My Yoga Experience

Posted: May 20, 2012 in cardio, exercise, fitness, Health, metabolism, wellness, workout, yoga

Today after my Crossboot workout everyone was talking about going to do some YOGA. I have never done any Yoga before but always heard good things about it. The instructor was really knowledgeable and set everything up for us. This was a Hot Yoga class meaning the room is really hot so that you sweat more. I will definitely be going back to this Yoga class. Yoga is not hard at all and you do not have to be in shape to do it all. Anyone can do Yoga.
Some tips that I can provide before doing Yoga:

  • Bring towel
  • Bring water
  • Bring a Yoga mat to lay down on
  • Drink plenty of water before going to the class
  • Breath frequently to help with blood flow and circulation
  • Positive attitude :)

Find a Yoga class whether its at your local gym or community center. Most gyms provide Yoga classes within the the monthly membership. You can even buy some Yoga  dvd’s or search on Youtube for Yoga workouts to get some practice in. If you have any health conditions or pregnancy please consult with a doctor of physician before getting started with YOGA. Good luck and read some benefits of doing Yoga below: Thank you as always -LJAY HEALTH!

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  • Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium
  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
  • EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation)
  • EMG activity decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Breath-holding time increases
  • Joint range of motion increase
  • Grip strength increases
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Dexterity skills improve
  • Reaction time improves
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increases
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases
  • Steadiness improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Balance improves
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and Depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Mood improves
  • Self-actualization increase
  • Social skills increases
  • Well-being increases
  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Self-acceptance increase
  • Attention improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Symbol coding improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • VLDL cholesterol decreases
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholamines decrease
  • ATPase increases
  • Hematocrit increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Total white blood cell count decreases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increases
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Comments
  1. Posh Chick says:

    Wow, very impressive!

  2. Jay Rando says:

    Just wanted to say this was an awesome post, it is a great advert and explanation of all the benefits of Yoga. Now you make me want to give it a try haha.

  3. YogaEssence says:

    Glad to see someone new enjoying yoga and loved the detail with the benefits you listed!

  4. Zalbarath says:

    The more one exercises yoga, the more one see its effect on body and psyche. It relaxes quickly and alter mind as if it was meditating (probably due regular deep breaths combined with movements).

  5. Anjali says:

    I’ve been practicing yoga for 14 months now. I even take my four-year-old for family yoga classes! Did you really do a headstand in your first yoga class? That’s nothing short of awesome!

  6. lauracoholan says:

    Wow! I love that you included the biochemical benefits of yoga! That’s awesome! Way to go. :) – Laura

  7. Great review of the benefits of yoga. Even though “anyone” can do yoga, the benefits of a long term practice are amazing. Glad you gave it a try!

  8. L2Kitchen says:

    Yoga rules. I love it!

  9. Thanks for visiting my site! I will follow you for some exercise tips. I love yoga – use it as part of my cross-training and to de-stress. I recommend it to people I counsel for weight loss because of the mindfulness it provides. That is a piece of the healthy eating puzzle that so many people miss.

  10. One of these days I got try this…

  11. Reblogged this on Reclaiming My Sexy and commented:
    Yoga benefits the mind, body, and soul.

  12. YouYoga says:

    Reblogged this on YouYoga.

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  14. Writings for a Blissful Soul says:

    Thank you for following my blog. I love this~probably not a shocker! ;) Thank you for such a straightforward, encouraging post on the benefits of yoga!

  15. Cheryl says:

    Another great post of yours and let me say your “wheel pose” is lovely. You are very open and flexible in your upper torso. Most men who weight train lose alot of their natural flexibilty as they get older and / or train harder. Are you a personal trainer as well?

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you Cheryl, I try and do yoga at least twice a week. Many people are surprised when I perform yoga moves because of my body build haha. I do personal training as well!

      • Cheryl says:

        I thought you did, at least I hoped so. Your the kind of trainer I love to see. Very motivational but teaching safe, tried and true methods. Eat right, move right and it’s all right. Words to live by ( I also throw in “breath right “).

  16. Hydie says:

    Reblogged this on Yoga Teachings and commented:
    A most extensive list of the health benefits of yoga.

  17. Yoga Mama says:

    Lovely. I really appreciate this truth being highlighted: anyone can do yoga. I know it’s true as I have been a teacher for over 11 years and have worked with people who cannot stand unassisted. And what a great list you’ve compiled of yoga’s many benefits. Thanks for sharing!

  18. offshewent says:

    Sorry for leaving comments all over your blog , all your posts are so readable and I can relate to them. :) you should try bikram yoga! It’s really great and can burn more than calories than a 10km run..

  19. Not Just a Mother Runner says:

    wow LJay, great backbend!!! I wish I could do that :)

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