strength! Think about it…you’re lifting your own body weight!
We are lucky to have our very own yoga instructor at CrossFit Kirkwood. It doesn’t matter what level you are, give Mandy’s class a try. I promise you won’t regret it. Mandy is extremely knowledgeable and being a Crossfitter herself, she knows where we all need work. Her class is Sunday from 3-4. You don’t need anything. You can put the kids in the office for an hour, use our mats, and start your week off right. Sign up in MindBody and it is a free class.
One last thing…if you’re interested in trying a hot yoga class, Namaste is allowing it’s members to bring a friend to any class the whole month of November. Shoot me (Brooke) an e-mail or text if you want to join me.