Tuesday, September 1, 2009

10 Best Yoga Poses for Women An Article on Yoga from the Women's Health Magazine

Good info from the Women's Health Magazine about yoga!  Read on!

So here is the schedule for the next month or so.

Labor Day Yoga - September 7th @ 7 p.m.  To celebrate National Yoga Month, this class is free. Childcare not available on Labor Day.

September 15th - Tuesday Yoga at 7 p.m.  Yeah, thats right yoga on Tuesday!  Monday is open
house at Nederland High School, and I'm on the PTA, so, this week Yoga is on Tuesday.

September 21st & 28th - Yoga at 7 p.m.

After the "Swinging Singing Sisters" finish their practices on Monday night (approximately Oct 18th), then we will switch
the starting time of yoga to 6:30 p.m.  Specific date I'll announce later.

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After the first of the year, I'll be offering a second yoga class on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.  So Monday and Thursday at 6:30 pm, starting at the first of the year.

And now a interesting article from the Women's Health Magazine.

Start yoga, stop snacking

It's no news that yogis are typically hotties. (okay, well they aren't talking about me....) But science is showing there's more behind the enviable yoga butt than chair pose.

A study in August's issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that people who practice yoga regularly also eat more mindfully. That essentially means they eat when they're hungry (as opposed to sad, stressed, or bored), focus on their food while eating (instead of the TV or Web browser), and stop when they're full. The study showed that these habits are also associated with a lower BMI (Body Mass Index).

Similarly researchers in Australia published results of a study that showed a home yoga practice reduced the severity of binge eating disorder.

Try this sequence

10 Best Yoga Poses for Women - Practice these 10 poses in this order at least 3 times a week for optimal overall health.


Child's Pose
Stretches hips, quads, back















Downward Facing Dog
Stretches spine, hamstrings, glutes, calves; strengthens deltoids, triceps















Warrior II
Stretches hips, inner thighs, chest; strengthens quadriceps, abdomen, shoulders















Plank Pose (Modified Plank shown- full plank, knees lifted)
Strengthens arms, back, shoulders, core, quadriceps

















Fierce Pose (otherwise known as "Chair Pose")
Stretches spine; strengthens quadriceps, ankles, back















Tree Pose
Stretches hips, inner thighs; strengthens legs, spine, core















Garland Pose (Sumo Squat - Mongolian Style!) - Not shown
Stretches low back, groin, hips, ankles

Boat Pose
Strengthens core, psoas, quadriceps















Bridge Pose
Stretches front of body; strengthens hamstrings, glutes















Half Lord of the Fishes
Stretches hips, shoulders, back, neck; strengthens spine

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