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What yoga can do for you:

The physical benefits: Creates a toned, flexible, and strong body. Improves respiration, energy, and vitality. Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism. Promotes cardio and circulatory health. Relieves pain. Helps you look and feel younger than your age. Improves your athletic performance.

The mental benefits: Helps you relax and handle stressful situations more easily. Teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where you want it to go - into a difficult yoga pose, on the tennis court or golf course, or in the office. Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.

The spiritual benefits: Builds awareness of your body, your feelings, the world around you, the needs of others. Promotes interdependence between mind, body, and spirit. Helps you live the concept of "oneness."  

Here are a few poses to try on your own.

Child's Pose

Cobra Pose

Warrior I

Sun Salutation

Corpse Pose

Triangle Pose

 

To learn how to perform these better and to learn more, visit one of our yoga classes at the YMCA.

Below is a video demonstration of the Sun Salutation Progression.