Friday, March 13, 2009

Fitness Friday: Yoga...Is It Real Exercise??

As part of the Wii Mommies Blog Swing, I'm excited to introduce today's guest blogger, 3boyzmom, who blogs over at Save Your Money Mama where she tells us all about giveaways, coupons, new products and more to help us stretch our budget. Here's her post...

Yoga…four little letters with a lifetime of fitness results! Most people are familiar with yoga, they know what it is; but that’s where their knowledge ends. Yoga is thought by many to be great for flexibility and for your nerves…but not for real fitness. I mean…how can rolling around on the floor stretching your body in weird poses make you stronger or help you lose weight right? WRONG!

Yoga CAN help you lose weight and get fit! But there are specific types of yoga that are designed to maximize your weight loss! Yes! There are even specific yoga poses that will help you melt your fat away!! AND of course, you still get all of the regular benefits of yoga too, like the relaxation and soothing natural energy. Some refer to it as “Power Yoga”. And many experts agree that its fat and calorie burning can be equal to OR BETTER THAN regular aerobic exercise! And so much more calming and relaxing don’t you think?! (I’m quite biased though…I HATE aerobics of any kind!!! If it wasn’t for Yoga….I’d become a full fledged couch potato!)
What is Power Yoga? Power Yoga is an Americanized version of the traditional Yoga techniques, a spin on traditional yoga that incorporates vigor and whole body fitness. It is inspired by Ashtanga yoga, which means “eight limbs”. It’s Power Yoga that got people thinking that maybe yoga IS a way to lose weight and keep fit! Check out a video introduction to Power Yoga by none other than my Yoga idol…Rodney Yee.



So…how do you DO Power Yoga? Power Yoga is done by flowing through a series of yoga poses and synchronizing your breathing patterns with your movement. It may LOOK soft, light, and free flowing….but you are actually receiving a complete, heart pumping, blood flowing, calorie and fat burning exercise!!

I have gained and lost 60 pounds TWICE (I’m working on my 3rd time currently) And when people asked me HOW I lost the weight….they always looked flabbergasted when I said “Yoga”. But it’s true…..yoga is the ONLY exercise program I was using…and I didn’t even change my eating habits!! Once I started Power Yoga…..the weight just came melting off…literally. Some believe this is because many of the poses massage your thyroid gland, and cause your metabolism to be faster and more efficient. It’s also thought to be so fat burning because of the strength you are getting in your muscles…I’d say it’s a bit of both. Now I’m not trying to say that it’s easy and doesn’t require hard work and dedication…it does. But for me…it’s enjoyable. 20-30 minutes of Power Yoga 5 times a day….you will be shrinking so fast people won’t recognize you!!!

Now….if you are new to Yoga…you want to become familiar with yoga poses and develop some basic strength before attempting Power Yoga. Once you can comfortably do full yoga poses, you are ready to begin!

So next time hubby looks at you while doing your lovely yoga pose and says…”Aren’t you going to do real exercise?” You can say…..I AM!!! DUH!! (Ok..you don’t have to add in the Duh part…but I sure would☺

Don't forget, I'm over at The Good Enough Witch talking about Snack Time. The Good Enough Witch is over at Tree, Root, and Twig talking about A Whole New Mii. The Blog Swing is in full motion. Enjoy!

7 comments:

Amber said...

Thanks for sharing! My mom always told me to find something active that you LOVE because it's the only way you'll stick with it. Yoga is my love when it comes to exercising! I'm still learning to stick with it, but I definitely enjoy it more than anything else I've tried.

Lindsey said...

I didn't realize yoga was so effective! I guess I kind of scoffed at the idea before being introduced to it by the Wii Fit - and now I love it! It's relaxing and feels good. :-) Thanks for the post!

Colleen said...

ahh guess I should get working on those yoga poses!

Julie@Cool Mom Guide said...

I loved the yoga on the wii fit because I have terrible balance and it helped me realize how to do the basic moves and now I grasp how to better myself through proper positioning with yoga. It worked for me!

Cheree said...

Was the 5 times a "day" a typo? Because seriously, I don't have time to exercise "5" times a day for 20-30 minutes--did you mean, "5" times a week???

Keri said...

I am a big YOGA fanatic myself! I even taught my second graders different yoga poses and breathing techniques because of their calming effect. (this was great during end of year core testing!) Doing yoga for 30 minute intervals is a lot of work- I never thought I would sweat so hard! I haven't had the chance to do yoga on the wii fit but I love pulling out my mat and Rodney Yee tapes and settling in for a strenuous workout!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I just came over to check out your blgo for the first time (a link to you streamer project!) and wanted to chime in. I *love* yoga! I go to studio classes and I do a one hour Inhale class (it's on the Oxygen network!) every morning. Not only do I burn a ton of calories, I build muscle, tone, improve flexibility and I start my day out right! I love it!

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