Dr. Oz recommends doing the 7 minute “sun salutation” exercise from yoga every day. I’m sure you’ve heard him say that at some point. I was 8 months pregnant when I mustered up enough courage to drag myself into my first yoga class. It was the hot summer and a new yoga studio called The Yoga Lounge had just opened up nearby where I live.
I will try most anything if it’s offered it to me for free. Well, not quite anything – but some things for sure! This summer in particular, this brand-new yoga studio was offering a whole week for FREE! I was hot, pregnant and slightly miserable. I had convinced myself that yoga was going to help open my pelvis and out little Benaiah would come! With that in mind, I’m fairly certain I was standing in line as their first customer. My husband went with me for support in case it threw me into labor or something!
I have to be honest, I had some misconceptions about yoga, and I went into my first class thinking that I wasn’t truly going to like it. Boy, was I wrong! The owners name is Amy and she had this spunky little body that was tight as a rock. I wondered, was that all from practicing yoga? The class began and she encouraged us to take each position at our own pace. I’m sure she could sense that some of us (me!) had NEVER done yoga.
Amy reassured us that the practice would meet each one of us at a different spot. In fact, she made me feel so comfortable that I felt like even if my yoga session led me to curl up on my mat and take a nap, that could serve as my yoga session for the day. However, on the flip side, if my yoga practice led me to do a head stand, she would meet me there to guide me. There was no judgment that hour. I felt relaxed and renewed, all while working up a good sweat! I was addicted.
After my first free week, I was a junkie. I bought some classes and now I can say that I too see the benefit of Dr. Oz’s recommendation to spend those 7 minutes doing yoga moves. My job requires a lot of standing and my back used to ache some days. Stretching and elongating my spine all while focusing on my posture has really helped.
I believe that over the years I carried so much weight on my body, it truly affected my posture as well as my spine. My shoulders naturally want to roll forward because my body used to be holding onto 230 extra pounds dragging me into the earth. Even after I got rid of the weight, the damage to my structure needed a little tweaking!
Yoga. Yoga. Yoga! How it has helped me! There are truly so many benefits to yoga. The owner of The Yoga Lounge gave me an article that states 77 surprising help benefits to yoga. As I read through them, I recognized that many of them I have experienced personally. I encourage you to give yoga a try, there are different styles that you can do at any age and any fitness level! If I did it barefoot and pregnant, so can you!