Sitting has been deemed the new smoking.
That may seem like a heavy accusation but let’s address where we currently are. Modern society encourages inactivity, and sitting for extended periods of time. We are sedentary, of course not evolutionary, just socially. We sit to eat, poop, work, drive, travel...and even exercise...I’m talking to you, cyclists. Sitting is not only linked to chronic disease but it wreaks havoc on your spine. Raise your hand if you work at a computer! That’s what I thought. We can clearly see that there is an imbalance here.
Legs up the wall pose as we call it in Yoga land is a restorative yoga posture that not only allows the mind and the body to relax but its stress and tension relieving benefits can affect you more than you might think. It is a very simple yoga poses, so simple even my dad does it, because it doesn’t require much flexibility or strength. The hard work here is honestly just being still and silent long enough to let this inversion work it’s magic.
The purpose of this pose is to invert the body in the safest and easiest ways to elicit a relaxation effect on the body. When the body is relaxed the mind can relax and stress and anxiety can decrease significantly. Slow and controlled breathing can help to lower the heart rate which is typically higher in those who suffer from stress.
People have so many notions about Yoga; that it is way too hard for them to ever do, or way too easy. All the time I hear that Yoga is really just stretching, right? I’ll let you in on one of my FAVORITE things about Yoga…it can be WHATEVER you need it to be. And whatever you don’t like about it is mostly likely what you need. Having said that, let’s dive into today’s topic, the absolute best way to tap into the Yoga you need, to answer all your Yoga questions and feel the best you’ve ever felt: Yoga private lessons.
There is a good chance one of our teachers or another student has invited you to Yoga class. At the very least you have heard of yoga before. Perhaps you are inspired to try but equally nervous or unsure about what to do, what to say, what to wear etc. Well, I am going to clear all of that up for you now, starting with the number one question I am asked and ending with the answers to questions no one wants to ask. Check it.
Yep. That is number one. Comfort is the most important thing in Yoga and in life in general. So wear clothes that you can comfortably move around in. Gym clothes or even lazy Saturday clothes will do just fine. I would stay away from anything too baggy because in Yoga we do go upside down to some extent and our shorts shouldn’t become thongs and our shirts shouldn’t smack us in the face. Maybe a pair of compression shorts for the men and spandex top or undershirt for the ladies. Also we get to set our feet free! That means NO shoes & NO socks. Ok wear socks if you must but eventually you will love your feet so much you will never want to wear socks. (Socks also make your feet a little extra slippery too.)
You may be wondering what yoga is, if you have to shop at Lululemon, wear Tibetan Mala beads as an accessory, or have the prerequisite of folding your legs behind your head to be qualified to do yoga.
Well guess what?! Yoga isn't any of those things!