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Top 10 Benefits of Yoga

Posted on February 23, 2015 by

DONT BE PUSHEDNo matter what your fitness level is, yoga can help you in many ways.  Not only does yoga affect the physical aspect of the body, it addresses the mind and spirit as well.  Yoga exercises are a great way to help relieve the stress of your day and can bring a sense of well-being to your life.  Now we all can use a little of that!  Here are the top ten benefits of yoga.

Stress Relief – Yoga can help reduce the effects of stress on your body.  One of the benefits of yoga is that it encourages relaxation and can lower the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body.  Studies show that prolonged high levels of cortisol can lead to heart disease and other health problems.

Improved Circulation – Yoga will help improve your body’s circulation.  In turn, with daily exercises, you will see the benefits of yoga with lowered blood pressure and pulse rates.

Increased Cardiovascular Conditioning – Even the gentlest style of yoga will help to lower your resting heart rate and increase your overall endurance.  This is one of the important benefits of yoga to help improve the amount of oxygen taken in during the daily exercises.

Relief from Pain – Daily exercises of yoga can help ease the aches and pains of the body.  Many people with very serious diseases have reported less pain after these daily  exercises or meditation.

Better Breathing – You will learn to take deeper, slower breaths with daily exercises of yoga.  It will help to increase your lung function and set off the body’s relaxation response.  This can be one of the most powerful benefits of yoga.

More Flexibility – You will notice your level of flexibility will increase, which will help you with your range of motion.  Sometimes in the yoga daily exercises, people cannot even touch their toes.  The benefits of yoga will include lengthening the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your body to help you become more flexible.

Increased Muscular Strength – Yoga poses use all the muscles in your body and help you increase your strength level from head to toe.  Yoga and daily exercises will help you strengthen your muscles close to the bones, which increase the support of your skeletal system.

Weight Management – You will see the benefits of yoga begin to affect your scale.  Daily exercises are always recommended, but yoga helps reduce the level of cortisol in your body which aids in weight loss and weight maintenance.

Improved Mental Clarity and Focus – You can have greater coordination, memory skills, reaction times, and improved concentration skills by utilizing yoga for daily exercises.  These benefits of yoga will extend far out of the yoga class.

Inner Peace – What more could you want.  This is one of the primary reasons that people do daily exercises of yoga.  This is one of the most important benefits of yoga and is also one of the more easy ones to attain.

If you haven’t tried yoga, you should!  You may find it is just what you need.

Join us Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.—your first class is free!


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Posted on June 18, 2014 by

Could You Benefit from Mind-Body Exercise?

Posted on May 19, 2014 by

Get over the notion that this type of exercise is only for ‘those’ kind of people!  Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi & Qi Gong have gained popularity over the past few years but still many do not consider this type of exercise for them.  Are you one of them?  What is holding you back?

Mind-body exercise encourages body movement with mental focus and controlled breathing.   It’s been proven to improve strength, balance, flexibility, lung capacity, circulation and enhance overall health.  You could achieve better posture and let go of some of the tension that you carry in your shoulders.  Almost anyone can participate and very little equipment is necessary.  Modifications can be made if you have trouble getting up and down to your knees.

Yoga has roots in India and has been practiced for over 2000 years.  There are many different types of yoga practiced today and at CFWLS we offer Hatha yoga, a basic stretching and strengthening class that focuses on relaxation and breathing.  Those in our class indicate they feel more fit, have more energy, are happier and less stressed.

Pilates is a much newer mind-body exercise but has some similarities to yoga.  The focus is on core stabilization. It is low impact exercise and ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Pilates has six principles: concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision.  These help train the body to move efficiently. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.  We have several personal trainers that could meet with you one-on-one to teach you a pilates routine to add to your mix.

The mind-body connection contributes more to weight gain and weight distribution than most of us realize. Stress is a common factor in people who are over-weight.  Your body responds to ‘issues in the tissues’ – in other words, you hold emotion in your body. ‘In a nutshell’, your thoughts influence the shape, structure and functioning of your body and your body reinforces your mental or emotional state. When you become ‘weighed down’ by life, your body responds accordingly!

We offer two different mind-body classes each week. Liz instructs a PiYo class on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. PiYo is a wonderful fusion of Pilates, Yoga and Stretching that will help you burn calories and build lean body mass!  The dynamic movement increases strength, balance, and agility, while being easy on the mind and joints.  I encourage you to try both this class and the yoga class held every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours until you find one you like.

Lighten up and Live well. Namaste~


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Posted on January 29, 2014 by

Workout and Work Off Stress

Posted on January 06, 2014 by

Workout to Work Off Stress!

Workout to Work Off Stress!

Now that the holidays are over, the stress in your life is gone and you have lots of time to devote to exercise.  What do you mean, “Not really.”?

There is always going to be a certain amount of stress in your life.  Some of the things that come your way are neither predictable or preventable.  You may not actually be able to do anything to change these events but you have total control over your  response to them and its effect on your body.

Your coping mechanisms work better if you’re not overly tired and have eaten properly so it’s important to keep to a regular sleep schedule and eating pattern.  And don’t forget exercise!  Physical activity also helps you combat stress. Anything you enjoy, whether it’s aerobic or strength training, will act as a stress-buster. Make exercise part of your stress management plan.

Your body releases endorphins, your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, as a result of physical activity. You don’t have to be a runner, any heart-pumping exercise will work.

Regular exercise lowers the symptoms related to mild depression and anxiety while increasing your overall health and your sense of well-being. Sleep can be improved with routine exercise. Stress, depression and anxiety often disrupt sleep but easing the stress levels can put you back in command.

Your mind responds to meditation in motion! Try it—after an hour of PiYo or Yoga, you will have forgotten what irritated you during the day. Repetitive motions that command your concentration keep you focused on a single movement and can help you remain calm and collected in everyday tasks. Who couldn’t use a little more energy and optimism?

¨ Start by making a plan and take it slow. The gyms are full of people who burn out before January is over. This is a life-long habit you are building, not a 30-day program.

¨ Set realistic goals and find a friend who enjoys the same activities to join you. You are more likely to stick with it if someone is waiting for you.

¨ Try something new. Check out the new class line-up below or consider personal training.

¨ Put it on your schedule. 45-60 minute workout, three days a week, you spend more time than that on Facebook.

You deserve to be happy, healthy & strong this year – and you can make it happen!

 2014 Fitness Line-up

Mondays                       6:30 pm                       Intervals with Susan

Tuesdays                       6:00 pm                      PiYo with Robin

Wednesdays                12:00 pm                     Fit Xpress with Arlyne  (30 min)

                                      5:30 pm                     Core & More with Susan

Thursdays                     6:00 pm                     Yoga with Anne

Saturdays                      8:30 am                     Zumba with Gail

Classes are part of your WMU program or WLFitness Membership.  They may also be purchased separately or as part of a 10 class pass.

Watch for special offerings like our next Tai Chi program that begins on Thursday, January 9th at 7:15 pm.

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Sign up here or in the Nutrition store or call us at 757-873-1880 to claim your spot!

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Posted on November 07, 2013 by

Stretching for Optimal Fitness

Posted on October 30, 2013 by