To get the benefits from both strength training AND yoga, I have been creating classes and working on a program that combines YOGA and WEIGHTS.
As a preview, check out my new Yoga Strength and Sculpt. This is a quick moving 30-minute mindful strength practice that incorporates hand weights and vinyasa yoga flows. Adding weights (dumbbells) helps build bone density, improve muscle strength and coordination. Wrapped up in a mindful practice, this will leave you stronger in both mind and body. Rejuvenated. You can even start with 1-pound weights like I did. You’ll be feeling stronger before you know it.
Why Yoga + Strength?
The past few years, my regular exercise and fitness has mainly focused on yoga. It’s been my staple and my guiding light through the good times and the worst of times. This past year, though, when the whole world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my fitness began to change. At the recommendation of my dance teacher, I added very small dumbbell exercises a couple of times a week. I began with just one little arm exercise. One small exercise with one-pound weights, as I quickly realized my arm strength was weaker than I imagined. A couple of weeks later, I was amazed at the difference. With this one small tweak, I already began to feel stronger. Random lifting of heavier items around the house was not quite as much of a struggle. I began to feel empowered in a way I've never felt before. I started seeking out additional strength training moves. I slowly increased repetitions and weight size. I slowly added resistance bands. I read, researched, and learned more about moving with load, or added weight, and all the benefits to the body.
Fast forward to today, and I have been continually amazed at how strength training has transformed my daily life. I have less neck and shoulder pain. Things I didn’t even realize were physically challenging are suddenly easier and smoother. As I grow stronger, it has even helped increase my flexibility. We often think of the two as mutually exclusive, but I’ve learned that the way our muscles work both in tandem and in opposition in order to move our bones means that resistance training improves flexibility as well. You can read more about strength training and flexibility here and here.
And you don’t have to lift super heavy weights to get stronger and in better shape. I’ve lived it and seen it. Strength gains come quickly. Yet when it comes down to fitting in movement, it can be challenging to fit in a lot of extra things into already busy lifestyles. I still love the benefits I get from yoga. The breath. The stress relief. The coordination. The grounding. The calm and peace. The healing. The mindfulness. The energy. The focus. The better sleep. The improved digestion. The self-connection and self-love. The immune system benefits. Embodied awareness. I could go on!
That's why I'm putting together a program to combine my two loves - yoga and strength.
I realize that this combo is not for everyone. However, it could be a great fit for you if:
*You don't have much time for exercise and need to optimize your time
*You are interested in the benefits of strength training
*You enjoy or think you would enjoy yoga
*You are really wanting to get into a regular fitness routine again, but aren't sure what to do
*You want to build muscle and lose fat
*You are anxious and stressed and need ways to reduce tension
*You are looking for a workout that leaves you refreshed and rejuvenated
If you are thinking "yes" for any of the above, click Access the Video below to check it out today!
I am no stranger to balancing a busy schedule, feeling stressed, and overwhelmed. I found myself in that place of feeling anxious and wired but exhausted and foggy. I felt weak physically and mentally - unable to do some of the things I wanted to do and mentally scattered and unclear. I've worked my way out of that place and found ways to feel strong. I feel stronger in my body, in my voice, my boundaries, my self-worth. Join me to find your path to strength and resilience. Relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, and improve your mood. Build strength, flexibility and mobility to feel strong and resilient and be the YOU that is ready to emerge. Keep up with your busy life with more ease and joy, and feel more connected to yourself and your family.
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